Ping Pong

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  • Summary: 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. 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 himPeco 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. 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. Through multiple tournaments and competitions, both Peco and Smile realize what Ping Pong means to each of them. [Imaginasian] Expand

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. There's nothing particularly original or striking about Ping Pong except its style. It's a breezy, likable story, and the director here, Fumihiko Sori, obviously enjoys his work.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Very striking stylistic control is exerted in this absorbing if overlong tale of angst-ridden high school competitors.
  3. 70
    Despite being a little cliché, Ping Pong is a hell of a lot of fun.
  4. There are no surprises in this match, but director Fumihiko Sori makes the games visually thrilling.
  5. Overlong and overstuffed with characters and situations, Ping Pong doesn't really succeed on a dramatic level. But there is no denying its skill in rendering its chosen milieu with an intense visual immediacy.
  6. 50
    The main characters are a couple of revered high school table-tennis champs (one short and aggressive, the other tall and moody), and their efforts to win a big national tournament accommodate plenty of Zen aphorisms, glaring showdowns, and slow-motion paddle swinging.
  7. 40
    The film vividly portrays the obsessive landscape of Japanese table tennis, but the endless ping . . . pong of that teeny ball bouncing over that teeny net gets tiresome, especially in slo-mo.

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