Here are some billiard videos that I recommend.
Reyes (Philippines) vs Strickland (USA).
“1996 The Color of Money, Hong Kong, $100,000, 120 racks ahead over 3 days.
It is divided into parts 1-5 on Youtube.
The URL below is only part 1.
Please refer to the end of the article for the URL of part1 – part5.
Both Reyes and Strickland are past their prime now (Reyes is 66 and Strickland is 60 as of 2021), but they are two of the biggest stars and geniuses who have made their mark on the pool scene.
Reyes was about 42 years old and Strickland was about 35 years old.
They have played many great games, but this game is particularly memorable.
I borrowed the dubbed video from the master of my favorite billiard store and watched it over and over again.
The price of the video must have been about 50,000 yen at the time.
I was told that I would get better at pocket billiards if I bought and watched this video than if I bought a cue.
This video contains everything you need to know about pocket billiards.
The camera angle is unique, and many of the scenes are filmed with a close-up view of the cue ball movement, making the video strangely realistic.
The year is 1996, the setting is Hong Kong, and two geniuses are competing for $100,000 for three days!
Intriguing, isn’t it?
The game is played in a dark pool bar, where wealthy people from Europe, America, Hong Kong and the Philippines are watching the game. Some of them are enjoying drinks and smoking cigarettes. Some of the girls are dressed a little sexily, and there is a lot of entertainment going on.
As a side note, the title, The color of money, is the same as the English title of the movie Hustler 2 by Tom Cruise and Paul Newman, which was a big hit in Japan in 1986.
Thanks to this movie, there was a huge billiards boom in Japan, and billiard halls and bars opened one after another.
Billiards is not as popular now as it was then, but if cool actors and actresses make fantastic cool movie, I’m sure it will be a big boom again!
If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it!
It’s divided into parts 1-5 on Youtube.