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Ping Pong Playa [Blu-ray]

3.9 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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You'll have a ball with this heartwarming, hilarious comedy! Christopher "C-dub" Wang is a Chinese-American gangsta-rapper wannabe with outrageous, and unlikely, dreams of becoming a pro basketball star. When his ping pong champion brother gets hurt, it's up to C-dub to pick up the paddle and save the family business. But when he's facing off against a devious rival player in the ping pong tournament of the year, will C-dub be up to the challenge? With some surprising help from an unusual group of kids, anything could happen!

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  • Actors: Jimmy Tsai, Andrew Vo, Khary Payton, Jim Lau, Roger Fan
  • Directors: Jessica Yu
  • Writers: Jimmy Tsai, Jessica Yu
  • Producers: Jimmy Tsai, Anne Clements, Jeffrey Gou, Joan Huang, Mike Gallant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HB1JYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: DVD
First saw this at the Eugene DisOrient Asian Film Festival over a year ago. Funniest movie I've seen in ages. Minimal spoilers below...

This is the story of a younger son in a Chinese-American family who is struggling with his identity and his cultural responsibility. His elder brother is a ping pong champion, and the entire family's finances are contingent on the reputation of the family and their performance at a local ping pong tournament. You can figure out the rest from there.

But this charming, hilarious, incredibly well-thought out movie by relative movie unknowns has more class, humor, and intelligence than most mainstream Hollywood comedies I've seen. The vast majority of the humor is applicable to all races, all cultures, all walks of life... there are a few jokes and intimations specific to the Asian-American community... but I loved this movie so much I pre-ordered the DVD, feeling grateful that it actually made it out of it's film festival beginnings (into limited more mainstream release, but not where I live), onto DVD.

It's based on the classic athletic competition motif. The oppressive, aggressive professional athlete coming to take over small local town ping pong hero. Family obligation. Cultural expectations. Identity/social self-exploration/finding. Touching characters with some depth.

The humor is classy, clever, witty. It is not very subtle, just outright fun. Language is pretty clean for a comedy, but still has quite a bit of profanity (teenage locker room talk) that is partially obscured by the sound of a bouncing ball or ping pong paddle hit or similar as a sort of tongue-in-cheek (ha, that's a pun!) censor. Depending on your sensitivity to this sort of thing, appropriate for teens (13-14+), but prepare to cover the ears of your child if younger. Subject material is otherwise pretty clean, and appropriate for even younger than teenaged kids.

It's a great film, IMO.

-vk
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This movie, starring Jimmy Tsai, is funny and uplifting. It is a unique film that not only I enjoyed, but my children also found it to be an awesome movie! Buy it on DVD, it's great to watch over and over.
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"Ping Pong Playa" is a hilarious comedy about a Chinese-American 20-something slacker named Chris "C-Dub" Wong who dreams of being a pro basketball player. After losing his minimum wage job at the mall and causing a car accident in which both his mother and older (and very successful) brother are injured, his parents guilt him into teaching a ping pong class at the Chinese community center. In between winning money from his much younger students at ping pong and losing money to adults at basketball, Wong begins training to take his brother's place at the local ping pong tournament.

This movie is entertaining for all audiences, but many of the jokes may be lost on those not familiar with Chinese culture and the Mandarin Chinese language. The movie is in English, but Mandarin is spoken occasionally both by Wong's family and his best friend, an African-American who studies Chinese at the community center.
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Format: Blu-ray
This movie was just about what I was thinking it would be. It was funny throughout but not just hilarious.

There is a good bit of profanity along with f-bombs that are presented as "f(sound of a ping-pong ball hiting a hard surface)k". So I don't know if it is for younger kids. Many of the profanities are hidden but not completely.

The story is good and kept me interested. There is a lot of humor though I don't think it is most people's type of humor and I felt like there were some aspects I didn't think were funny but felt like it was intended to be funny.

I will probably watch it again sometime. There's a lot of ping-pong in the movie.
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This movie started me laughing and I never stopped. It was great fun. It felt like "Strictly Ballroom" meets a hyper "Napolean Dynomite". Very fun.

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Predictable underdog sport film, but a fun watch. Some very good one-liners through the film. Really enjoyed this one, a pleasant surprise.
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As a ping pong lover with few movies to look for, I was thrilled to find this. But it's just ok.

What I liked:
- Ping pong scenes were ok
- Fun, moved along
- Pretty clean fun

What I didn't like:
- Another victim of Asian identity crisis. The star ping pong player wants to be black. Sigh .... it so sad to see one culture ripping off another culture which I think demeans both cultures.
- How Christopher (main character) turns into this crazy good ping pong player doesn't ring true

SUMMARY: I think they tried hard in this film and although I just think it was ok, I don't think it was a total fail. However, I don't think I would recommend this to anyone to buy, maybe just rent?
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I'm Caucasian. My husband is Asian (born in Asia, now lives in the U.S.). We thought this movie was HILARIOUS!!!! We laughed the WHOLE way through!! This movie is not racist, it just points out racial differences and stereotyping. I don't like rap, but I think the rap songs were perfect. Especially "I Like Cereal". The rap song about "Rims" is so hilarious and fitting for the scene it is played during. The rap music sets the whole persona of this main character who is a gansta wannabe, but who can't ignore his roots even if he tries. If you are unfamiliar with Asian cultures or racial stereotyping, the humor in this movie might go right over your head. The racial comments/situations in this movie are there for humor, not to be menacing. But if you get all the jokes and the excellent, fine humor subtleties, your side will be splitting from laughter! Just keep an open mind!
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