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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.

Director:

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 ... Butler
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Storyline

With his beloved grandfather, Gohan, on the verge of death after demon Lord Piccolo's botched attempt to find one of the legendary Dragon Balls, eighteen-year-old Son Goku embarks on a mission to find the wise martial arts master and innovator of the Kamehameha technique, Master Roshi. Now, to thwart megalomaniac Piccolo's plans for world domination, Son Goku, along with a handful of brave defenders, must gather all seven mystical Dragon Balls before the next solar eclipse. Who will prevail in the final confrontation and the battle for Earth's future? Written by Nick Riganas

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Master your destiny. 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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Trivia

Since Bulma and Yamcha develop a relationship, it was important for Emmy Rossum that she establish a good bond with Joon Park, so they spent a lot of time together getting to know each other; when Rossum learned Park was a musician, the two of them traded favorite songs between them to enjoy. Rossum learned two things--"Because everyone's taste in music is so personal, I've found music a very good way to get to know someone," and that Park loves classic rock. See more »

Goofs

When Goku pulls his grandfather out of the broken house his grandfather is covered in dust, during the next scene the grandfather doesn't have any dust on his jacket or face. 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

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Soundtracks

Worked UP!
Written and Performed by Brian Anthony
Courtesy of Sogni Records - 7 Entertainment, LLC
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Goki , Master Roshi and Bulma battle Lord Piccolo to gather seven Dragonballs
2 August 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The story starts with Goku (Justin Chatwin of War of the worlds), who sets out upon his grandfather Gohan's (Randall Kin) dying request to meet the Master Roshi (Chow Yun Fat of Crouching tiger , hidden dragon) and unite all seven Dragon Balls of which he has one . In order to avoid the villain Lord Piccolo (James Marsters of Buffy Slayer) from succeeding in his objective to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world. And Goku's seeks is to get the mystical Dragonballs before the Lord of evil does . But in the meantime, the super powerful Piccolo along with his hoodlum are preparing to destroy everything that lives , and only the valiant Goku helped by Bulma (Emmy Rossum of Phantom of opera) have the power to stop them . Meanwhile Goku falls in love with his school mate Chi Chi (Jamie Chung) .

Dragon Ball are basically numerous spectacular fight-scenes with a tiny bit of plot movement, full of repetitive dialogue and flashy blasts of light and energy, but that hasn't prevented kids and teenagers from eating them up . It contains cartoon violence and minor sexual innuendo than anime series . Occasionally features stunted and disjointed action, as well as the hilarious but quite conventional characters fitting partially to animated series . The abundant computer generator images , which labor mightily to reproduce the source materials in some impressive scenes and eye-popping look . These adventures can be good for novices and youngsters age 10 should drawn into the story but not for the established fans . James Wong adapts the rich myth of the Dragonball series that grew from a Manga into various popular animated series by means of hundreds episodes that are brought to life with this 20th Century Fox and Stephen Chow ( Kung Fu hustler )production . James Wong is a good writer(21 Jump Street , X-files) , producer (Black Christmas , The others , Milennium) and director (Final destination 1 y 3 , The one , and X files episodes) , but his filmmaking in Dragon Ball is ridiculous and embarrassment . Rating : Below average .


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USA | Mexico | Japan | Hong Kong | UK

Language:

English | Japanese | Hindi

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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