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Encyclopedia > Ping Pong (film)
Ping Pong
Directed by Fumihiko Sori
Written by Kankuro Kudo
Starring Yosuke Kubozuka,
Arata,
Sam Lee,
Shido Nakamura,
Koji Ookura,
Naoto Takenaka,
Mari Natsuki
Release date 2002
Running time 114 min
Language Japanese
IMDb profile

Ping Pong (ピンポン; Pin pon) is a 2002 sports film directed by the Japanese filmmaker Fumihiko Sori. It is based on Taiyo Matsumoto's manga of the same name, and is about the friendship between two high school table tennis players. Fumihiko Sori (曽利文彦) is a Japanese film director and film producer. ... Kankuro Kudo (宮藤官九郎; born 19 July 1970) is a Japanese screenwriter and actor. ... Yosuke Kubozuka (窪塚洋介; 7 May 1979 - ) is a Japanese actor. ... Arata (born September 15, 1974, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actor. ... Sam Lee (born 27 September 1975) is an actor from Hong Kong. ... Nakamura Shido (中村獅童; born 14 September 1972) is a Japanese actor and Kabuki actor. ... Takenaka Naoto (竹中直人 March 20, 1956 – ) is a prominent Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and director from Yokohama. ... Mari Natsuki (夏木 マリ Natsuki Mari, real name 中島 淳子 Nakajima Junko, born 1952-05-02) is a Japanese singer, dancer and actress. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Sports film is a film genre that uses sport as the theme of a film. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Fumihiko Sori (曽利文彦) is a Japanese film director and film producer. ... Taiyo Matsumoto (松本大洋 Matsumoto Taiyo, born 1967) made his debut in Morning, Kodanshas weekly manga magazine, but is probably best known for his works with Kodanshas rival publisher Shogakukan, including Black & White , Ping Pong and . ... 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ... Categories: Japanese society | Stub ... Wang Liqin winning a forehand drive against Jörg Rosskopf. ...


The film concentrates on these two friends, their two mentors, and three players who they encounter at high school table tennis tournaments. It explores the different motivations and philosophies that they have towards table tennis, and tries to portray the excitment and subtlety of the sport.


Ping Pong was nominated for eight Japanese Academy Awards in 2003; Shido Nakamura won the 'Newcomer of the Year' prize for his performance as Dragon. The Japanese Academy Awards have been held since 1977 to reward excellence in Japanese film. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2003. ... Nakamura Shido (中村獅童; born 14 September 1972) is a Japanese actor and Kabuki actor. ...


The cast includes Yosuke Kubozuka (Peco), Arata (Smile), Sam Lee (China), Shido Nakamura (Dragon), Koji Ookura (Akuma), Naoto Takenaka (Butterfly Joe, the high school coach) and Mari Natsuki (Obaba, Peco's mentor). Yosuke Kubozuka (窪塚洋介; 7 May 1979 - ) is a Japanese actor. ... Arata (born September 15, 1974, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actor. ... Sam Lee (born 27 September 1975) is an actor from Hong Kong. ... Takenaka Naoto (竹中直人 March 20, 1956 – ) is a prominent Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and director from Yokohama. ... Mari Natsuki (夏木 マリ Natsuki Mari, real name 中島 淳子 Nakajima Junko, born 1952-05-02) is a Japanese singer, dancer and actress. ...


Plot

Peco and Smile are members of the high school table tennis club. Peco is charismatic and has a passion for the sport, while Smile is introverted. They have known each other, and Akuma, since primary school. Despite Smile's greater natural talent, he sees the sport as simply a way to pass the time, and often lets less able players such as Peco beat him out of consideration for their feelings.


Peco hears about a new table tennis player brought over from China to win for his new high school: "China". In an informal set, China completely shuts out Peco, winning 21 to 0. Peco is devastated by the loss. This is compounded at the next inter-school competition, where Akuma also beats Peco. Smile, meanwhile, lets China beat him when he sees that China's coach is threatening him. Akuma's team—led by Dragon, a top competitor and strict disciplinarian—wins the overall competition.


Out of despair, Peco quits the game, while Smile is pushed relentlessly by his coach, who was a brilliant player in his youth but betrayed his talent. Meanwhile, Akuma, who is passionate about the sport, quits when he loses to Smile and recognises that despite his hard work he lacks talent.


Akuma confronts Peco, telling Peco that Peco does have a lot of talent, and he lost because he was coasting. Peco jumps off a bridge into a river as a symbolic rebirth, and begins training harder than ever.


In the next high school tournament, Peco beats China in the first round, and Dragon in the semi-final. During this match, Dragon experiences the joy of playing table tennis for the first time.


Peco and Smile meet in the final, the scene fading out as they begin their set. The film then jumps forward several years: Peco has fulfilled his dream of playing professionally in Europe, while Smile is shown helping his young son learn the sport. A photo behind Smile shows Peco, Smile and Dragon having taken first, second and third place.


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