Ping Pong

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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 that they may end up facing off against each other in the finals.


Yôsuke Kubozuka
as Yutaka Hoshino : Peco
Shidô Nakamura
as Ryûichi Kazama : Dragon
Sam Lee
as China
as Smile

Critic Reviews for Ping Pong

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  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • An overlong exercise in sport as character-builder.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Overlong and overstuffed with characters and situations, Ping Pong doesn't really succeed on a dramatic level.

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

    Apr 9, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • The film projects a sense of loopy joy that comes from being young and playing the only game that matters.

    Apr 3, 2007 | Full Review…

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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