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Ping Pong

Ping Pong (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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The debut feature film from Sori is a tale of adolescent angst and stylish table tennis sequences. Ping Pong's main character, Tsukimoto (Arata), is an overly sensitive young man who refuses to actually defeat his opponents at the game table because he does not want them to feel bad. His buddy Peco (Yosuke Kubozuka) is a brashly confident and flamboyant player, who meets his match in Kong (Sam Lee). After suffering injuries and temptations, both enter the same major tournament only to realize

Sep 4, 2007

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (5) | DVD (3)

Braced by spiky humor but tempered by sentimentality, Ping Pong might have been a disposable teen comedy if not for the Japanese film's unexpectedly thrilling action sequences and subtly profound observations about competition and the human spirit.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The movie has some of the feel of a good graphic novel and offers a lot of Japanese pop pleasures as well. The images are eye-catching and highly colorful, the pacing is fast, and the story and the characters are simple, grabby and archetypal.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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An overlong exercise in sport as character-builder.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Overlong and overstuffed with characters and situations, Ping Pong doesn't really succeed on a dramatic level.

April 16, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Ping Pong is probably the most extravagant celebration of a childhood game ever committed to film.

April 9, 2007
New York Times
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The film projects a sense of loopy joy that comes from being young and playing the only game that matters.

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There are no surprises in this match, but director Fumihiko Sori makes the games visually thrilling and communicates the athletic nirvana of high-level competition...

May 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Table tennis. That's pretty much it. For two hours.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

Seems more suited to video than the big screen--a study in teen angst with some digitally enhanced shots of table tennis.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Kudo neatly codes allusions to yin-yangs into his frames, stressing time and again that the game of ping pong is not about winning so much as it is a matter of social. camaraderie and blissful self-reflection.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Previsível como a maior parte dos filmes de esporte, mas acaba conquistando por desenvolver muito bem seus personagens, levando o espectador a se importar com todos eles.

January 13, 2007
Cinema em Cena

For what it's worth, it's undoubtedly the best ping pong movie ever made!

January 26, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC

A quirky drama with finely drawn characters and some kinetic ping-pong action.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This film is so endearing and entertaining that it's hard to understand why it hasn't gone on to take the world by storm ... igniting a ping pong craze in the process!

June 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Despite being a little cliché, Ping Pong is a hell of a lot of fun.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Surprisingly wonderful. Ultimately transcends the ka-plink ka-plink ka-plink of little plastic balls on wooden tables - it becomes an elegant tango of the mind and soul.

May 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

Perhaps the best sports movie I've ever seen.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
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Audience Reviews for Ping Pong

Ostensibly a sports film, but it isn't really. Based on the manga series of the same name, it's about high school championship ping pong, but instead of the classic underdog beats the world plot, we have a quiet boy with talent but no motivation for winning and his arrogant friend who he lets beat him. So our introverted hero finds his strength (cue Rocky soundtrack) and after many trials and tribulations, finishes with a head-to-head match and wins the championship and a standing ovation, hooray? Nope, nothiing like that. Guess you might have to see it.
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