Ping Pong is a movie based on a manga by Taiyo Matsumoto that has grown on me and has now become one of my all-time favorite movies. Last night I watched it for the third time and it just gets better and better each time. When I bought it back it back in August I honestly didn’t think it was THAT good. I thought it was worth buying of course, but didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary. Now I’m really excited just writing about it. It’s fun, entertaining, serious and heart-warming all in one convenient package. What’s not to like?
“The film traces the growth and friendship of 2 very different high school ping pong players. “Peco” Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn “pro”. He taught his quiet, nerdy childhood friend, “Smile” Tsukimoto. “Smile” frustrates his coach and rivals who recognize his talent for the game since it is just a game to him. To teach him, his high school coach learns that coaching is more than just training the students to be good ping pong players. Ironically, as “Smile” begins to develop his game, “Peco” undergoes a severe crisis after his defeat by rival players. “Peco” is unable to play well until he rediscovers the original reasons why he plays ping pong.”
I hunted down the trailer and uploaded it to YouTube:
UPDATE: Heh, this is kind of “funny”. I went over to FantasticSuperClub.org, where I used to post a bit a while ago. Well, I just stumbled upon what I had to say after watching Ping Pong the first time.
Posted: Jul 16 2005, 08:27 AM
I watched Ping Pong for the very first time yesterday. Then I was ready to rate it an 8/10 but it seems it has grown on me in some weird way the more I think about it. So 9/10. Wonderful movie.
And that was about a year ago, and as I mentioned above in the post it has apparently grown on me even more, hence the perfect 10/10 rating. If it continues like this, it’ll be off the charts in no time. :-P
Any idea where i can get a high rez image of the movie poster?
(photo of paddle w/ burst through it)