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Balls of Fury [HD DVD] [2007] [US Import]

Dan Fogler , Christopher Walken , Robert Ben Garant    HD DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Maggie Q, James Hong
  • Directors: Robert Ben Garant
  • Writers: Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant
  • Producers: Derek Evans, Gary Barber, Jonathan Glickman, Michael Gordon, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Dec 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XPU674
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,345 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Balls of Fury will score points with anyone who ever wished that Enter the Dragon played out in the subterranean "underbelly of ping pong" instead of the world of martial arts. Tony Award-winner Dan Fogler (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), joining the ranks of Jack Black, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill as a schlub (romantic?) hero, stars as Randy Daytona, a Def Leppard-loving ping-pong wizard who, as a 12-year-old, was disgraced at the 1988 Olympics. Nineteen years later and gone to seed, he is reduced to performing a novelty act in Reno until an FBI Agent (George Lopez, and yes, at one point, he will proclaim, "Say hello to my little friend" a la Al Pacino in Scarface) recruits him to infiltrate an underground ping pong tournament run by Feng (Christopher Walken), the arch villain who killed Daytona's father. Co-written by Reno 911 colleagues Robert Ben Garant (who also directed) and Thomas Lennon (who costars as Daytona's taunting East Berlin rival), Balls of Fury is hit and miss, but it fitfully kills with some ace performances, including Walken, bringing more cowbell, as Feng, resplendent in silks and red fingernails (his Christopher Walken impression, while perhaps not as uncanny as Kevin Spacey's or Jay Mohr's, is dead-on).

James Hong puts a wicked spin on the clichéd role of mentor, and action babe Maggie Q rocks as his niece. Look quick for David Koechner as hopeless entertainer Rick the Birdmaster, Patton Oswalt as an obnoxious early opponent, Kerri Kenney-Silver as a showgirl, and Diedrich Bader as one of Feng's imprisoned sex slaves (don't ask). With less go-for-the-groin humour than the title might indicate, Balls of Fury brings its A-game with some subversive bits of business, such as an ominous moment that is undercut when a menacing character is forced to re-enter the scene to ask for directions back to the highway. --Donald Liebenson

Synopsis

Dan Fogler stars as table tennis child prodigy and Def Leppard-devotee Randy Daytona, whose defeat at the hands of an East German (Thomas Lennon) during the 1988 Olympics forced him leave the world of table tennis competition in disgrace. Randy's life is a shambles until he gets recruited by a CIA agent (Barry Lopez) to infiltrate an Enter the Dragon-style table tennis 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 table tennis master Wang and Maggie Q as his sexy, kung fu-fighting niece.
While Balls of Fury is a consistently funny comedy it also manages to slyly infuse some intelligence and compassion into its steady stream of genre spoofing 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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What are you guys on about?! 28 May 2008
Format:DVD
This movie will have you in stitches! Both my boyfriend and I were in tears-it was that funny. As was written above, if you like the slapstick visual humour of the Anchorman etc genre then take a look - you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than expected 15 May 2013
Format:DVD
This is basically a simple sketch of the Karate Kid meets Enter the Dragon but with ping pong. Surprisingly, for the most part it works. We have a evil Bond-esque villain (ironically) played by Christopher Walken in a SNL skit style, a couple of beautiful action ready woman and a blind wise mentor figure. 90% of the jokes are simple and crude so the blind guy falls over alot and thinks men are women ect and they milk the pun about tiny balls way too much. However, there are one or two real comedy gems in this that I really liked and won't spoil. Dan Fogler is no Seth Rogen or even Jack Black but he does pretty good in that style of comedy and he is fun to watch. The real stars for me were Maggie Q as the ass kicking love interest and Aisha Tyler as the sexy hench-woman who had some of the best lines and really seemed to get their parts.
It is a fun, silly movie that moves at a fast pace and knows that it is silly and just a laugh.
Overall, I doubt you'll watch it a second time but when you've had a long day and just want to sit back and have a giggle then this would be a good choice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing! 4 May 2008
Format:DVD
All right, so this is not the best film ever. But I did find it very entertaining, and it throws some nice comedic curves your way. If you liked "DodgeBall," or any other comedies based around less-well-publicised sports, chances are pretty good you'll like this. It's got the same endearing Marginalised-Game-As-Flashy-Grand-Sporting-Event-Or-Massive-Underground-Tournament feel to it, with the added facet of a Bruce Lee film. (Bruce Lee film. Keep that in mind when you watch, and you'll get a couple of nice casting and thematic jokes related to "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.") Aside from a few moments of low comedy, the whole cast all do very well in this spoof. And while another Amazon reviewer thinks this movie is a tragic waste of Christopher Walken's talent, he certainly looks like he's enjoying himself on this project, and I really enjoyed his performance. Pity we didn't get to see him dance, though. While not the funniest comedy in my collection, its unique nature sets it apart from the others.

"Balls of Fury" is one of those films I'd recommend renting first to see if you like it, then buying it if you do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "..GREAT ORIGINAL COMEDY.." 22 Jun 2014
Format:DVD
Very funny movie with an original and unique crazy storyline about an illegal table tennis tournament to the death, lead by criminal mastermind Christopher Walken! Dan Folger is Randy Daytona an ex champion undercover to help the FBI bring Feng (Walken) to justice! great cast all round with parts from Robert Patrick, Terry Crews, Diedrich Bader and the beautiful Maggie Q as well, there's plenty of laugh out loud gags and one liners, great comedy really worth checking out.

DVD has plenty of special features too for the now low price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rob Roy
Format:DVD
This is a VERY FUNNY film.
This underrated film had me laughing out loud ( something I don't do with many movies), with loads of surprising and original jokes through the film.
The acting is superbly funny and the main character is brilliantly played, straight-faced, by Dan Fogler. His ping pong rivals have their moments...watch out especially for the mean and nasty German champion, who has some of the funniest lines in the film.

Christopher Walken plays the arch villain with deadpan panache and Fogler's ping pong mentor, James Hong, shows some deft touches with his chopsticks, wielded like samurai swords as he trains the unfit student, Kung fu style. Hong's daughter is a gorgeously talented player herself and plays ping pong like a matrial art black belt to fight off some unwanted intruders, all the while looking as sexy as any of the most glamorous heroines of martial arts films.

The plot is predictable enough but with a very well written script and plenty enough twists and parodying of the martial genre to make it worth a second watch.
At such a bargain price on Amazon, it's well worth a go.
Go on, give it a go. You won't regret it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surely worth a 3 27 April 2008
Format:DVD
I feel that the only review on here does not do the film credit! If your a fan of random comedy's like Anchorman, Talledega Nights etc. then give this a try I'm sure it'll tickle you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hidden gem 7 May 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a hidden gem a la "Happy Gilmore". If you don't laugh at this movie something is amiss with your sense of humor. Walken is tremendous in a comedic role. Its predictable but that's just a back drop for the skits. If you can't relate to Randy then your a better man than me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great present for table tennis fan! 1 Jan 2014
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Trailer looked great and I wanted a little extra item for a present for a table tennis fan. This was delivered promptly the next day and in good condition. I think it's very silly humour but anything with Christopher Walken is generally good fun entertainment!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dvd
One of the worst films I ve ever seen and normally am generous on my ratings,but epic fail this film
Published 11 months ago by martin toole
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish
It is rubbish the story is terrible it's not even funny and the acting is very poor save your money and buy somthing else
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by ian moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge comedy about Tiny Balls
I did not honestly have very high expectations of this film , but actually it is very very funny. Well worth spending an evening with.
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I receive my Item and it was in perfect condition. The packing was perfect nothing to complain you really give a very good service. thank a lot
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Mr. Ryan Marcel Simon Savy
4.0 out of 5 stars Mental
Thought it would be rubbish but laughed all the way through. Several recognizable faces playing against type. Not the best of it's genre but certainly in the vicinity.
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by Elizabeth O
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff
I heard from a lot of people that this was only as good as the clips that were released for promotional reasons but at this price I couldn't turn it down and I'm glad I didn't. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Bazajaytee
3.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Dragon + Dragon
It's Enter the Dragon + Dragon the Bruce Lee Story done with ping pong.
It's OK, plenty of in jokes to those who know the sorce material. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2008 by Chris Morse
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