Ping Pong Playa

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Ping Pong Playa
Ping pong playa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jessica Yu
Produced by Anne Clements
Joan Huang
Jeffrey Gou
Written by Jimmy Tsai
Jessica Yu
Starring Jimmy Tsai
Andrew Vo
Khary Payton
Jim Lau
Roger Fan
Elizabeth Sung
Javin Reid
Kevin Chung
Peter Paige
Smith Cho
Scott Lowell
Stephnie Weir
Music by Jeff Beal
Cinematography Frank G. Demarco
Edited by Zene Baker
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ping Pong Playa is a 2007 sports comedy film directed by Jessica Yu and written by Jessica Yu and Jimmy Tsai.[1] 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.



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