Have you ever seen Ping Pong? It is a movie about two high school students, Peco (Yosuke Kubozuka) and Smile (ARATA) who play ping-pong and discover how that sport shaped their friendship, or maybe, rivalry that might ruin their bonds. I really, really, want to review this movie… But, I really, really want to try sticking myself to schedule – a movie/dorama review per month. Maybe, posting about the soundtrack won’t hurt. ^^
Ping Pong is a feel good movie with great soundtracks!! Of all the songs played in the movie, I’ve found that many songs are from SUPERCAR and their songs become my favorites. SUPERCAR is an alternative rock band (according to Wikipedia) but their recent albums consist more electronica songs (you know, I love electronica ^^). And here are five songs from them that appear in Ping Pong movie.
Change is an instrumental piece that is taken from their Futurama album. It is a laid back song with electric guitar sound to set the mood. Soon, the song has more beat with the drums. The song appears while Peco (one of main characters of Ping Pong) plays against Demon (Akuma, one of his childhood friend). The song didn’t appear in Ping Pong OST CD.
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Baby Once More
The song is played when Peco had running exercise with his coach. The song didn’t appear in Ping Pong OST CD.
Yumegiwa Last Boy
The ending theme of Ping Pong continues the “sweet” feeling of the movie and it helps me reminiscence a bit on what Smile did and wanted throughout the movie. The song is sung by SUPERCAR male vocalist, Koji Nakamura. It is available in Ping Pong OST CD (Track 1).
The song starts with Nintendo sound then followed by Miki Furukawa voice (SUPERCAR female vocalist and bassist). Its repetitive (and somewhat quirky) lyrics gradually form its steady beats that synch with the movie scenes (the ball hitting practice and the running…). The song saves its best part approx. 1 minutes and 12 seconds before it ends. The song fits the coming days of the ping-pong match. It is available in Ping Pong OST CD (Track 3).
Free Your Soul
A high-spirited ping-pong match combined with this song as background is simply one of the best “feel-good” scene. Free Your Soul begins with guitar with effect, a repetitive sound in the background, dreamy vocal, and in the movie, it matches with Peco’s game style. Wow. This song is taken from their single, Strobolights and available in Ping Pong OST CD (Track 15).
That’s all for today!! Have another thoughts? Tell me by commenting here.
- Ping Pong (2002) Movie Review (acrossdhitzuniverse.wordpress.com)