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.

Date: 2005-05-09 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morphaileffect.livejournal.com
ping pong = so damn cute, every slash fan should watch. and i have never watched it subtitled.

i seem to remember hugely talented people on my flist talking about this title a while ago. there has got to be some smile/peco fic out there, and i am betting it is excellent.

Date: 2005-05-09 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
ping pong = so damn cute, every slash fan should watch.

yes! I completely agree. I'm very curious about the manga now, because by all accounts the director stayed pretty true to it.

and, you've never watched it subtitled? were you still able to follow what was happening - do you know some Japanese?


there has got to be some smile/peco fic out there, and i am betting it is excellent.

if you run into any, give me a heads up? ^^

Date: 2005-05-09 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyoshi-chan.livejournal.com
there has got to be some smile/peco fic out there, and i am betting it is excellent.

if you run into any, give me a heads up? ^^


*cough* If you ever reccable ones, toss some of them my way? ^^;;;;; ([livejournal.com profile] euphyi watched Ping Pong with me, and there was much fangirling. XD)

just, err, a month or two late

Date: 2005-06-19 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
just in case you didn't catch m.e.'s comment - this fic by [livejournal.com profile] two_if_by_sea I thought was good (though regrettably centered on kong instead of smile and peco's true love *weeps*).

Re: just, err, a month or two late

Date: 2005-06-19 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyoshi-chan.livejournal.com
Eee, thank you! <3

Date: 2005-05-09 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morphaileffect.livejournal.com
i know a little japanese. brief unexpected conversations in nihongo with [livejournal.com profile] baby_pen leave me irreparably traumatized though XD;; the ping pong anime was relatively easy to follow, i think; the language use was within my range.

(clears throat) well, cathy made this... and i would be combing through all my other candidates' lj, except i'm running out of internet account and i have to go XD; good luck with the fic hunt, though!

Date: 2005-05-09 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
...

trust Cathy to write about Kong. xdddd thanks for the link, me. <3

(and, err. I'm not talking about an anime? this is a movie with live actors.)

Date: 2005-05-10 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morphaileffect.livejournal.com
(blink)

yes sorry i didn't mean anime XD;;; apparently running on less than an hour's sleep makes you just a little freudian. sorry about that.
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Date: 2005-05-09 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
You can find a torrent here (at least, I think you can - don't use torrents myself, so I'm not sure if the link works - let me know if you try?), and if you have a streamload account, I could stream it to you.

Should probably have included this info in the post. *goes back to edit*

Date: 2005-05-09 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisan.livejournal.com
You are a very bad person.

::goes off to search for a torrent::

Date: 2005-05-09 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
Oh, awesome. As to torrents - this might work. ^^

Date: 2005-05-09 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisan.livejournal.com
No, don't try toi make it up to me, you're a pusher bad bad person!

;P

Thanks. That's same the torrent I found on torrentspy. (there were two, but one was dead.) hope it gets more seeds.

p.s. I got about 250mb of Damned If... before it cut out on me. Have suspicions about the cause of the problem for the first time in the series and am dying that I can't see if I'm right or not.

Date: 2005-05-09 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
*looks up torrentspy* how helpful! thanks for the link - definitely beats google at this.


p.s. I got about 250mb of Damned If... before it cut out on me. Have suspicions about the cause of the problem for the first time in the series and am dying that I can't see if I'm right or not.

eep. which number is that? tell me what your suspicions are, and I - won't spoil you, but will, err, say enigmatic things that make you more frustrated? yes, that sounds about right. *g*

Date: 2005-05-10 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisan.livejournal.com
Torrentspy's my favorite, since it has practically everything including asian films. ^____^

Damned If You Do is epsiode 5? WIth the nuns? It's especially frustrating since I already have episodes 6 and 7. Also, usually scientific/medical shows with religious-themed eps are tricky, I'm want to see if House manages to go scientific all the way or fall into the pitfall of the usual safe-but-trying-to-be-clever ending where your attention is called to some unexplainable thing and the audience is manipulated into wondering if it was a miracle/the hand of God all along. (Not that I have anything against miracles or miracle-themes -- though in science shows the miracle should be the science, I think, -- it's that usually people do this with the subtlety of an eighteen wheeler. ^____^)

Date: 2005-05-10 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisan.livejournal.com
p.s. I second Yansminm's rec of Hard-Boiled. Also rec the My Wife is a Gangster movies for brainless fun, and because the girl is cool. Dumplings Three/Extreme isn't so much scary as squicky, though, imo. And you might want to see Days of Being Wild (I think) and In The Mood For Love before 2046. (We have it, I just haven't seen it yet.) It's most likely stand-alone, but they're the same characters from the two previous movies. White Dragon is nothing but mindless fun, and some (imo) mediocre kungfu.

Date: 2005-05-10 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
Don't think you'll have to worry about that in House. (Or you might! *cannot spoil*) That actually bothered me more in one of the later eps - Fidelity - but again, cannot spoil, which makes conversation difficult. >_>

And, thank you for the recs! *taking notes frantically* You guys know so many Asian movies. *_* I've watched In The Mood For Love already, and loved it, and have 2046, though like you I haven't had a chance to watch yet. Days of Being Wild is another Wong Kar Wei movie? *looks it up*

Date: 2005-05-10 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lisan.livejournal.com
Yeah, Wong Kar-Wai. Tony Leung is there in the barest sense. But there's Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau and Carina Lau. There is no bad. Except for the headaches I sometimes get when watching any of WKW's movies. XD

Hehe. We watch a lot of Asian films. It's less painful than watching our local ones. ;P

Date: 2005-05-09 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quixotic-sense.livejournal.com
Thank you for the torrent link!

*looks at the other movie torrents the guy uploaded*

... oh god. I think I may die of bliss.

Date: 2005-05-09 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
My pleasure. ^^

I've only heard of a few of those movies - 2046, All About Lily Chou-Chou, Appleseed, Casshern, Dumplings/Three Extremes, Lone Wolf & Cub. Are any of the others ones you'd recommend?

Date: 2005-05-09 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quixotic-sense.livejournal.com
That depends on what you like, really. XD

Blue Spring is a sort-of-coming-of-age story set in a high school filled with delinquents who have their own system of hierarchy. Very slashy, but then Matsuda Ryuhei playing the lead is an automatic +10 on the slashability scale.

I only know Doppelganger and Electric Dragon 80 000 Volt by reputation, but I've been wanting to watch the second film. I missed it at the Melbourne International Film Festival two years ago.

Eureka is atmospheric and really quite oddly compelling. I liked it, but it's a film that demands patience and empathy.

Happiness of the Katakuris is an eminently fucked up film. On crack. XD If you like black humour with a dose of social commentary, don't miss it.

Hard Boiled = John Woo and Chow Yun Fat, pre-Hollywood. Guns and action.

Ju-On is the Japanese original of the The Grudge. Well, I think it's scary, but then again I watched it late at night in a cinema full of Asian students who grew up ingesting the same sort of horror-movie visual cues.

Suicide Circle is a messy movie that would've benefited from a bit of self-control on the part of the director. Give it a miss. Though the Gackt parody is amusing.

I've caught bits of Sympathy for Mr Vengeance once or twice, but never got around to watching it. T_T Same goes for Volcano High and Silmido. I have a list of Korean films I want to watch as long as my ARM.

I will be downloading Miike Takashi's Black Society Trilogy, but I hesitate to recommend him to everyone. Either you grok him or you don't.

Tears of the Black Tiger is an insanely entertaining, gloriously over the top Thai film. The director threw in EVERYTHING.

Weather Woman... um. I wouldn't recommend this, but some people like it.

Zatoichi (2003) = OMG LOVE. DOWNLOAD THIS NOW.

Date: 2005-05-09 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quixotic-sense.livejournal.com
... and I think I watch too many movies. HELLO BROADBAND.

Date: 2005-05-09 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
You are completely awesome. Thank you so much for the recs - definitely going to check out some of these.

Also, I looked up Zatoichi, and there are, like, twenty-five different movies, in addition to just plain old Zatoichi? Zatoichi - Darkness is his Ally! Zatoichi - The Blind Swordsmans Flashing Sword! etc etc etc. Are all of them worth watching?

Date: 2005-05-09 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quixotic-sense.livejournal.com
Only if you're a hardcore fan. XD I'm not familiar with the entire Zatoichi catalogue -- I'd have to be mad to sample all of them. The 2003 movie is Beat Takeshi's update of the Zatoichi legend, and it is beautiful.

Date: 2005-05-09 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quixotic-sense.livejournal.com
I forgot to mention this, but IMO Tears of the Black Tiger is only really fun if you recognise the broad pop culture references (e.g.: spaghetti western, Bollywood, Thai melodrama). While I was in Melbourne, I've seen a few head-scratching reviews by Australian reviewers who didn't get the fact that, well, there's nothing to get, really. The movie is a pastiche. No more, no less. XD

Date: 2005-05-21 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ibythetide.livejournal.com
Just so you know, I'm dl this movie right now.

Date: 2005-05-22 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
oh, awesome. ^^ if you get a chance to watch, tell me what you think?

Yo!

Date: 2005-05-26 03:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ibythetide.livejournal.com
I watched Ping Pong last night with my brother.

him: It's a nerd!movie. It's the weirdest thing I've seen in a while, but I can't stop watching it..... I'm becoming a nerd.

me: you've always been a nerd.

him: an athletic nerd. That looks good.

me: *hearts him*

But I really did like the movie. It made me smile several times. I liked the quirks and the brief points of insight into the characters. Plus, ping pong.

If you haven't grabbed Zaitoitchi 2003, do it. I rented it with some friends two weeks ago and liked it enough to rec! download rjd2's making days longer

Re: Yo!

Date: 2005-05-27 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fable.livejournal.com
But I really did like the movie. It made me smile several times. I liked the quirks and the brief points of insight into the characters. Plus, ping pong.

ahahaha, yes. it's just - a really cute movie. *squishes it*

and ooh, while you're here. XD try blue spring? the lead actor is gorgeous, and it's very brutal, at parts, but not unnecessarily so, I think, and the ending is amazing.

and you have the best music taste, nikki. thank you!

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