Ping Pong
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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Braced by spiky humor but tempered by sentimentality, Ping Pong might have been a disposable teen comedy if not for the Japanese film's unexpectedly thrilling action sequences and subtly profound observations about competition and the human spirit."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Overlong and overstuffed with characters and situations, Ping Pong doesn't really succeed on a dramatic level."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"There are no surprises in this match, but director Fumihiko Sori makes the games visually thrilling and communicates the athletic nirvana of high-level competition..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Kudo neatly codes allusions to yin-yangs into his frames, stressing time and again that the game of ping pong is not about winning so much as it is a matter of social. camaraderie and blissful self-reflection."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A quirky drama with finely drawn characters and some kinetic ping-pong action."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"The movie has some of the feel of a good graphic novel and offers a lot of Japanese pop pleasures as well. The images are eye-catching and highly colorful, the pacing is fast, and the story and the characters are simple, grabby and archetypal."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Ping Pong is probably the most extravagant celebration of a childhood game ever committed to film."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Table tennis. That's pretty much it. For two hours."
‑ Matt Pais,
"PrevisÝvel como a maior parte dos filmes de esporte, mas acaba conquistando por desenvolver muito bem seus personagens, levando o espectador a se importar com todos eles."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This film is so endearing and entertaining that it's hard to understand why it hasn't gone on to take the world by storm ... igniting a ping pong craze in the process!"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"An overlong exercise in sport as character-builder."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film projects a sense of loopy joy that comes from being young and playing the only game that matters."
‑ Julia Wallace, Village Voice
"Seems more suited to video than the big screen--a study in teen angst with some digitally enhanced shots of table tennis."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"For what it's worth, it's undoubtedly the best ping pong movie ever made!"
‑ Jamie Russell,
"Despite being a little clichÚ, Ping Pong is a hell of a lot of fun."
‑ Ross Williams, Film Threat
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