Balls of Fury
Just when you thought you’d heard of everything, somebody makes a movie about ping-pong with a martial arts twist called, Balls of Fury. Following his humiliating defeat at the 1988 Olympic Ping-Pong games, Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler) makes a meager living perfecting his ping-pong night club act. Late one evening, Randy is approached by FBI agent Ernie Rodriquez (George Lopez) with a special assignment to infiltrate an illegal ping-pong tournament organized by a criminal named Feng (Christopher Walken). Since Randy’s ping-pong playing skills have deteriorated he seeks out the services of an ill-tempered blind ping-pong master named Wong (James Hong) and his sexy niece, Maggie Wong (Maggie Q). (I thought I could learn how to be a blind ping pong player from Master Wong but the only thing he did was run into things and I can do that on my own.) While Master Wong puts Randy through rigorous training exercises, Maggie sharpens his skills by playing ping-pong with him. Eventually, Randy is allowed to play in the big ping-pong “sudden death” tournament and finds out they really mean “Sudden Death.” If you enjoy seeing people being kicked in the groin and chopsticks being shoved up noses and everywhere else, this movie is for you. Except for a couple chuckles it really wasn’t funny and the closer it limped to the end the more ridiculous it became. The script was lame and the plot was just as hollow as the ping-pong balls. This is another one of those films that if I could have found the door to the theater I would have left. Because of a great Def Leopard sound track I will move this film up to a D+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.