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Director:
Writers:
Taiyo Matsumoto (comic)
Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 July 2004 (UK) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Fumihiko Sori 
 
Writing credits
Taiyo Matsumoto (comic)

Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)

Produced by
Toru Ishitoya .... assistant producer
Shinji Ogawa .... producer
Tamotsu Shiina .... executive producer
Sanae Suzuki .... producer
Mitsuru Uda .... assistant producer
 
Cinematography by
Akira Sakoh 
 
Film Editing by
Soichi Ueno 
 
Art Direction by
Koichi Kanekatsu 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shinsuke Ono .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hitoshi Yamada .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Toshinori Takata .... technical director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Koichi Kuroda .... still photographer
Kôichi Watanabe .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Ping-Pong" - International (English title) (literal title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
More films like this, please!, 12 May 2005
Author: aodugo from Washington, DC

I was incredibly lucky to get to view this on real film, and loved it. It turned the rather interesting sport of ping pong into a watchable, hyper, twisting story of friendship. I occasionally cried. The cinematography and special effects are splendid -- they bring it in touch with the manga it was based on, without making it inaccessibly over-produced. Also, the casting is fantastic; you can tell that the actors were type-cast, but the movie only seems to benefit from it. As others have mentioned, the soundtrack was excellent -- if Simon & Garfunkel and Japancakes collaborated on Asian pop, I think it would sound a lot like this. My only reservation is on the subbing; though it's better than dubbed would ever be, something is occasionally lost in translation when innocent phrases in Japanese end up translating into English as something connotatively very different.

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