I never planned on seeing Ping Pong Playa, but it became one of those films that I heard people talking about in between sleeping, screening and eating last year at the Toronto Film Festival. I caught a screening near the end of the festival, purely because there was nothing else playing at the time that interested me. In my review I described Jessica Yu‘s low budget indie sports comedy as “Karate Kid meets Bad News Bears but with Ping Pong”. The film tells the story of Christopher “C-dub” Wang (Jimmy Tsai), a young man full of excuses and failed basketball dreams, who must step up and teach ping pong while he gets up the nerve to compete for the coveted Golden Cock in the California ping pong championships after his brother and mother are injured in a car accident. In my Toronto review I called the film “a chuckle-fest with a unique sense of humor not found in Hollywood films.” The trailer below is not the best example of this, but I’m hoping it might get get a few of you interested to seek this out (or at least add the film to your upcoming Netflix que)
Ping Pong Playa hits theaters on September 5th 2008.