ping pong playa now available on dvd

After a crowd-pleasing run on the festival circuit, and a short theatrical run, last year's indie sports comedy Ping Pong Playa is out on DVD! Directed by Academy Award-winning documentary director Jessica Yu, it tells the tale of Chris 'C-Dub' Wang, a trash-talking, wannabe baller, suburban slacker who never quite found his true calling. Destiny calls when he must compete in the local ping pong tournament in order to defend the honor of the family business.

It's a fun movie, with some solid laughs, funny laughs and a health dose of Asian American pride. The DVD is available everywhere today, so get yourself a copy. Special features include an audio commentary with Jessica Yu and writer/co-producer/star Jimmy Tsai, as well as something called "Post-Game" and "Warm-Up Drills" ... whatever that means.

So... let's do a giveaway. Everybody loves free stuff, right? I'm giving away two copies of Ping Pong Playa to two lucky readers. All you have to do is answer this simple question: What film did director Jessica Yu win an Oscar for in 1997? Email me your answer, with "PPP DVD GIVEAWAY" clearly written in the subject line, by the end of Friday, January 9. I'll throw all the correct entries in a hat and pick two winners at random. And you'll be set.

If you're in Los Angeles, and want to take part in some more Ping Pong Playa-related festivities, head on over to GR2 on Saturday night for the Ping Pong Playa DVD signing, 6:00-8:00pm. Jessica and Jimmy will be on hand to meet folks and sign some DVDs. For the rest of you, get your DVD here.

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