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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Drama: Ping Pong


Ping Pong China Drama
Title: Ping Pong
Chinese Title: 乒乓 / Ping Pang
Broadcast Date: 2019
Genre: Sports
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 40
Director: Li Jia
Screenwriter: Li Jia
Production Company: iQIYI, Dream Makers Film, Give Me Five
Production Date: 2018
Executive Producer: Dai Ying, An Rong
Producer: Gong Yu, Han Xiao, Wu Bai
Origin: China

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

Endless competitions takes place on the ping pong tables with two young men at the center. Xu Tan is physically weak but strongly passionate and Yu Kenan is unruly but talented.

Despite their opposite personalities, Xu Tan (Bai Jingting) and Yu Kenan's (Timmy Xu) mirror the same journey in their sports careers and witness a pivotal time in the history of Chinese ping pong. Xu Tan is a player who undergoes a major transformation. Under the influence of his grandfather, he starts the sport to improve his health and gets noticed for his abilities. Yu Kenan (Timmy Xu) is the star player from a famous family who comes to realize that there are many things he has yet to learn. For their dreams and for the sake of their country, they stand at two ends during the biggest competition of their lives.



Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Shenzhen.
  • Filming began on November 19, 2018.
  • It follows the 20-year development of ping pong in China.
  • The writing team took two years in the creative process for the script. They interviewed a thousand players to understand the life of an athlete.
  • Timmy Xu started to train for the role as early as August under the guidance of a national athlete.
  • Production selected around forty actors with a background in table tennis. Before filming began, the actors were put through a training bootcamp.


Cast
Ping Pong Bai Jingting Bai Jingting as Xu Tan
Ping Pong Timmy Xu Weizhou Timmy Xu Weizhou as Yu Kenan
Ping Pong Hong Zilin Hong Zilin as Zhang Caiwei
Ping Pong Wan Guopeng Wan Guopeng as Liu Shi
Ping Pong Yu Lang Yu Lang as Lei Lei

Supporting Cast
  • Bian Yiming as Fu Jingchun
  • Chen Nan as Wang Siheng
  • Gao Dongping as Zheng Hao
  • Wang Jianxin as Teng Biao
  • Xu Seng as Qin Zhen
  • Dong Chengming as Lin Haozhi
  • Liu Yutie as Lu Xiaobei
  • Yi Cheng as Zhang Chen
  • Xie Yangyanmu as Di Jiachen
  • Song Jiaxin as Xu Nuo
  • Zhu Lin as Dong Yu
  • Zhou Rong as Guan Wei

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