S.I.M Rating: 6.44 out of 10 (5 Votes)
Cast: Jimmy Tsai, Andrew Vo and Khary Payton
The 2007 film, Ping Pong Playa delves into the world of top-level ping-pong competition. Directed by Jessica Yu, who won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien. Yu is also notable as director of such television productions as Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing and ER.
The film's star, C-Dub (Jimmy Tsai, who co-wrote the script with Yu) is the underachieving youngest son in a family whose existence revolves around the sport. C-Dub, however, rebels against his heritage, dreaming of being a professional basketball player. When he is forced to compete in a ping-pong tournament to essentially save the family business, C-Dub's competitive spirit and determination come to the forefront and he becomes a hero.
A low-budget production, Ping Pong Playa nevertheless thoroughly entertains and imparts some valuable lessons.