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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 »

Director:

Fumihiko Sori

Writers:

Taiyô Matsumoto (comic), Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Yutaka Hoshino / Peco
Arata Iura Arata Iura ... Makoto Tsukimoto / Smile (as Arata)
Sam Lee ... Kong Wenge / China
Shidô Nakamura ... Ryûichi Kazama / Dragon
Kôji Ohkura Kôji Ohkura ... Manabu Sakuma / Demon
Naoto Takenaka ... Butterfly Joe
Mari Natsuki Mari Natsuki ... Obaba
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Takahiro Hirano Takahiro Hirano
Mako Ishino Mako Ishino
Kôen Kondô
Erika Mabuchi Erika Mabuchi
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo ... Policeman
Asumi Miwa Asumi Miwa
Ayumu Moriyama Ayumu Moriyama
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Cantonese

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ping Pong See more »

Filming Locations:

Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$208,780 (Japan), 9 August 2002, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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More films like this, please!
12 May 2005 | by aodugoSee all my reviews

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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