Ping Pong Playa
|Ping Pong Playa|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jessica Yu|
|Produced by||Anne Clements
|Written by||Jimmy Tsai
|Music by||Jeff Beal|
|Cinematography||Frank G. Demarco|
|Edited by||Zene Baker|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
Ping Pong Playa is a 2007 sports comedy film directed by Jessica Yu and written by Yu and Jimmy Tsai.The story centers on a Chinese ping pong family living in California with a buffoonish and irreverent son.
Christopher Wang (Wong) is a young man (25 years old) who lives under his Asian-American parents in a suburb in southern California. His father, who was a prominent ping pong player in his youth, owns a sports goods shop, and his mother teaches young children at the sport at the local community center. Outperformed by his older brother, Michael, who is considered by their parents as more mature and responsible and have brought pride to the family by winning regional ping pong tournaments, Chris seems to lack motivation and a realistic vision for his career, indulging in defeating young kids in sports and playing video games.
After his mother and Michael are injured in a minor car accident, Chris comes to learn about taking responsibility by taking over his mother's ping pong class and representing his family in the forthcoming ping pong tournament. With the training by his father and the support of his friends including a posse of young pupils, Chris strives to prove to those who put trust in him that he is capable of making serious effort while following through a commitment.
- Jimmy Tsai as Christopher "C-Dub" Wang
- Andrew Vo as Felix
- Khary Payton as JP Money
- Jim Lau as Mr. Wang
- Roger Fan as Michael Wang
- Elizabeth Sung as Mrs. Wang
- Javin Reid as Prabaka
- Kevin Chung as William Lin
- Peter Paige as Gerald Harcourt
- Smith Cho as Jennifer
- Scott Lowell as Tom
- Stephnie Weir as Cheryl Davis
- Sir Jonathan Oliver as Jon Howard
- Shelley Malil as DB Reddy
- Martin Chow as Jerry Lin
Film and television review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 64% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 5.9/10. Review aggregator Metacritic gives the film a score of 55 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally mixed reviews". Film critic Justin Lowe of the Associated Press write in his review: "Yu directs with a clever eye and nimble camera, filling scenes with wicked banter, slapstick comedy and amusing visual puns. The rest of her team plays at a similarly skillful level, buoyed by a gleeful score featuring nonstop hip-hop beats."
Ping Pong Playa on September 9, 2007, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on September 5, 2008. Ping Pong Playa was released on DVD onJanuary 6, 2009, by Image Entertainment.
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- Ping Pong Playa. Image Entertainment (DVD). Chatsworth, Los Angeles: RLJ Entertainment. January 6, 2009. ASIN B001HB1K00. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
- "Ping Pong Playa: Original Soundtrack". Lakeshore Records (CD). Los Angeles: Lakeshore Entertainment. December 16, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
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