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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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it was great
30 August 2003 | by brecedoggSee all my reviews

the movie is about these two boys who have been friends since they were young. they are both on the ping pong club team. the main character peco is a cocky kid who thinks that he is great, though he is, his best friend "smile" (because he doesnt) is equily as good but doesnt let himself try. the two join a tournament and peco loses to an easy foe while smile beats the only person to ever beat peco... make sense? anyway, the two separate. peco loses his will to play and smile trains harder than ever. they meet again at another tournament where at the end they are put against eachother by elimination. i think that the characters in this movie are pretty interesting. the acting for the most part is fairly good but also a little over the top in a few scenes because of how animated the peco character is. a few things are also pretty far fetched. i would say that it is overall a good movie but you cant take it too seriously or you will be let down.

if you like this movie check out aoi haru (blue spring) it is based off of a manga by the same author that wrote ping pong... though much more violent, this movie is a fantastic movie. i would say to also check out kyoki no sakura staring kabozuke yosuke, also much more violent in nature, but a fantastic movie aswell.


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