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An aimless young Chinese-American finds his hoop dreams unexpectedly sidelined when his parents are injured in an accident and he is forced to give ping-pong lessons in the fiction feature debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jessica Yu (Jessica Yu). Christopher "C-dub" Wang (Jimmy Tsai) may not be able to sink a lay-up to save his life, yet he longs to realize his lifelong goal of playing in the NBA. Add to this the fact that C-dub still lives at home and will likely never emerge from under the shadow of his successful older brother, Michael (Roger Fan), and it's beginning to look like this wannabe pro-athlete is going nowhere fast. C-dub's parents (Jim Lau and Elizabeth Sung) are a pair of former table tennis champs who now own a successful ping-pong supply shop and teach lessons on the side. Much like his parents were back in the day, C-dub's brother Michael (Roger Fan) is a ping-pong wizard who is championed by the Chinese community for taking top rank in the tournaments year after year. But now, Michael and C-dub's parents have both been injured in a car accident, forcing the ill-equipped -- and extremely reluctant -- family slacker to take over the ping-pong teaching duties. While at first C-dub doesn't take his new responsibility all too seriously, he quickly discovers that the future of his family rests in his hands after Michael is injured and rendered unable to compete in this year's championships. Soon, C-dub realizes that by stepping in for Michael and winning the championships, he may also be able to win the heart of the girl he has fallen head over heels in love with. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 5, 2008


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Anne Clements Producers Award 2007 Nominee


Jimmy Tsai
as Christopher "C-dub" Wang
Smith Cho
as Jennifer
Khary Payton
as JP Money
Roger Fan
as Michael Wang
Peter Paige
as Gerald
Jim Lau
as Mr. Wang
Elizabeth Sung
as Mrs. Wang
Stephnie Weir
as Cheryl
Javin Reid
as Prabakar


Jessica Yu
Joan Huang
Anne Clements
Jimmy Tsai
Jessica Yu
Frank G. de Marco
Jeff Beal
Composer (Music Score)
Shaun Terence Young
Musical Direction/Supervision
Zene Baker
Denise Hudson
Production Designer
Jimmy Tsai
Jeff Gou
Executive Producer
Jessica Flaherty
Costume Designer
Jason L. Wood