The film begins at the table tennis finals of the 1988 Olympics. Twelve-year old Randy Daytona (Brett DelBuono) is the American contender. He is anxious, which increases when his father (Robert Patrick) says that he bet on him despite his original promise not to. His opponent is Karl Wolfschtagg (Thomas Lennon) from the German Democratic Republic. During the intense first point, Daytona runs back too far and hits his head on the table. His father is then murdered by the people he bet with.
Nineteen years later, Daytona (Dan Fogler) is working at a Reno casino, doing a table tennis routine. After getting kicked out (for scaring someone that unexpectedly caused a heart attack), Ernie Rodriguez (George Lopez) and two other FBI agents approach him and request his assistance in taking down the criminal Feng (Christopher Walken). He agrees and plays at a local tournament to get to state but loses 11-3 due to him being out-of-shape, having last played competitively at the '88 Olympics. They go to a noodle shop and apprentice him under a blind Master-teacher named Wong (James Hong). His niece Maggie (Maggie Q) helps. Wong and Rodriguez inform Daytona that he needs to win some championships in order to be noticed by Feng's scouts, as his tournament is by invitation only.more info