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Pinpon (2002)

The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. "Peco" Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy... See full summary »

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Yutaka Hoshino / Peco
Arata Iura ...
Makoto Tsukimoto / Smile (as Arata)
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Kong Wenge / China
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Ryûichi Kazama / Dragon
Kôji Ohkura ...
Manabu Sakuma / Demon
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Butterfly Joe
Mari Natsuki ...
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Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Takahiro Hirano
Mako Ishino
Kôen Kondô
Erika Mabuchi
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Asumi Miwa
Ayumu Moriyama
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The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. "Peco" Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy childhood friend "Smile" Tsukimoto. Smile frustrates his coach and rivals, who recognize his talent for the game since it is just a game to him. To teach him, his high-school coach learns that coaching is more than just training the students to be good ping-pong players. Ironically, as Smile begins to develop his game, Peco undergoes a severe crisis after his defeat by rival players and is unable to play well until he rediscovers the original reasons why he plays ping-pong. Written by nakataohana

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$208,780 (Japan), 9 August 2002, Limited Release
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Wonderfully rendered and creative
3 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a superb adaptation of the flabbergasting manga series by genius Taiyo Matsumoto; the director has truly made a tremendously good work! The actors are well-chosen and very good in their role, the picture is great (a "manga-style" centring, which is very interesting) and the story never gets boring, even if the film is over two hours.

I was impressed and have only very few negative comments to make, but I think they only concern things that have been lost in translation. The movie needs a certain knowledge of Japanese society to be fully understood, but is also funny to anyone who does not know much about it. Deliciously delirious!


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