Balls of Fury

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on 3/11/2013

The movie opens in 1988, when twelve- ear old Ping Pong prodigy Randy Daytona (Brett DelBuono) competes at the summer Olympics. His crushing defeat put an end to a future in professional Ping Pong. It also resulted in the death of his father (Robert Patrick), who unwisely made a bet with an underground evil Chinese faction. After all, it's a okay movie to watch.

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Down-and-out former professional ping-pong phenom, randy daytona, is sucked into a maelstrom when fbi agent ernie rodriguez recruits him for a secret mission. Randy is determined to bounce back and win, and to smoke out his father's killer -- arch-fiend feng.


Studio Universal
SKU 206181747
UPC 025193184924
UPC 14 00025193184924
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
FBI Agents
Kung Fu
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note It's ping-pong played to the death in this balls-out comedy: Dan Fogler stars as pong child prodigy and Def Leppard-devotee Randy Daytona, whose defeat at the hands of a hissy East German (Thomas Lennon) during the 1988 Olympics forced him leave the world of ping-pong competition in disgrace. Randy's life is a shambles until he gets recruited by CIA agent (Barry Lopez) to infiltrate an ENTER THE DRAGON-style ping-pong tournament (to the death), run by an evil triad leader (Christopher Walken). First Randy needs to get back in shape; enter James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA) as the blind ping-pong master Wang and Maggie Q as his sexy, kung fu-fighting niece. While FURY is a consistently funny comedy it also manages to sluly infuse some intelligence and compassion into its steady stream of genre spoofery and lowbrow crotch gags (similar in that sense to Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES). Fogler has an engagingly scruffy underdog-style warmth and seems to really connect with the older pros like Walken and Hong; there's the sense everyone had a good time making this film, which carries over to the audience. Director Robert Ben Garant knows when to speed up the action and when to give his actors room to stretch out; the result is a generous spirit where all the cast is allowed to grab their share of the laughs. There's also some awesome Def Lepard tunes on the soundtrack, and Maggie Q is one smokin' hot babe.
Film Comment "[T]he laughs are warm and occasionally hard, thanks to a decent script by director Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, some fairly ingenious ping-pong sight gags, and affable newcomer Dan Fogler." 07/01/2007 p.73
Sight and Sound "[T]here's an endearing visual brashness to the film, while Dan Fogler, the Tony-winning Broadway actor who plays Daytona delivers his gags well." 02/01/2008 p.52
Robert Ben Garant
George Lopez
Dan Fogler
Christopher Walken
Maggie Q
Cast & Crew
Aisha Tyler - Actor
Christopher Walken - Actor
Dan Fogler - Actor
David Koechner - Actor
Diedrich Bader - Actor
George Lopez - Actor
James Hong - Actor
Jeff Knipp - Production Designer
John Refoua - Editor
Kent Alterman - Executive Producer
Kerri Kenney-Silver - Actor
Maggie Q - Actor
Patton Oswalt - Actor
Randy Edelman - Original Music By
Robert Ben Garant - Director
Robert Ben Garant - Writer
Robert Patrick - Actor
Roger Birnbaum - Producer
Steve Arnold - Art Director
Terry Crews - Actor
Thomas E. Ackerman - Cinematographer
Thomas Lennon - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 62031849
UPC 00025193184924
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, "Balls of Fury" has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes...In some respects, the movie proves most notable for its oddities. In no particular order, these include 78-year-old movie vet James Hong stealing every scene he's in; Christopher Walken's quirky, villainous turn in a gaudy costume that calls to mind Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula"; "Heroes" star Masi Oka in a blink-and-you-miss-him cameo; and Jason Scott Lee -- who played Bruce Lee in "Dragon" -- in an only slightly less abbreviated appearance, almost unrecognizable under a mop of unruly hair...Pic doesn't really serve an ace until its closing credits roll, accompanied by the entire cast's raucous, energetic rendition of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" that comes as too little, too late. Beyond that, the movie's clever marketing slogan -- "A huge comedy with tiny balls" -- actually has it backward, inasmuch as it takes huge balls to make such grandiose claims about a comedy this tiny.
Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource DVD Talk
Review I'm honestly stunned to consider how dreadful "Balls of Fury" actually is. This picture had the potential to be the break-out sillyfest of the year, yet nothing comedic sticks to the screen. The film just stumbles around, without any personality or direction, looking for laughs in all the wrong places...Clearly "Fury" is abusing the template from 2004's sleeper smash "Dodgeball," a similar obscure sport farce that had far greater luck sniffing laughs out of the minutiae of elementary school gym class recreation. "Fury" is much more slovenly concoction, figuring the very inclusion of Ping-Pong equals comedy gold, letting the rest of the picture slide by without much thought. I hate to break it to the filmmakers, but Table Tennis just isn't all that funny, no matter how much competitive masculinity is assigned to it...Resorting to crotch-wallops, gay panic situations, fart jokes, "Date Movie" level satiric jabs at Hollywood conventions (bullet-time?), heavily underlined retro kisses (Def Leppard is mentioned at least 100 times in the film), and a plot that's dying to find something to do, and this leaves "Balls of Fury" an official waste of time and a must to avoid.
Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
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Andy Spletzer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Like Jack Black, but not as sarcastic, [Dan Fogler] brings a winning enthusiasm to the role.
Kamal AL-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail Stupendously silly but viciously funny.
Mark Feeney, Boston Globe The movie flaunts its ridiculousness and offers a relentless string of jokes about blindness, groin-bashing, and bodily odors.

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