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

 -  Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi  -  1991 (Taiwan)
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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.

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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)
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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>

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manga | based on comic | remake

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The ultimate battle for the universe!

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Trivia

Since the rights to adapt "Dragon Ball" had not been acquired, some changes (mostly in name) had to be made:
  • Son Goku was renamed the Monkey Boy;


  • Grandpa Gohan was renamed Sparkle;


  • Bulma was renamed Seetou;


  • Oolong was renamed Piggy;


  • Yamcha was renamed Westwood;


  • Yamcha's companion Puar was replaced with a cockatoo;


  • Master Roshi was titled simply the Turtle Man;


  • Penny was renamed Jen Jen;


  • King Gourmeth was renamed King Horn, and his henchmen Bongo and Raven were renamed Zebrata and Malilia.


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Goofs

During one of the final shots, Lord Horn loses his power over the huge group of people. Everyone is supposed to fall, but there is a whole group of people still standing, looking quite confused. 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!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Version of Dragon Ball Z (1989) See more »

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


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