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Yutaka Hoshino / Peco
Arata Iura ...
Makoto Tsukimoto / Smile (as Arata)
Sam Lee ...
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
Suzuki Matsuo ...
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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)
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Subtle Effects, Great Story, Awesome Soundtrack
24 March 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This was a great movie to come out of Japan. The actors playing the roles made these characters come to life. Yôsuke Kubozuka, that played Peco (Peko) was such a dynamic character. Also, the actor that played Butterfly Joe was hysterical. The soundtrack which was a great mix of electronica and other genres, makes it so much better. And the special effects were subtle, but impressive. The effects didn't slap you in the face like the Hong Kong film Shaolin Soccer (even though I enjoyed that one too). Overall a great movie. Rent or buy it and check out the soundtrack.


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