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Film: Balls of Fury

From a slate of obscure-sports sports movie parodies (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Blades of Glory), that were popular in the mid-'00s.

19 Years after a humiliating failure at the '88 Olympic Games, ping-pong prodigy Randy Daytona is eking out a living as a trick-ping-pong-artist; on the day he gets fired, he is invited by Agent Ernie Rodriguez of the FBI to be the Bruce Lee equivalent in a ping-pong themed Enter the Dragon parody: reclusive criminal overlord hosting exclusive tournament in private fortress.


This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Ass Shove: "We're gonna have to sneak this in the old fashioned way..."
  • Bilingual Bonus: Averted.
    Feng: "Ping pong! Or, as the Chinese call it, ping pong!"
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Congratulations, you beat the Dragon! Here's your money, too bad it's got snot all over it." He then proceeds to blow his nose on the prize money.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Bouncing ping-pong balls off of people.
  • Combat Parkour: Maggie (played by Maggie Q) uses combat parkour when she takes on a group of martial artists.
  • Damsel in Distress: Beautifully Gender Flipped with the sex slaves, who do nothing but squeal and cower while they're being rescued.
  • The Dragon: Christopher Walken's seems to be something like half-Dragon Lady, half-Mayday from A View to a Kill, who was coincidentally also The Dragon to a Christopher Walken villain.
  • Expy: Jason Scott Lee plays the translator for "The Dragon," doubling as an Shout-Out to himself in Enter the Dragon and also as a Shout-Out to the urban legend of Bruce Lee fighting for the ability to teach the kwailo kung fu. "The Dragon" herself is an Expy to Bruce Lee, in this case in the realm of ping pong.
  • Groin Attack: Happens a few times, including an incident with chopsticks.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Dragon ends up being killed by one of her own poison darts.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Karl Wolfschtagg coldly mocks Randy and his dead father over and over, laughing at his own jokes. When someone heckles him from the audience with "You suck!" Wolfschtagg meekly protests that insults "sting."
  • I'm Going to Disney World: Randy, in a daze, blurts this out when he is humiliated at the Olympics. Years later, when greeting Feng's audience, a foreign national breaks the silence with, "how was Disney World?" making this statement an Old Shame.
  • Insult Backfire: "The joke's on you, its ladies speed stick!"
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death
  • Little Miss Badass: The Dragon.
  • Mighty Whitey: Though Randy is referred to by his teacher as "gwailo" (literally "ghost man" but taken to mean "foreign devil"), he is acknowledged as the only player able to beat Feng's contestants (and Feng himself).
  • Murderous Thighs: See "leg-grip-neck-crunchy thing" below.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Lampshaded, at the end.
  • Not Just a Tournament: As befits a parody of Enter the Dragon, the reason for the FBI being interested in the tournament is because of a crime lord funding it... and using it to draw the attention of unlawful people interested in his product, which is undetectable plastic firearms.
  • Oh, Crap: Said by the blow dart chick after she gets stuck with one of her own blow darts.
  • Only Smart People May Pass: Parodied. The directions to the rendezvous for the transport of the tournament are on the "Golden Racquet", as a Chinese riddle. Daytona seems to solve it, but then shows that the address was printed in English on the other side of the racquet, which nobody had noticed until then.
  • Pec Flex: Daytona's first opponent in the tournament (Mr. Terry Crews) does this excessively.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Subverted. Maggie punches a bad guy, kicks him, does a Sophitia-esque leg-grip-neck-crunchy thing to him, and he doesn't even bat an eye. Then he falls over.
  • Rule of Funny: The only reason the "grave site under a water slide" scene works. Zoning laws obviously wouldn't allow for such a thing to be possible.
  • Serious Business:
    • "You killed him..." "Well, duh. What part of 'sudden death' didn't you understand?"
    • Ping-Pong in general is taken VERY seriously in this movie.
    • Also lampshaded: "This is where fortunes are won, or lost. I'm speaking hyperbolically, but you get my point. People bet on ping-pong here."
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    "I'm trying to sacrifice my life in the name of our love, quit being such a dick!"
  • South of the Border: Although the compound and the Big Bad scream Yellow Peril, the place is situated "someplace in Latin America", and can even be reached by charter bus.
  • The Unfought: Karl Wulfstagg
  • There Was a Door: Inverted. You could try to break through the armored door, but that's stupid when there's a window right next to it.

Alternative Title(s):

Balls Of Fury