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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)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Yutaka Hoshino / Peco
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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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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Connections

Remade as Ping Pong the Animation (2014) See more »

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Surprisingly good and charming
29 March 2003 | by yojimbo999See all my reviews

a terrific movie. i was surprised by how good and mature the screenplay was. the movie takes place in the world of high school ping pong, but really it's more of a human story about friendship and hero worshipping, and not living life like it's a curse. a good movie, highly recommended, even if you don't know a lick about ping pong (which pretty much sums up my experience).


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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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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,483,384
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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