Resilience, determination and good old fashioned chutzpah intermingle in this tale of age defying octogenarians. This documentary featuring ageing table tennis champions with a shared age of 703 is a heart warming ode to the perils of growing old.
Eight entrants compete for the World Championship Ping Pong title in Inner Mongolia. And they’re all of pensionable age. With a tagline of you’re “never too old for gold” the participants in this eye-opening flick display wit, dedication and hope that many might assume had left these title hungry table tennis champs.
Their joint love of table tennis brings them together as they compete for the #1 title but it is their personal stories of plights overcome and dreams rediscovered that really sets them apart. A humbling and often humorous account Ping Pong fights for those that have almost been forgotten. We caught up with director Hugh Hartford to find out a little more about the obscure world of over-80s whiff-whaff.
Ping Pong is in UK cinemas from the 6th July and is screening as part of the East End Film Festival on 7th July at Stratford Picturehouse.
Click the pic to watch the trailer.