Balls of Fury

Balls of Fury

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Director: Robert Ben Garant

Cast: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez


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A disgraced former ping pong champion is drawn back into the world of high-stakes table tennis to carry out a top-secret mission in the feature directorial debut of Reno 911! writer/director Ben Garant. Far removed from the rigidly regulated world of professional sports, clandestine ping pong tournaments offer thrilling competitionSee more details below


A disgraced former ping pong champion is drawn back into the world of high-stakes table tennis to carry out a top-secret mission in the feature directorial debut of Reno 911! writer/director Ben Garant. Far removed from the rigidly regulated world of professional sports, clandestine ping pong tournaments offer thrilling competition where only the strong survive. There was a time when the mere mention of the name Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) was enough to make even those most hardened ping pong player cower in fear, but these days Randy has fallen out of favor with ping-pong fans. The former champ soon receives a much-needed shot at redemption, however, when he is recruited by a determined FBI agent named Rodriguez (George Lopez) to win a coveted spot in the upcoming underground table tennis tournament and ferret out the nefarious Feng (Christopher Walken), whose thriving criminal empire has transformed him into a true menace to society.

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Editorial Reviews

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Balls of Fury was the recipient of much critical fury when it first hit theaters. Maybe that's because the title sounded like a ripoff of Blades of Glory, which came out earlier that year, or because Fury's Dan Fogler seemed like a transparent attempt at finding "a poor man's Jack Black." Whatever the reason, it was as though all the pent-up frustration about two-bit comedies and their enslavement to formula was unleashed on this one little ping-pong movie. Which contradicts one very central and very original thing about Balls of Fury -- it might just be the first ever mainstream comedy about ping-pong. And it's certainly the first film since Forrest Gump to digitally conjure such realistic feats of paddle prowess, which Fury does repeatedly, with contagious joy. That's a good way to describe the entire film -- its surprising warmth and sweetness can't help but feel contagious, once viewers look past their preconceived biases. Fogler is, actually, his own comic personality -- he bears a physical resemblance to Black, but his perfectly named Randy Daytona is Fogler's own Def Leppard-loving goofball creation. While Daytona is in fact a depressed schlub working the dingiest casinos in Reno, he's also a genuine ping-pong savant. A lesser script might have made him a hapless wannabe, but writer-director Ben Garant and writer Thomas Lennon respect Daytona's genius, finding the absurd in his situation, rather than requiring him to play the clown -- quite different from how they would have written his character on Reno 911! They've also dreamed up a funny array of ping-pong lifer nut jobs, whose tournament underworld is comic gold, especially as overseen by Christopher Walken in a kimono and a Brooklyn accent. The title tells you this movie has balls, but it can't prepare you for its unexpected heart.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Fogler Randy Daytona
Christopher Walken Feng
George Lopez Rodriguez
Maggie Q Maggie
James Hong Wong
Terry Crews Freddy
Robert Patrick Sgt. Pete Daytona
Diedrich Bader Gary
Aisha Tyler Mahogany
Thomas Lennon Karl Wolfschtagg
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Mysterious Asian Man
Brett Delbuono Young Randy (12 Yrs. Old)
Jason Scott Lee Siu-Foo
Toby Huss Groundskeeper
Dave Holmes TV Producer
Heather DeLoach Teenage Fan
David Koechner Rick The Birdmaster
Kerri Kenney-Silver Showgirl
Floyd VanBuskirk Old Man
Jenny Robertson Den Mother
Patton Oswalt Hammer
Jim Lampley Sportscaster
La Na Shi The Dragon
Mather Zickel Branch Director
Jim Rash Techie
David Proval Mob Boss
Philippe Durand Referee
Masi Oka Jeff - Bathroom Attendant
Brandon Molale Male Courtesan #1
Guy Stevenson Male Courtesan #2
Steve Little Crazed East German Fan
Cathy Shim North Korean Attache
Greg Joung Paik North Korean General
Eugene Choy Gardener
Matt Sigloch Commanding Officer
Marisa Tayui Geisha
Mark Hyland Umberto Dinovi
Justin Lopez Wedge McDonald
Irina Voronina Coach Schmidt
Darryl Chan Feng's Bodyguard

Technical Credits
Robert Ben Garant Director,Screenwriter
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Robert Alonzo Stunts
Steve Arnold Art Director
Julie Ashton-Barson Casting
Gary Barber Producer
Dan Bell Stunts
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Mary Ann Bozek Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Chau Sound/Sound Designer
Ilram Choi Stunts
J.J. Dashnaw Stunts
Jeremy Dunn Stunts
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Jonathan Eusebio Stunts
Derek Evans Executive Producer
Roel Failma Stunts
Freddi Joe Farnsworth Stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez Stunts
Eddie Fernandez Stunts
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Al Goto Stunts
Josh Hakian Special Effects Supervisor
Anita Hart Stunts
Steve Hart Stunts
Kiralee Hayashi Stunts
Scott Herbertson Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Hernandez Stunts
Steven Ho Stunts
Brian Imada Stunts
Jeff Imada Stunts
Noga Isackson Asst. Director
Shawn Kautz Stunts
Jeff Knipp Production Designer
John Koyama Stunts
David Leitch Stunts
Thomas Lennon Producer,Screenwriter
Willie Leong Stunts
Sam Looc Stunts
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Heidi Moneymaker Stunts
Tadahiro Nakamura Stunts
Charles Papert Camera Operator
David L. Parrish Camera Operator
Jeff Podgurski Stunts
Ming Qiu Stunts
Rex Reddick Stunts
John Refoua Editor
Tim Rigby Stunts
Mike Runyard Stunts
Ron Schmidt Executive Producer
Monty L. Simons Stunts
Don Tai Stunts
Chuck Tamburro Stunts
Steve Upton Stunts
Xuyen T. Valdivia Stunts
Jonathan Valera Stunts
Ryan Watson Stunts
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
Scott Workman Stunts
Marcus Young Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Balls of Fury
1. Life of Shame [5:38]
2. Ping-Pong Wizard [3:49]
3. High-Stakes Tournament [3:08]
4. No Mercy [2:53]
5. Hands-On Training [5:54]
6. Not Just a Game [4:04]
7. Believe in Yourself [3:22]
8. Face the Dragon [5:54]
9. The Golden Paddle [5:29]
10. Master Feng [5:28]
11. Courtesan of Pleasure [4:05]
12. Sudden Death [1:36]
13. Invitation to the Dark Side [3:50]
14. Plan B [5:23]
15. Change in Program [4:39]
16. Who's the Best? [5:39]
17. Rules Have Changed [2:39]
18. The Backhand [3:18]
19. A Little Something [3:23]
20. End Titles [3:11]


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