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Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (1991)

Xin qi long zhu (original title)
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:

Chun-Liang Chen

Writer:

Ching Kang Yao (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chi-Chiang Chen ... Monkey Boy (as Charles Chen Zi-Qiang)
Jeannie Hsieh ... Seetou
Tung-Chuan Cheng Tung-Chuan Cheng ... Westwood (as Tung-Chuen Cheng)
San Peng ... Piggy
Chung-Yu Huang Chung-Yu Huang ... Turtle Man
Tu Chin ... Sparkle
Yi-Juan Li Yi-Juan Li ... Jen Jen
Ruan-Feng Su Ruan-Feng Su ... King Horn
Long-Sheng Jiang Long-Sheng Jiang ... Zebrata
Eveline Oranje Eveline Oranje ... Malilia
Ying Hung Chiu Ying Hung Chiu ... Jen-Jen's father (as Yao Ying Hung)
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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>

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The ultimate battle for the universe!

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Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

November 1991 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon Pearl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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 »

Alternate Versions

In the Ultimate Edition version, a majority of the special effects have been redesigned by placing CGI over them. While the opening and close credits were both extended and redone with CGI. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Taiketsu no Toki
from Tatakae! Iczer-1 (1985)
Composed by Michiaki Watanabe
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Oh My God
24 November 2007 | by nemesis47-1See all my reviews

Just an hour ago I finished watching this my friend. As a fans of Dragonball we think that this movie is so bad that is good. We will say one thing : without a six pack beers there is now way you can survive through this movie. This movie should be watched with a many Dragonball fans to laugh their ass off. The best character in the movie is the lord Horn, his makeup, his laugh, and behavior creates the unforgettable experience. What we liked in this movie, was the fact that the island of Turtle Man was the same as in cartoon version. We believe that the only character similar to the one in the cartoon is the Turtle Man. He is also a sex maniac and kind of idiot too.


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