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Fireball -- Martial arts and basketball meet in this trailer.

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Writers:
Adirek Wattaleela (written by)
Thanakorn Pongsuwan (written by)
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Release Date:
29 January 2009 (Thailand) See more »
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Tagline:
No Rules, No Mercy, Only the strongest will survive See more »
Plot:
Tai, a young man arrested on a crime charge, is discharged thanks to his twin brother Tan's dogged help... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Directed by
Thanakorn Pongsuwan 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thanakorn Pongsuwan  written by
Kiat Sansanandana  written by
Taweewat Wantha  written by
Adirek Wattaleela  written by

Produced by
Nutsha Bootsri .... associate producer
Sa-Nga Chatchairungruang .... executive producer
Sangar Chatchairungruang .... executive producer
Sirasak Koshparsharin .... associate producer
Sanit Wangvichar .... associate producer
Adirek Wattaleela .... producer
 
Original Music by
Giant Wave 
 
Cinematography by
Teerawat Rujintham 
Wardhana Vunchuplou 
Suntipong Waiwong 
 
Film Editing by
Saknakorn Neteharn 
Thanakorn Pongsuwan 
Adirek Wattaleela 
 
Production Design by
Varakorn Poonsawadhi 
 
Art Direction by
Sippapas Pucare 
 
Costume Design by
Kaseya Kongsamrarn 
 
Production Management
Khanakwan Lucksatcha .... production manager
M.L. Jaroondet Voravan .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jaded Aueychimplee .... first assistant director
Prasit Wongjirattikarn .... second assistant director
 
Stunts
Pangrech Sangcha .... stunt coordinator
 
Casting Department
Yutnathorn Kaewthong .... casting
 
Other crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
 

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Also Known As:
"Fireball: Muay Thai Dunk" - Singapore (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody brutal martial arts violence throughout, and brief sexuality
Runtime:
Thailand:94 min (approx.)
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Color:
Color (35 mm version)
Certification:
Australia:MA (2011) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) | Germany:18 (cut) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45588)
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26 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Fireball, 16 May 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Rather than Fireball: Muay Thai Dunk, this could have been more aptly titled as Firebrawl: Anything Goes, and I mean that in a nice way. We know enough of how sports and martial arts can coexist in movies, either in comical fashion like Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer, or played in a more deadpan, idol-movie like manner with the Jay Chou vehicle Kung Fu Dunk. Joining their ranks is this latest action film directed by Thanakorn Pongsuwan, which fuses an illegal underground basketball league, and Muay Thai fighting.

For those who want to organize their own tournament, here are the extremely simple rules as explained in the movie. It's your standard 5 on 5 basketball on a full length court, except that when the whistle blows, you can brawl with your opponent immediately, which makes it something like a WWE Royal Rumble, only faster and more brutal. To win, you still have to put the ball into your opponent's goal/basket (it's still basketball after all), but it only takes one dunk to win. Either that, or the team with the last man standing will be the victor. Killing your opponent is allowed, but only within the court (anything outside equals to punishment for the team), but there's no replacement players allowed as you progress through the stages. Which means survivors get to split more cash between them, but suffer from numerical disadvantage. Weapons are optional too.

Which makes the film perfect as an all out actioner, and Pongsuwan doesn't think twice about indulging the audience into detailed, well executed fights which take precedence over a decent game of basketball. While watching the film I felt it was a throwback to the 80s Bloodsport type of movie with gladiators battling in an arena, sans plot and character development, where the focus is to let the fists and feet do most of the talking. That said, the fight sequences were nicely shot and tightly choreographed, though it seemed more like an all-out street brawl than sticking to Muay Thai principles. Fans of hard-hitting action will definitely appreciate the ring-side seat to all of the action here, which is relentless in pace and powerful in execution.

Story-wise, it tells of the tale of Tai (Preeti Barameeanat), who has recently been released from prison because twin brother Tan got him out of jail by raising required funds for bribery, but at the price of fighting for his life in a coma at the hospital. Tai learns from Tan's main squeeze Pang (Khanutra Chuchuaysuwan), who provides a cursory and unnecessary romantic angle, that Tan often got himself badly knocked up, and discovers that his twin was actually knocked comatose by an opponent in a Fireball tournament. So like a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, Tai adopts Tan's identity, and finds himself looking for a team to join for the tournament, seeking revenge.

Enter Boss Den (Phutharit Prombandal), who recruits Tai's Tan into his Fireball team, led by captain and best fighter of the lot Zing (9 Million Sam, yes you read that right!), with Muk (Kumpanat Oungsoongnern), K (Anuwat Saejao) and teenager IQ (Kannut Samerjai) as the rag-tag, hastily assembled team with trust issues amongst one another, and personal issues, each from the doldrums of society, mercenaries for hire if you like, eyeing that prize money at the end of the rainbow in order to lift their lot. Throw in some match-fixing potential, which is de-facto in any underground fights, and nasty opponents with no qualms for un- sportsmanship behaviour, and you're all set for a non-stop action film where the drama in between becomes an excuse to glue the multi-faceted fight scenarios together. One of the best involves a training sequence where the boys play a friendly in and around a narrow and cramped apartment block, resembling a parkour-yamakasi piece.

Given knowledge that a prequel will be made, I can't help but to think that this film could end up as the "middle" movie, since it ended the way it did with doors opened for a sequel, and of course the story of Tan provides ample room for scenes before the opening shot here. The players too are likely to be similar for the prequel, and it could follow John Woo's A Better Tomorrow where you can bring back the key actor from the excuse that we're looking at the twin / likeness resembling relative, which this film had all set up, and set subsequent movies back in time too.

That said, as a basketball-type movie, Fireball would not muster any merit for lay-ups and slam dunks. But as an action film, then yes, it will satisfy any action junkie who misses the good old days of no holds barred fights, multiplied by the number of players on the court all happening at the same time.

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