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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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Details

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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The best Japanese movie I've seen.
21 March 2005 | by ville_koistinenSee all my reviews

I watched this movie the first time last summer and I really liked it. Now after seeing it the second time I absolutely adore it. The ending almost got me into tears and that's really something.

Ping Pong is about friendship and well, table tennis. I really don't think you can call this a normal sport film because that's kind of a lame term. And this isn't a lame film.

The directing is good and acting too and the whole mood of this flick is stunning, especially in the end. I got the shivers.

Too bad that this is, at least for most people, really hard to find. I'm glad my friend went to Japan and by mistake got this film and then gave this to me. A weird coincidence.


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