Ping Pong Playa (2007)



Critic Consensus: A gentle, light, kid friendly comedy about a Chinese-American hoopster turned ping pong pro, Playa is a charming but considerable digression from director Jessica Yu's previous works.

Ping Pong Playa Videos

Ping Pong Playa Photos

Movie Info

Christopher "C-dub" Wang is a suburban guy who sports an urban swagger, waxes political on all things Asian American, and clings to pipe dreams of a career as a pro basketball player. Blaming genetics for his failure to make the NBA, C-dub lives at home, works a dead-end job, and squirms in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, a doctor and ping pong champion. When the Wang family livelihood is threatened by a rival ping pong player's attempts to lure the kids away, C-dub begins to take things more seriously. With the National Golden Cock Tournament coming up and an injured Michael unable to defend his title, C-dub must become the player he pretends to be and defend his family's ping pong dynasty.
PG-13 (for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:

Watch it now


Jimmy Tsai
as Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang
Shelley Malil
as D. B. Reddy
Roger Fan
as Michael Wang
Percival Arcibal
as Teenage Ping Pong Player
Alexander Agate
as Loser Kid 1
Adam Bobrow
as Dan Furlie
Elizabeth Sung
as Mrs. Wang
Romeo Brown
as Kevin
Smith Cho
as Jennifer
Stephnie Weir
as Cheryl
Catherine Dao
as Mrs. Sun
Javin Reid
as Prabakar
Jordan Green
as Loser Kid
Cici Lau
as Mrs. Chen
Jim Lau
as Mr. Wang
Peter Paige
as Gerald
Khary Payton
as JP Money
Andrew Vo
as Felix
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Ping Pong Playa

Critic Reviews for Ping Pong Playa

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14)

Mostly a little shrewder about stereotypes than your typical slacker comedy, deriving its edge from Yu and Tsai's mining of the cultural specificity of Asian-America for laughs

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
Top Critic

Charming despite requisite training sequences and a cartoonishly evil opponent.

October 17, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Ping Pong Playa falters on formula only occasionally, but otherwise remains a consistently agreeable romp that strikes just the right chord of ironic sentimentally.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

There's no resisting the movie's antic affability or its irreverence, even with Chris's unavoidable progression toward the mature appreciation of his roots.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The movie doesn't take its broad, jokey premise terribly far, but it manages to sustain a goofy-sweet comic energy and offers sly observations about assimilation, sibling rivalry and the art of competitive maternal bragging.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A decidedly lightweight amusement, the first comedy from documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu is the sort of movie that works best if you keep your expectations low.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ping Pong Playa


"People always think that, you know, Chinese people are only good at math, martial arts, and mu shu pork, you know? But basketball, hey, that was really my thing back in the day, you know what I'm saying? I used to play on the JV squad." Ping Pong Playa is about Christopher "C-Dub" Wang. He's an underachieving, lazy young adult who has no ambitions. He spends his time playing video games, reading comic books, and making up excuses about why he's not in the NBA. Obviously it's genetic, he is Chinese and says that we are all short. He starts teaching a ping pong class and ultimately ends up competing in a ping pong competition in order to keep his families ping pong business thriving. Honestly I expected to find Ping Pong Playa horrible. It's anything but horrible though. Jimmy Tsai as C-Dub was great. The ping pong scenes were really well done. The movie was very funny and had a lot to say about different stereotypes, such as Chinese people can't drive. Ping Pong Playa turned out to be a cool little movie. Hey, it beats Balls of Fury.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Totally ridiculous and very well done : )

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


Stupid, but made me laugh. I ended up liking it...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Ping Pong Playa Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Ping Pong Playa on our Movie forum!

News & Features