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Adapted from Matsumoto Taiyo's popular comic, Ping Pong stars none other than the young and talented Kubuzuka Yosuke. Up-and-coming star ARATA, comedic actor Takenaka Naota (Waterboys), and Hong Kong actor Sam Lee (Made in Hong Kong) also appear in the film. With exceptional direction by Sori Fumihiko, a great line-up of stars, and some mighty impressive ping pong finesse, Ping Pong is a sports comedy classic.
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Product Title: Ping Pong (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 乒乓 (Blu-ray) (特別版) (英文字幕) (日本版) 乒乓 (Blu-ray) (特别版) (英文字幕) (日本版) ピンポン スペシャル・エディション 【Blu-rayDisc】 Ping Pong (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Kubozuka Yosuke | Sam Lee | Takenaka Naoto | Matsuo Suzuki | Nakamura Shido | Natsuki Mari | Ohkura Koji 窪塚洋介 | 李瑋璁 李璨琛 | 竹中直人 | Matsuo Suzuki | 中村 獅童 | 夏木 Mari | 大倉孝二 洼冢洋介 | 李玮璁 李璨琛 | 竹中直人 | Matsuo Suzuki | 中村 狮童 | 夏木 Mari | 大仓孝二 窪塚洋介 | ARATA | 李燦森(サム・リー) | 竹中直人 | 松尾スズキ | 中村 獅童 | 夏木マリ | 大倉孝二 Kubozuka Yosuke | Sam Lee | Takenaka Naoto | Matsuo Suzuki | Nakamura Shido | Natsuki Mari | Ohkura Koji
Director: Sori Fumihiko 曾利文彥 曾利文彦 曽利文彦 Sori Fumihiko
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-09-05
Publisher Product Code: TCBD-105
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Asmik
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030977844

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タイトル:ピンポン スペシャル・エディション: 【Blu-rayDisc】

吉原遊郭「玉菊屋」に売られて来た8歳の少女、きよ葉。女だけの世界で自分も遊女になっていくのが怖いと逃亡を試みるが即座に捕まってしまう。店番の清次は咲かないと言われた吉原の桜が「もし咲いたら」ここを出してやるという。トップ花魁・粧ひの挑発に乗せられ吉原一の花魁になる決意を固めたきよ葉は花魁街道まっしぐらに人気遊女への道を駆け上がっていく。ところがある日、きよ葉は客の惣次郎と激しい恋に落ちる。偽りの愛を売る世界に身をおきながら、唯一、真実の愛を感じられる瞬間に酔いしれるきよ葉。しかし、きよ葉をねたむ花魁・高尾の策略によって惣次郎との仲を引き裂かれてしまう。18歳になったきよ葉は、凄まじい人気を呼んで、誰もが憧れる花魁の座を勝ち得る。やがて身請けを申し出た大名・倉之助の登場で、吉原を出ることに。その当日、咲かないと言われた“吉原の桜”に奇跡が!それを目にしたきよ葉と清次は・・・。
てめぇの人生、てめぇで咲かす江戸吉原に咲き乱れる“極彩色エンタテインメント”

映像/音声特典:CGシーン解説/メイキング・オブ・ピンポン/曽利監督他によるコメンタリー/卓球教室/短篇作品『ティンポン』/舞台挨拶映像/未使用シーン/予告編集 他

テクニカル・インフォメーション
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画面:16:9
言語/音声:日本語:dtsHD Master Audio5.1chサラウンド/日本語:ドルビーデジタルステレオ

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封入特典:キャンペーン応募券/映像特典収録/音声特典収録
日本小売価格:¥3800

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Professional Review of "Ping Pong (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

February 28, 2003

This professional review refers to Ping Pong (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

With the rapid evolution of the computer graphic technology, comic adaptation has become a popular trend for filmmakers all over the world. In Hollywood, there are comic-movies like Daredevil, Spider Man, and in Hong Kong, Storm Riders, A Man Called Hero and Mater Cute 2001 are also adapted from domestic comics. Japan, the kingdom of comic, wouldn't fall behind as well, the diverse comic market has provided unlimited choices for filmmakers. This time, the beloved Ping Pong has made its way to the big screen.

The story centers on two main characters, Peko (Yosuke Kubozuka) and Smile (Arata). Both of them are talented ping pong players, and they also happen to be good friends. Peko is arrogant while Smile is just the opposite. Similar to its counterparts, Ping Pong follows the formula of this genre strictly, that is, it begins with the introduction of the protagonists -> short success -> failure -> revitalization -> final success. While the story may not seem to be too much of a surprise, audience should remember not to overlook the subtle computer special effects. It is said that the director Fumihiko Sori used to work on some special effects projects in Hollywood before, that may explain why the effects in this movie are so well planned and executed that it is hard to find a flaw.

Comic and movie are two different medium. Comic, which can expand to many pages and issues easily, always allows more room for characters and plot developments. While for film, due to the limited duration, everything is kept short and concise. Therefore, comic is usually severely trimmed or modified when it is adapted to film. I have not seen the comic of Ping Pong before, but it seems that the story of the movie is quite monotonous. Except for the major ping pong tournament plot, there is almost no sub-plot at all. As the audience, we do not know anything about Peko and Smile's life, whether they have a family or girlfriend is kept unknown to us. We are also not sure if they have received any pressure from their family or the school. The lack of character development has weakened the dramatic tension quite a bit. Nevertheless, perhaps it is because of this simplification of subject matter, the director was able to double his effort in certain areas. In this movie, the most remarkable part is definitely the depiction of Peko and Smile's friendship. Without the use of any ostensible scenes or blatant dialogues, Fumihiko Sori was able to make us believe the intimacy of their relationships through a series of events that do not seem to be over-passionate.

Among all the popular young actors in Japan, Yosuke Kubozuka may not be the most handsome one, but he is absolutely the most talented one. From the furious Korean student in Go! to the highly comical Peko in Ping Pong, he is never tired of delivering surprise to us. Compared to the outgoing Peko, Arata's Smile (named because he never smiles) is just too reserved and stoical to win the love of the audience. Hong Kong actor Sam Lee also shares a role as a Chinese ping pong player, but with the focus on the two leads throughout the entire film, there is not much he can do to steal the spotlights.

In short, Ping Pong is an entertaining movie. While the plot may seem little monotonous, it does successfully raise up some interesting topics (e.g. the alternative definition of hero) that are worth some further explorations and contemplations.

Cool guy(s) - Yosuke Kubozuka


Reviewed by Kantorates - Cinespot.com

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Customer Review of "Ping Pong (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (28)

Kevin Kennedy
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November 15, 2007

This customer review refers to Ping Pong (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
At least it looks good... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Ping Pong" visually is quite stylish; its ping pong action looks fabulous. However, its story is underdeveloped and its characters are cartoonish.

The filmmakers' concern for style over substance became evident quite early in the movie when we are introduced to the character called China, whom we are told is from Shanghai. China never speaks putonghua or Shanghainese; he speaks only Cantonese. Clearly, the filmmakers didn't care that it was unrealistic to have a Cantonese-speaking character from Shanghai. And the same lack of realism infects the entire film.

Frankly, I never believed any of the characters. Throughout the film, I was never able to detach myself from the thought that these are actors playing parts in a movie. In other words, the characters never came to life for me. Why? Because they are all paper-thin.

I probably am overrating this film by giving it eight stars. Frankly, I can't imagine sitting through it for a second time. However, it is visually interesting, its sports action is entertaining, and its ends strongly. I wish that the filmmakers had taken as much care with developing the rest of the story as they did with those final scenes.
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Rhoda
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October 29, 2007

This customer review refers to Ping Pong (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Perfect Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Very very nice!!! Didn't really expect much from this movie but surpringly it was a really entertaining one.

No wonder this film was nominated for several awards. Too bad they only got one. Nice movie... you'll never get tired of watching over and over again.
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Maximillian
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September 16, 2007

This customer review refers to PING PONG (DTS Special Edition)(Limited Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Fun and Engaging Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Yousuke Kubozuka and Arata star as best friends and teammates Peco and Smile in this manga-based, contemplative look at table tennis. Participating in local competitions in the hopes of defeating heavy favorites China (Hong Kong actor Sam Lee), Akuma (Koji Ookura), and Dragon (Shido Nakamura), the two heroes suffer their ups and downs and finally come to understand themselves, each other, and the nature of sport.

The film succeeds in large part through fantastic editing and a very engaging visual style. Eschewing romance and a clear good versus evil motif, the film is also able to focus more on the deveopment and struggles of each character: Peco's determination, Smile's devotion, Akuma's desire to please, China's arrogance, and Dragon's inner struggle. As such, it rises above traditional sports films. This is helped by wonderful supporting performances from Naoto Takenaka and Mari Natsuki and director Fumihiko Sori's focus on friendship, hero worship, and the sheer enjoyment of competition.
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Kat
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September 29, 2005

This customer review refers to Ping Pong (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Exciting Ping Pong and Good Acting Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
It was so much fun to see the dazzling ping pong
playing and the wonderful acting of Yosuke Kobuzuka
and Arata.
I enjoyed this film.
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PAUL
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February 22, 2005

This customer review refers to PING PONG (DTS Special Edition)(Limited Edition) (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
FANTASTIC!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
So many good things have been said about this move--the special effects, the music, etc. that I'm not going to repeat it. I loved this movie so much because it dealt with friendship as well as the sport. It was touching to see the relationship of Smile and Peco and how the cared for and idolised each other in their own ways. Of course, since it's based on the manga, many characters are a bit over the top, but that's the fun of it. It's a movie i saw over and over again and, when I was in Japan last year, ensured that I made a trip to Katase, where it takes place. Definitely treat yourself to this DVD.
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