Manga Author Revisits "Ping-Pong Club" for "Mix" Movie Tie-In
Minoru Furuya’s vulgar and irreverent table tennis gag manga, Ping-Pong Club, may have concluded way back in 1996, but that doesn’t meant the manga author can’t have a little fun with his characters in an unusual promotion with Mix, an upcoming live-action romantic comedy about couples playing mixed table tennis matches.
As part of the collaboration between the two properties, Furuya illustrated a spoof version of the Mix movie poster, only with Maeno, Izawa, and other characters from Ping-Pong Club taking the place of the romantic leads and supporting characters. The promotion allowed Furuya the opportunity to revisit his characters for the first time in about 20 years, which he described as “a lot of fun”.
Mix is directed by Junichi Ishikawa and stars Yui Aragaki and Eita. The film follows Tamako Tomita (played by Aragaki), a former table-tennis prodigy who is spending her adult life as an ordinary officer worker. When Tomita is dumped by her boyfriend for another woman who belongs to the company table tennis club, Tomita decides to get her revenge by training and competing against them in a mixed doubles table tennis tournament.
Mix hits theaters in Japan on October 21, 2017.
Source: Comic Natalie