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The Prince of Tennis (2006)

Tennis no oujisama (original title)
Twelve year old tennis prodigy, Ryoma Echizen attends the distinguished school of Seishun Academy Middle School with his eyes set on being on the regulars team of the tennis club, which the school is famous for.

Director:

Yûichi Abe

Writers:

Daisuke Habara (scenario), Takeshi Konomi (creator)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kanata Hongô ... Ryoma Echizen
Yû Shirota Yû Shirota ... Kunimitsu Tezuka
Hiroki Aiba Hiroki Aiba ... Syuusuke Fuji
Hiroki Suzuki ... Syuuichiro Oishi
Osamu Adachi Osamu Adachi ... Eiji Kikumaru
Hirofumi Araki Hirofumi Araki ... Sadaharu Inui
Yoshikazu Kotani Yoshikazu Kotani ... Takashi Kawamura
Masaki Kaji Masaki Kaji ... Takeshi Momoshiro
Kousuke Kujirai Kousuke Kujirai ... Kaoru Kaidoh
Ryûji Sainei Ryûji Sainei ... Keigo Atobe
Gorô Kishitani ... Nanjiroh Echizen
Hitomi Shimatani Hitomi Shimatani ... Sumire Ryuuzaki
Sayuri Iwata Sayuri Iwata ... Shion Higaki
Kouji Date Kouji Date ... Choutarou Ohtori
Tokio Emoto Tokio Emoto ... Gakuto Mukahi
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Twelve year old Ryoma Echizen is the tennis prodigy from America who has the personal history of winning 4 successive victories at the American Junior Tennis tournaments. His father, Nanjiroh Echizen, a tennis player of legendary status, recalls Ryoma back to Japan to attend the distinguished school of Seishun Academy Middle School. Ryoma, a first year, has his eyes set on being on the regulars team of the tennis club, which the school is famous for. The members of the Seigaku regulars team include Kunimitsu Tezuka, the captain of the tennis club, whose ranking is that on the National's level. The vice-captain, Syuichirou Oishi, who has a calm and rational sense of playing sense, compliments the acrobatic plays of his double's partner, Eiji Kikumaru; making them the Golden Pair. Third year, Shusuke Fuji, a formidable player, is known for his tactical skill on the tennis courts. Then there's Sadaharu Inui, whose tennis style relies on what he calls, "data tennis" and Takashi Kawamura ... Written by vera26

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 May 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prince of Tennis See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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DTS-Stereo | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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In the movie, the character of Wakashi Hiyoshi from the Hyotei school was replaced by Egate Mcleod Higaki, whereas in the manga/anime, there was no Egate Mcleod Higaki, he was created as an original character for the movie. Similarly, Egate Mcleod Higaki's sister, Shioin Higaki, is also an original character that was not in the manga/anime series. Her purpose in the movie is to pretty much serve as a double role of representing the anime/manga character of Sakuno Ryuzaki and Egate's sister. See more »

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Remake of The Prince of Tennis (2001) See more »

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Good translation of comic to a movie
14 January 2013 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Based on a comic by Takashi Konomi, Prince of Tennis is a story about Ryoma Echizen who's a child prodigy tennis player returning home to Japan from USA.

The story is comic all the way. It's not comical, but it's filled with impossible "shots" fired by the tennis players. The ball moves as if they had a life of their own, supposedly "controlled" by the players. Japanese comic has tradition of super athletes like this beginning with Tetsuya Chiba's base ball saga "Chikai No Makyu" in the '60s. This is yet another version of super athlete that can transform the ball into a magic "bullet".

The movie is a good translation from the comic, and each of the players are presented in a believable fashion. It seems that they were expecting to make a sequel from the way the movie ended, but maybe the movie didn't perform well at the box office, and the idea was canned.

Sayuri Iwata and Yu Shirota puts in a good performance. Sayuri Iwata's role is one invented for this movie, and does not appear in the original comic.

The story is bit weak, but the action between the players are entertaining to watch. It's a good intro movie for the Prince of Tennis saga.


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