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Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  5 September 2008 (USA)
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A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang
JP Money
Mr. Wang
Michael Wang
Mrs. Wang
Kevin Chung ...
William Lin
Gerald Harcourt
Cheryl Davis
Sir Jonathan Oliver ...
Jon Howard
DB Reddy
Martin Chow ...
Jerry Lin


A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

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ping pong | asian american | See All (2) »


Don't just win. Destroy.


Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Игрок пинг-понга  »

Box Office

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$30,797 (USA) (5 September 2008)


$77,827 (USA) (3 October 2008)

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The TV show that Wang is interviewed on throughout the movies is called "Eye on East Hills with Jon Howard." The actor playing Jon Howard bears a strong resemblance to Ron Howard, star of 'Happy Days'. See more »


Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang: They called me the Orient Express. They called me that for more than one reason, feel me?
Jon Howard: Actually, I don't.
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »


HK Superstar
Performed by Jin Auyeung (as Jin) featuring Daniel Wu
Words and Music by Jin Auyeung, Prohgress (as James Roh), Kevnish (as Kevin Nishimura), Joe Cheung and Stefan Taylor
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Uneven comedy that illustrates immigrant attitudes
15 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ping-pong Playa is very funny at times and very uncomfortable at other times. The lead Chinese-American character Christopher Wang (pronounced Wong) or C-dub is hilarious when he does his gangsta routine. He is also very "Ghetto", quite racist and all too authentic.

The plot itself is very Karate kid lite, done on a low after-school movie budget but is pleasant enough.

But most Asian, or other minorities for that matter can relate to C-dub and both laugh and cringe. The way Caucasians are depicted is over the top but does reflect some of the frustration at the old-school-tie attitudes that are still running things - even when they are trying to be benevolent. Sadly, we have all experienced those unintentional incredibly ignorant remarks from people like the tournament director. If you are from Hong Kong or one of the former British colonies then you'd know what C-dub was sayin'...

This might have been less cringe-worthy if it had gotten out of the American immigrant self-imposed apartheid ghetto mentality. But then again maybe that works better as (un)intentional irony.

Overall, not great but it did precede things like Outsourced which deal with similar themes. C-dub's rapping is very funny (as is the Cantonese hip-hop - so bad that I'm glad they didn't translate it...) and it does give insight into Asian-American attitudes and prejudices.

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