(by Steve Hopkins)
Over the years there have been a lot of movies with table tennis included as a part of the plot. As much of the American public finds itself trapped at home scrolling through their streaming services looking for entertainment options – we’re here to help you combine two of the things that you love most (PONG and FLICKS).
Below you’ll find a selection of movies currently available online that feature our sport prominently. Stay safe and stay home.
1. Balls of Fury | Rotten Tomatoes 21% | A one-time ping-pong prodigy who hasn’t played since he blew his chance at a championship more than 20 years ago is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate an underground ping-pong death match. | Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play
2. Ping Pong Summer | Rotten Tomatoes 59% | A 1985 summer vacation changes the life of a shy white teen who is obsessed with table tennis and hip-hop music. | Tubi, Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play
3. Ping Pong Playa | Rotten Tomatoes 64% | A slacker must preserve is family honor by winning a table tennis tournament. | Tubi, Amazon Prime
4. Top Spin | Rotten Tomatoes 100% | Ariel Hsing, Michael Landers, and Lily Zhang prepare to compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials. | Amazon Prime
5. Ping Pong | Rotten Tomatoes 79% | Table Tennis playing seniors heading to China to compete in the over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. | Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu
6. Forest Gump | Rotten Tomatoes 70% | One of Tom Hanks’ signature roles of a unique figure who maneuvers through history with one hallmark event being his participation in Ping Pong Diplomacy. | Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube