A film by Sara Newens & Mina T. Son
81 minutes, documentary, color, English & Mandarin w/ English subtitles, 2014
Inside a cramped gym, the clacking sounds of hollow plastic balls whirling at 80 mph are punctuated by exclamations of victory and bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the hidden world of competitive ping pong.
Three fiercely committed teenagers battle their way through the world of elite table tennis. With devoted parents by their side, they have traded normal teenage life for a chance to represent their country on the world's biggest athletic stage: the Olympics.
An inside look at an offbeat sport, Top Spin turns one of America's favorite pastimes on its head and reveals a coming-of-age story where success and failure come down to mere millimeters.
"Grips, exhilarates and breaks hearts...'Top Spin' is table tennis' 'Hoop Dreams.'"
"Rife with action, struggle and conflict...adds a welcome depth to the little-known Olympic sport." - Paste Magazine
"Full of sizzling action and roller-coaster emotions." - Seattle Times
"A refreshing look at kids competing in the highest levels of sports with all the tension and drama you might expect from a fiction film." - Reel News Daily
See details about this film's theatrical run.
Lily Zhang's 6 Tips for Improving Your Table Tennis Game (ESPN, 8/14/15)