Ping Pong Playa

March 14, 2008


The film is produced by Cherry Sky Films, the same folks who brought us Better Luck Tomorrow and Finishing the Game.

The film also makes good use of actor Roger Fan. He plays the goody-two-shoes brother of C-Dub, who happens to be an obedient son, great ping pong player and a doctor.

Ping pong seems to run through the family's blood: C-Dub's parents run and own Ping Pong Palace, a sports equipment store; his mom teaches ping pong at the local rec center; his brother is a ping pong champ.

When both C-Dub's mom and brother get injured and can no longer carry on the family tradition, C-Dub steps in. He begins teaching a group of kids at the community center. Since C-Dub is an overgrown kid himself, he gets along well with them.

The plot is pretty straight-forward and almost predictable, but I was still hooked.

Of course, the film's gotta end in the ultimate ping pong battle!

It plays at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Monday (March 17) at the Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco (already sold out, but you might be able to get rush tickets) and Saturday, March 22 at the Camera Cinemas in San Jose (tickets still available).

Check out the SFIAAFF schedule here.


Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.



Saw this film last night at the Clay. It was pretty hilarious and all props to Jimmy Tsai for making his character so likable. I believe he's playing ping pong against all challengers today at the Peace Plaza in Japan Town.