The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. “Peco” Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy childhood friend “Smile” Tsukimoto, who frustrates his coach and rivals.
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it's a good translation from the comic books. the director translate comical language into movie language without missing much point, and he also add his own style in the movie. so both the movie and the comic books has their own strong unique points.