Ping Pong

Ping Pong

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Director: Fumihiko Sori, Florentino Soria

Cast: Fumihiko Sori, Florentino Soria, Yosuke Kubozuka, Arata

     
 

The debut feature film from Sori is a tale of adolescent angst and stylish table tennis sequences. Ping Pong's main character, Tsukimoto (Arata), is an overly sensitive young man who refuses to actually defeat his opponents at the game table because he does not want them to feel bad. His buddy Peco (Yosuke Kubozuka) is a brashly confident and flamboyant player,See more details below

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The debut feature film from Sori is a tale of adolescent angst and stylish table tennis sequences. Ping Pong's main character, Tsukimoto (Arata), is an overly sensitive young man who refuses to actually defeat his opponents at the game table because he does not want them to feel bad. His buddy Peco (Yosuke Kubozuka) is a brashly confident and flamboyant player, who meets his match in Kong (Sam Lee). After suffering injuries and temptations, both enter the same major tournament only to realize that they may end up facing off against each other in the finals.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
A sports movie is a sports movie is a sports movie, but every once in a while, one comes along that transcends the genre. Fumihiko Sori's phenomenally stylish debut film, Ping Pong, is helped along by the novelty of its subject; there's never been a narrative feature film about competitive ping pong. But with its complex, likeable characters and innovatively slick visual style, the film transcends mere novelty interest. Japanese heartthrob Yôsuke Kubozuka, who plays the grandstanding Peco is an imminently graceful and likeable comedic actor, and together with Arata, in a far less showy role as Peco's taciturn best friend, Smile, the leads convincingly portray the positive and negative nuances of a longtime friendship. The supporting cast, given meaty roles by screenwriter Kankurô Kudô (adapting a popular manga), also excels. None of these characters look near young enough to be in high school, but that's forgivable. Despite the film's flashy visuals, there's a lot more emotional weight to Ping Pong than there is to your typical uplifting sports movie. While the film sticks to the formula to a great extent, there's enough specific detail to these characters and this sport to produce plenty of drama. But the flashy visuals are still a major selling point. Sori films the action, both on and off the table, with tremendous panache. Matches can be captured in a single shot, but are sometimes drawn out, as the ball is slowed down and the players' private obsessions come to the fore. Utilizing CGI to capture the intense speed of the game and the mindset of the each player, the director brings welcome new interest to a tired genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2007
UPC:
0896911001034
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Viz Media
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Disc 1: ; Director & cast profile; VIZ pictures presents; ; Disc 2: ; Making of Ping Pong (54 min.); "Ting Ping": A parody of the film (16 min.); "How to Play Ping Pong" short film (16 min.); Japanese original trailers; TV spots

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ping Pong: Feature
1. Opening [7:53]
2. Peco & Smile [2:40]
3. Non-Competition Game [4:12]
4. Special Menu [1:59]
5. Moon & Star [3:15]
6. Inter-High-School-Athletic [3:29]
7. Smile & Dragon [3:37]
8. Do You Believe in Heros? [3:02]
9. Smile vs. China [10:15]
10. Peco vs. Demon [4:48]
11. Autumn [2:38]
12. Talent for Table Tennis [6:22]
13. Some Birds Can't Fly [6:34]
14. I Can Fly! [4:31]
15. Special Training [2:38]
16. The Past of Butterfly Joe [3:02]
17. Wishing for a Second Wind [3:39]
18. Inter-High-School-Athletic [3:06]
19. Demon & Dragon [4:34]
20. Semi-Final [9:42]
21. Enter the Hero [9:59]
22. Final [6:09]
23. Epilogue [1:59]
24. Ending Credits [3:42]

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