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Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
"Dragonball Evolution" (original title)

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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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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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Master your destiny. See more »


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

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Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£436,224 (UK) (10 April 2009)

Gross:

$9,353,573 (USA) (29 May 2009)
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Trivia

Justin Chatwick's portrayal of 'Son Goku' is so different to the original source material, being a frustrated, sex-obsessed, annoying, self-centred teenager, when compared to the selfless, carefree and honourable attitude of the original character, that it actually caused Japanese police to ban the film from being viewed, for fears that it may increase suicide rates in the country. See more »

Goofs

Despite the film building to a climax during a total solar eclipse, which requires a New Moon, the film constantly shows a Full Moon, which never changes phase over the weeks the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

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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

SPOILER: There is a scene in the closing credits: Piccolo is revealed to have survived, and is in the care of the woman he spared in his first scene. See more »

Connections

References Johnny Tsunami (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Music by Miki Watanabe
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
Arranged by Hal
Produced by Max Matsuura
Courtesy of Avex Entertainment Inc.
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A beyond Sub-par interpretation of Dragon Ball onto the big screens.
24 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a total butchering of what I had held great hopes of seeing. The movies attempts to follow the dragon ball story line, meanwhile adding a "modern" spin on it (ie. chi chi's castle, and Master Roshi lives in a regular semi whats up with that?). What the viewers want to see is a storyline that follows the cartoon series without any changes, and additions. Overall, the plot is weak, the characters do not look like the cartoons (ie. Yamcha, Master Roshi), the 2D cartoon series had better special effects than the movie (and the series had NO special effects, thats how terrible it was). I created an IMDb account JUST to comment on how they butchered Dragonball for me and I hope that Hollywood is smarter next time as to when they bring such a strong fan based series onto the big screens or they will only infuriate more of the audience.


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