Starring: Ha Ji-Won as Hyun Jung-Hwa, Bae Doo-Na as Lee Boon-Hee, Choi Yoon-Young as Yeon-Jung , Han Ye-Ri as Soon-Bok, Park Cheol-Min as Coach Lee, Lee Jong-Suk as Choi Kyung-Sub, and Kim Eung-Soo as Jo Nam-Poong
Running Time: 127 min
Twinkies: 4 brightly shining stars!
Synopsis: Table tennis player Hyun Jung-Hwa has already won silver medals, but always comes up short in the gold medal matches against a rival Chinese table tennis player. One month prior to the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, she hears that a single Korean table tennis will be formed from South and North Korea.
The South Korean players and its coach oppose the idea but despite the opposition, the united Korean table tennis team is formed. Top North Korean table tennis players Lee Boon-Hee and Hyun Jung-Hwa enter a war of nerves as the World Table Tennis Championships fast approaches, but the Korean team can’t even get along.
Musings: As much as I like sports-themed movies, there is no way you could have convinced me that I would watch a movie for over 2 hours that featured table tennis. Table tennis! Let’s just contribute it to a great cast which included two of my favorite ladies, Ji-Won and Doo-Nae. The supporting cast was just as great in bringing this true story to life.
Watching the growing friendships (and romance) helped the movie/story along and made it very interesting to watch. As Jung-Hwa and Boon-Hee became friends instead of opponents on different teams, you got to see their relationship grow. It also gave you a peak into what it was like, the North/South Korean relationship. The Northern players were strictly controlled and monitored while the Southern players witnessed what it was like for the North.
The ending, while bittersweet, will pull at your heartstrings because as you read the epilogue that follows, this was the last time that any of the players have seen each other since the 90’s. Sure, this is not a romance but this is one helluva movie that both actresses spent a lot of time training to portray (very effectively) world-class table tennis players.
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