Ping Pong

Synopsis: 8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold. Inge (89) has used table tennis to train her way out of the dementia ward she committed herself to. Australian legend Dorothy deLow is 100, and finds herself a mega celebrity in this rarefied world and Texan Lisa Modlich, a new-comer at 85 years old, is determined to do whatever it takes to win her first gold. This film is as much about the tenacity of the human spirit as it is a meditation on mortality.
  1 win & 2 nominations.
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80 min

Young man!

Don't do it, son.

It's not worth it.

I had a bad day at the track.

All I've got is 6O...

...but I'm not giving up.

What'll your parents think

if you die?


Yeah. You'll never amount

to anything if you're dead.

I'm not going to die.


I'm going to fly.

Yeah? Great!

I can touch the moon

no problem!

That's the spirit!


Tamura Table Tennis Dojo

Here they call me 'Peco'.

You can call me that, too.

'Peco', huh?


...if I win, you call me

Mr Peco, OK?

You call me...

...'Mr Peco'.


You ripped my hair out!

He's the best player

at his university!

He could beat you left-handed!

Hey, Granny...

give me Table 3.

Not if you're going to bet!

Say something!

You're too stuck-up

to talk to us!

Cut it out!

It's Peco! Run!

You know What?

You can taste iron in blood.

I don't mean it like those guys,

but why are you so stuck-up?

If you get mad, show it!

If you're happy, laugh!

OK... I'll try.

Why do you always

skip school?

I'm busy.

Come on, Peco!

All the tables'll be gone!

You go ahead, Demon!


Don't you know what

table tennis is?

Come on. I'll teach you.


...the hero!


Your damn floor's

too slippery!

Who's he playing?

Some college jerk.

How's the school team?

Ping-pong's ping-pong.

You're dead wrong.

Katase High School!


Katase High School!

Bear down!

Hey! Mr Ota!

Yes, Coach?

Where's Tsukimoto?

I sent him to get Hoshino.


The freshman with the bowl-cut.

Who's better, the bowl-cut

or Tsukimoto?

That'd be Hoshino.

He's the best we've got.


The next dragonfly's yours!



If Tsukimoto's not here...

Stop following Peco

and start playing to win.

Yes! Start now and you might

give me a game in 300 years!

That'll be 3,000.


One more set! 2,000 a game.

Don't bother to call.

Hey, wait!

What the hell?!

Hey, Smile!

Come on. I'm buying

a new rubber.

Come to practice.



...the team's awful without you.

Did Ota send you?


I hear you.

Aren't you playing?

He treats the game like a job!

You get tired, living like that.

He looks real cute

when he smiles, though.

I've never seen it.

I have, but only once.

When was it?

Could I ever be like Peco?




Read that.

'Table Tennis Shown

To Ward Off Senility.'

No, not that!

Tsujido Academy got a Chinese

guy to try and beat Dragon.


Kazama, from Kaio Academy.

He kicked your ass in Junior High.

What do I care?

You don't care, huh?

Katase High School!

Bear down!

Katase High School!


Put your dicks into it!

Let's hear you!

Where did Hoshino

and Tsukimoto go?

I'm going to Europe

after high school.


To be world champion,

of course!

First I'll get on

a pro team in Germany...

Then why are you

skipping practice?

Look... 'Potato chips with

special Osaka-noodle flavor'.

Why not just eat noodles first?

Our snack-food industry

is all screwed up.


Conversation with you

is so much fun.

Next station?

The one after that.


Sing 'in the USA', too.



Tsujido Academy

Hello! Hello!

This is espionage!


Kong! Why aren't you running?

I wish I'd gone to Sweden

or Germany.

Come on!

Don't forget they hired you

to beat Kazama.

Somebody's a chopper.

Against a quick-attacker.

The chopper's playing to lose.


I don't know. Japanese modesty?

Let's go inside.

I can't hear in all this wind.

I'll take that.


Keep playing to lose, Four-Eyes...

...and it'll get to be a habit.


You're giving him all his shots.

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