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Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 5 September 2008 (USA)
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A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

Director:

Jessica Yu
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Tsai ... Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang
Andrew Vo ... Felix
Khary Payton ... JP Money
Jim Lau ... Mr. Wang
Roger Fan ... Michael Wang
Elizabeth Sung ... Mrs. Wang
Javin Reid ... Prabakar
Kevin Chung Kevin Chung ... William Lin
Peter Paige ... Gerald Harcourt
Smith Cho ... Jennifer
Scott Lowell ... Tom
Stephnie Weir ... Cheryl Davis
Sir Jonathan Oliver Sir Jonathan Oliver ... Jon Howard
Shelley Malil ... DB Reddy
Martin Chow ... Jerry Lin
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A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't just win. Destroy.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Игрок пинг-понга See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,797, 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,827, 5 October 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cherry Sky Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The TV show that Wang is interviewed on throughout the movies is called "Eye on East Hills with Jon Howard." The actor playing Jon Howard bears a strong resemblance to Ron Howard, star of 'Happy Days'. See more »

Quotes

Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang: And I told her, "Whoa now, no one takes a ride on this Orient Express without paying for a ticket!"
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Connections

References The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Champ
Written & performed by Far East Movement
Courtesy of Far East Movement Publishing (ASCAP)
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Real Chicken Soup for the Asian American Soul
8 January 2009 | by jesusnjSee all my reviews

As a Chinese male growing up North America, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. There are very few mainstream Asian American movies produced in the US, despite the large Asian community. Often, those that are made have a great deal of stereotypes and are made by non asians. The movie validated a lot of my feelings growing up in a traditional Chinese household, yet within an American cultural environment.

I liked this movie because it played against stereotype and made fun of the stereotypes. Real life can be really cheesy sometimes, and this movie had a lot of cheese.

From the beginning, I was startled to see a Chinese face on TV actually talking like a real person in real life, and not like a trained TV personality as a news anchor. And C-dub's character just grew on me. It was real and funny. The kids are cute. His parents were like real Chinese parents. The older smart medical brother is a stereotype but played for laughs. Even Ms Chinatown didn't look like she spoke Chinese. The Chinese would slip into the English/Chinese words in the same sentence. And thats how it really is in real life. It doesn't make sense, it lacks continuity, but its real.


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