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The Prince of Tennis (2006)
"Tennis no oujisama" (original title)

 -  Action  -  13 May 2006 (Japan)
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Twelve year old tennis prodigy, Ryoma Echizen attends the distinguished school of Seishun Academy Middle School with his eyes set on being on the regulars team of the tennis club, which the school is famous for.

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Twelve year old Ryoma Echizen is the tennis prodigy from America who has the personal history of winning 4 successive victories at the American Junior Tennis tournaments. His father, Nanjiroh Echizen, a tennis player of legendary status, recalls Ryoma back to Japan to attend the distinguished school of Seishun Academy Middle School. Ryoma, a first year, has his eyes set on being on the regulars team of the tennis club, which the school is famous for. The members of the Seigaku regulars team include Kunimitsu Tezuka, the captain of the tennis club, whose ranking is that on the National's level. The vice-captain, Syuichirou Oishi, who has a calm and rational sense of playing sense, compliments the acrobatic plays of his double's partner, Eiji Kikumaru; making them the Golden Pair. Third year, Shusuke Fuji, a formidable player, is known for his tactical skill on the tennis courts. Then there's Sadaharu Inui, whose tennis style relies on what he calls, "data tennis" and Takashi Kawamura ... Written by vera26

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The character of Sumire Ryuzaki's age was changed so that instead of being a grandmother (and Nanjiroh's junior middle school coach), she became a year younger than Nanjiroh and became a former junior middle school student with him. See more »

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Good translation of comic to a movie
14 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a comic by Takashi Konomi, Prince of Tennis is a story about Ryoma Echizen who's a child prodigy tennis player returning home to Japan from USA.

The story is comic all the way. It's not comical, but it's filled with impossible "shots" fired by the tennis players. The ball moves as if they had a life of their own, supposedly "controlled" by the players. Japanese comic has tradition of super athletes like this beginning with Tetsuya Chiba's base ball saga "Chikai No Makyu" in the '60s. This is yet another version of super athlete that can transform the ball into a magic "bullet".

The movie is a good translation from the comic, and each of the players are presented in a believable fashion. It seems that they were expecting to make a sequel from the way the movie ended, but maybe the movie didn't perform well at the box office, and the idea was canned.

Sayuri Iwata and Yu Shirota puts in a good performance. Sayuri Iwata's role is one invented for this movie, and does not appear in the original comic.

The story is bit weak, but the action between the players are entertaining to watch. It's a good intro movie for the Prince of Tennis saga.


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