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

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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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Monkey Boy (as Charles Chen Zi-Qiang)
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Tung-Chuen Cheng ...
San Peng ...
Zhong Yu Huang ...
Tu Chin ...
Yi-Juan Li ...
Ruan-Feng Su ...
Long-Sheng Jiang ...
Eveline Oranje ...
Ying Hung Chiu ...
Jen-Jen's father (as Yao Ying Hung)


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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November 1991 (Taiwan)  »

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


Turtle Man (Roshi) is being apparently being pulled by Magic Cloud (nimbus) across the water on a surfboard. The undertow and wake made by the boat pulling him are clearly visible in all of these shots. See more »


[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 »


Remake of Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986) See more »


Taiketsu no Toki
from Fight! Iczer-1 (1985)
Composed by Michiaki Watanabe
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Enjoyable for Dragonball Enthusiasts
22 February 2001 | by (Saskatoon, Canada) – See all my reviews

Live action take on the enormously popular Japanese cartoon series, Dragonball. Many of the original characters are present, including Gokou, Kame-sennin (Master Roshi), Yamu-cha, Bulma, and Oolong, although they are given different names. The story more or less follows the original introduction to the characters in the series (ie. meeting each other by chance while searching for the Dragon Balls/Pearls). Low budget (at least after spending so much on explosions), but enjoyable if you like cartoonish kung fu movies and Dragonball!

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