Ping Pong
Ping Pong (2002)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Overlong and overstuffed with characters and situations, Ping Pong doesn't really succeed on a dramatic level.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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...

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Ping Pong is probably the most extravagant celebration of a childhood game ever committed to film.

Matt Pais

Table tennis. That's pretty much it. For two hours.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

An overlong exercise in sport as character-builder.

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Julia Wallace
Village Voice

The film projects a sense of loopy joy that comes from being young and playing the only game that matters.

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Harvey S. Karten

Seems more suited to video than the big screen--a study in teen angst with some digitally enhanced shots of table tennis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
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Ostensibly a sports film, but it isn't really. Based on the manga series of the same name, it's about high school championship ping pong, but instead… More