Release date:September 5, 2008
(NY, LA, SF)
Screenwriters:Jessica Yu, Jimmy Tsai
Starring:Jimmy Tsai, Roger Fan, Shelley Malil, Smith Cho
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu makes her feature comedy debut with "Ping Pong Playa," a hilarious and warm-hearted tale about embracing one's culture while still breaking down stereotypes. Christopher "C-dub" Wang (Jimmy Tsai) is a suburban guy who sports an urban swagger, waxes political on all things Asian American, and clings to pipe dreams of a career as a pro basketball player. C-dub lives at home, works a dead-end job, and squirms in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, a doctor and ping pong champion. With a family-run store devoted to all things ping pong, the Wangs' entire world revolves around the sport. But when the Wang family livelihood is threatened by a rival ping pong player's attempts to lure the kids away, C-dub begins to take things more seriously. With the National Golden Cock Tournament coming up and an injured Michael unable to defend his title, C-dub must become the player he pretends to be and defend his family's ping pong dynasty.