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Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 5 September 2008 (USA)
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A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.


Jessica Yu
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Tsai ... Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang
Andrew Vo ... Felix
Khary Payton ... JP Money
Jim Lau ... Mr. Wang
Roger Fan ... Michael Wang
Elizabeth Sung ... Mrs. Wang
Javin Reid ... Prabakar
Kevin Chung Kevin Chung ... William Lin
Peter Paige ... Gerald Harcourt
Smith Cho ... Jennifer
Scott Lowell ... Tom
Stephnie Weir ... Cheryl Davis
Sir Jonathan Oliver Sir Jonathan Oliver ... Jon Howard
Shelley Malil ... DB Reddy
Martin Chow ... Jerry Lin


A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't just win. Destroy.


Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references | See all certifications »

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English | Chinese

Release Date:

5 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Игрок пинг-понга See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,797, 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,827, 5 October 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cherry Sky Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The TV show that Wang is interviewed on throughout the movies is called "Eye on East Hills with Jon Howard." The actor playing Jon Howard bears a strong resemblance to Ron Howard, star of 'Happy Days'. See more »


JP Money: What's the hold up?
Christopher 'C-Dub' Wang: Ah, you can't just run up and start humping a leg like a dog. You got to be like a tiger. You got to stalk the prey.
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »


The Whistle Song
Written by Salvador Rey Nagel (PRS) and Alejandro Llovet Puigmarti (PRS)
Performed by The Pinker Tones (as The Pinkertones)
Pulbished by Condones Nacionales / Nettwerk One Music (Canada) Ltd
Courtesy of Nacional Records
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Uneven comedy that illustrates immigrant attitudes
15 April 2012 | by lhhung_himselfSee all my reviews

Ping-pong Playa is very funny at times and very uncomfortable at other times. The lead Chinese-American character Christopher Wang (pronounced Wong) or C-dub is hilarious when he does his gangsta routine. He is also very "Ghetto", quite racist and all too authentic.

The plot itself is very Karate kid lite, done on a low after-school movie budget but is pleasant enough.

But most Asian, or other minorities for that matter can relate to C-dub and both laugh and cringe. The way Caucasians are depicted is over the top but does reflect some of the frustration at the old-school-tie attitudes that are still running things - even when they are trying to be benevolent. Sadly, we have all experienced those unintentional incredibly ignorant remarks from people like the tournament director. If you are from Hong Kong or one of the former British colonies then you'd know what C-dub was sayin'...

This might have been less cringe-worthy if it had gotten out of the American immigrant self-imposed apartheid ghetto mentality. But then again maybe that works better as (un)intentional irony.

Overall, not great but it did precede things like Outsourced which deal with similar themes. C-dub's rapping is very funny (as is the Cantonese hip-hop - so bad that I'm glad they didn't translate it...) and it does give insight into Asian-American attitudes and prejudices.

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