Pop-culture fizz from Japan (2002), adapted from a manga by Taiyo Matsumoto. The main characters are a couple of revered high school table-tennis champs (one short and aggressive, the other tall and moody), and their efforts to win a big national tournament accommodate plenty of Zen aphorisms, glaring showdowns, and slow-motion paddle swinging. Fumihiko Sori directed. In Japanese with subtitles. 114 min.