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Dragonball Evolution (2009)

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The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power.

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James Wong

Writers:

Ben Ramsey (screenplay), Akira Toriyama (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Chatwin ... Goku
Yun-Fat Chow ... Roshi
Emmy Rossum ... Bulma
Jamie Chung ... Chi Chi
James Marsters ... Lord Piccolo
Joon Park Joon Park ... Yamcha
Eriko Tamura ... Mai (as Eriko)
Randall Duk Kim ... Gohan
Ernie Hudson ... Sifu Norris
Texas Battle ... Carey Fuller
Megumi Seki ... Seki
Ian Whyte ... Oozaru
Richard Blake ... Agundes
Jon Valera ... Moreno
Rafael Valdez Rafael Valdez ... Butler
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Storyline

The story begins with Goku, who seeks out upon his adoptive grandfather Grandpa Gohan's dying request to find the great Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls. Of which he has one, in order to prevent the evil Lord Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world. And Goku's quest is to obtain the mystical Dragonballs before Piccolo does. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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This Easter the legend comes to life. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Hong Kong | UK

Language:

English | Japanese | Hindi

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon Ball See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,756,488, 12 April 2009

Gross USA:

$9,362,785

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,720,772
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mai's name is never mentioned once in the film, only revealed in the credits. See more »

Goofs

Piccolo can destroy a house with telekinesis, but he can't lift the Dragonball that falls off the stone mount back up to him at the end scene of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grandpa Gohan: In a time before many can remember, our planet faced its greatest challenge. A warlord named Piccolo camed from beyond the stars, bringing darkness and chaos to our once peaceful world. Aided by his disciple Oozaru, the evil pair brought the human race to the brink of annihilation. Cities and countries crumbled beneath them. Countless lives were lost. But... finally, a group of brave warriors created the Mu Fu Ba, a powerful enchantment that imprisoned Piccolo deep within the Earth...
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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear on screen until the end. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Ghost in the Shell (2017) (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Worked UP!
Written and Performed by Brian Anthony
Courtesy of Sogni Records - 7 Entertainment, LLC
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User Reviews

 
For the love of god, if you respect the original series at all, do NOT pay to see this crap!
4 April 2009 | by vas_deferensSee all my reviews

Let me just start off by saying that there are no redeeming qualities to this movie at all. The multi-million dollar budget has amounted to a teen drama mixed with power rangers. The final product is insulting, to say the least.

The creators of this horrible, horrible adaption should take a good long think about what they have done and why they should have just followed the source material instead of taken it for granted. Do they really think that the entire Dragonball fan-base is this stupid? Akira Toriyama probably has a noose around his neck right about now.

To finish this off: The acting is atrocious, the butt-rock scattered through the soundtrack will make you want to punch the guy running the theater in the face, and the story is basically the manga's, but cut up, put into a blender, stuffed into sausage skins, and stitched back together with an American flag tied around it.

If you want your Dragonball fix, just buy dvds of the show instead, skip the movie, and if you don't skip it, then at least don't pay for this thing. I heard that a sequel is already in the works, and we don't need a trilogy, that would be three of these movies too many.


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