MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,038 this week

Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (1991)
"Xin qi long zhu" (original title)

 -  Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi  -  1991 (Taiwan)
4.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.2/10 from 821 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 8 critic

An evil alien searches the Earth for seven "Dragon Pearls" which can grant him ultimate power. A gang of misfit adventurers band together to stop him.

Director:

Writers:

(character), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 14 titles
created 25 Apr 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 13 May 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 23 May 2011
 
a list of 2003 titles
created 06 Feb 2013
 
a list of 71 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (1991)

Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (1991) on IMDb 4.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A prequel to the original Dragonball series, this TV movie tells the story of Son Goku's father Bardock and his futile attempt to stop Freeza from destroying his planet Vegeta. It also ... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Stars: Sonny Strait, Linda Young, Christopher Sabat
Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

This is a continuation of Dragon Ball Z, combining the comedy of Dragon Ball and Action of Dragon Ball Z.

Stars: Stephanie Nadolny, Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler
Dragon Ball (TV Series 1986)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. ... See full summary »

Stars: Victor Atelevich, Andrea Kwan, Brice Armstrong
Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat
Dragon Ball Z (1989–1996)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Mayumi Tanaka
Dragon Ball Z Kai (TV Series 2009)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The February of 2009, Toei Animation announces that as honor to 20 years of Dragon Ball Z will begin the production of a renewed DragonBall Z, named DragonBall Kai. This new anime ... See full summary »

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Mayumi Tanaka
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The evil Dr. Kochin uses the dragon balls to resurrect his mentor, Dr. Wheelo, in an effort to take over the world. Dr. Wheelo, his body having been destroyed by the avalanche that killed ... See full summary »

Directors: Chad Bowers, Daisuke Nishio
Stars: Peter Kelamis, Sean Schemmel, Saffron Henderson
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When a worker at King Yemma's spiritual check-in station is accidentally covered in spiritual waste, he is transformed into a powerful monster named Janempa, who destroys the barrier ... See full summary »

Director: Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Takeshi Kusao
Dragon Ball Z: Abridged (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Stars: Nick Landis, Lawrence Simpson, Scott Frerichs
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Goku and his family and friends encounter Vegeta's brother, and a threat from Vegeta's past shows up up and causes trouble.

Director: Yoshihiro Ueda
Stars: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Tôru Furuya
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When an asteroid nearly destroys Planet Earth, a space ship emerges from the asteroid and lands on Earth. The new terror is Lord Slug, a nomadic alien who plans to destroy all life on Earth... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat
Animation | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Bardock, Goku's father, was supposed to have died when Freezer's attack hit him along with Planet Vegeta. Instead, he was thrown back in time, to an age where the planet was still inhabited... See full summary »

Directors: Yoshihiro Ueda, Tadayoshi Yamamuro
Stars: Masashi Ebara, Keiji Hirai, Sayaka Hirao
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Chi-chiang Chen ...
Monkey Boy (as Charles Chen Zi-Qiang)
Jeannie Tse ...
Tung-Chuen Cheng ...
San Peng ...
Zhong Yu Huang ...
Kam Tao ...
Yi-Juan Li ...
Ruan-Feng Su ...
Long-Sheng Jiang ...
Eveline Oranje ...
Ying Hung Chiu ...
Jen-Jen's father (as Yao Ying Hung)
Edit

Storyline

This live-action version of the popular Japanese animated series Dragon Ball. A villainous king known as Emperor Horn has stolen the mystical power of the "Dragon Pearls" in an attempt to possess them all and rule the world! When all but one of the pearls has been stolen, the former rag-tag group of guardian heroes (led by Goku) of the mysterious magic jewels decides to band together and take some big action! Led by a pig-headed wizard and a half-turtle martial arts master, the team first takes on King Horn's army in a desperate bid to stop him from gaining control of the Dragon Pearls. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

manga | based on comic | remake | See All (3) »

Taglines:

The ultimate battle for the universe!

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1991 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Dragon Pearl  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was mostly shot in the forests of Nantou County, Taiwan, with some scenes also shot in Thailand. See more »

Goofs

In nearly in every fight scene, a wire is visible., most notably when Monkey Boy is flying through the Forest, the camera follows him from afar, but that white wire is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a village meeting starts]
Monk: This Dragon Pearl is a treasure in our village. It has been with us for over one hundred years now. It was watched over us, and brought us peace and prosperity. And right now, I am going to hand it over to our new village chief!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The Ultimate Edition version's end credits feature a shot of CGI animation of Monkey Boy fighting against Westwood. See more »

Connections

Version of Dragon Ball Z (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Taiketsu no Toki
from Fight! Iczer-1 (1985)
Composed by Michiaki Watanabe
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wacky fantasy action movie
10 April 2005 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Live action movie based on Akira Toriyama's well-known Dragon Ball manga and anime.

While it's overall appreciation by many doesn't seem anything to write home about, I would like to note that, while some changes were obviously made, it is actually very close to the spirit of the original Dragon Ball manga as well as the original TV series, which itself often got quite silly indeed.

Sure, things got a bit more serious in the DBZ follow-up series, but most of the film's main characters are close to their manga origins, and some of the events in the film are close to the original as well.

That said, this film will probably never win any movie awards, but it is a lot of fun, and a curiosity for all the Dragon Ball fans out there.


7 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
So there are three versions of Dragonball live action films? sammytsang19861605
i just dont get this... g_1
Seriously? ephyon-x
I Must Get the Dragon Pearls! casperdelrio123
Goku looked like a girl. agentdc7
SOO much better than Evolution soezr
Discuss Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?