Ping Pong (2002)
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Critic Reviews for Ping Pong
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.
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.
Overlong and overstuffed with characters and situations, Ping Pong doesn't really succeed on a dramatic level.
Ping Pong is probably the most extravagant celebration of a childhood game ever committed to film.
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.
This was a refreshingly charming story, well acted on all parts. It was fun and funny, and worth your time. Go rent it now.
40% comedy, 60% drama. Not many special effects, unlike what a few write-ups suggest, and the actors seem rather old for high schoolers. Peco reminded me of a Peewee Herman man/child - maybe that's a close portrayal from the comic book?
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