May. 9th, 2005

Ping! Pong!

May. 9th, 2005 07:51 am
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Watched Ping Pong this weekend, because I vaguely remembered [livejournal.com profile] two_if_by_sea (and possibly others?) reccing it (Cathy, you wanted someone to write China/Smile wtf?). It's a Japanese film based on a manga about swimming.

(Or not.)

It's about two boys - Smile, who's quiet and introspective and almost never smiles, hence the nickname, and his best friend Peco, who's absent-minded and brash and whose stated goal in life is to be the best ping-pong player in the world (but whose supah-sekrit actual goal in life is to make Smile smile again), though this has never stopped him from missing more club practices than he attends. Smile doesn't really care about winning, sometimes intentionally losing to Peco because he doesn't want Peco to feel bad, while Peco tries to crush any opponent that crosses his path. However, when they go to a tournament and play against China (a boy, not a country), it soon becomes apparent that Smile is a much better player.

The reason you should watch this, if you haven't yet - Smile and Peco are so cute, and the film is quirky in the way that Amelie & Tokyo Grandfathers were quirky - surreal and amusing and with original, unforgettable characters, and there is a coach who used to be called Butterfly Joe who regularly asks Smile out on a date, and there are Kung-Fu-like ping-pong moves, and anologies about playing ping-pong being like flying, and dialogue like this (paraphrased, because my memory's horrid):

Peco: he [Smile] treats the game like a salaryman
Peco's, err, aunt?: it must get tiresome living like that
Peco [with the CUTEST EXPRESSION ON HIS FACE]: he's very cute when he smiles, though
Smile [off screen presumably not-smiling]
me: XD XD XD XD XD


I'd kill for Smile/Peco fic right about now.


There's a torrent (as well as a wonderful summary) for the movie here.

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