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Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (1989)

Doragon bôru Z (original title)
In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue ... See full summary »


Daisuke Nishio


Akira Toriyama (original manga), Takao Koyama (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Masako Nozawa ... Son Gokû / Son Gohan (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Piccolo (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Bulma (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Kuririn (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Gyû-maô (voice)
Mayumi Shô ... Chichi (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Kame-sen'nin (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Kami-sama (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ... Shenron (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Garlic Jr. (voice)
Kôji Totani ... Ginger (voice)
Yukitoshi Hori Yukitoshi Hori ... Sansho (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Nicky (voice)
Jôji Yanami ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Ann Beley ... Chi-Chi (voice)


In order to wish for immortality and avenge his father, Garlic Jr. collects the dragon balls, kidnapping Goku's son Gohan in the process. Goku, Kami, Piccolo, and Krillin unite to rescue Gohan and save the world from being sucked into a dead zone. Written by page8701

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Released on DVD in America twice. The initial release was dubbed by Pioneer with the Ocean Group, and was a very accurate dub. It was later reissued with a new, less-accurate dub by FUNimations in-house voice actors. While this version had a less accurate dub and fewer bonus features, it did feature a superior Japanese subtitled version, translated by Steven J. Simmons. See more »


Piccolo: You are just a coward! You and the other two won't take me by surprise this time.
[Picollo defeats one of Garlic Jr's henchmen]
Piccolo: You were so easy to beat one on one.
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Crazy Credits

The original Pioneer English dub has a 1998 copyright date in the credits, despite being released (and recorded) in 1997. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Cartoon Network version cuts out the begining where Piccolo is injured by the fighters. It also cuts Chi-Chi saying "What the hell do you want?" Also cut is the scene when Gohan is drunk and urinates on Krillin's head. The credit sequence includes new music. See more »


Followed by Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge (1991) See more »


Detekoi tobikiri ZENKAI pawâ
(Ending theme)
Lyrics by Toshihisa Arakawa
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kenji Yamamoto
Performed by MANNA
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User Reviews

Pretty damn cool!
27 July 2004 | by MARVELMANIAC69See all my reviews

I watched this feature length anime less than two hours ago and I must say I was impressed. I like "Dragonball Z" the series but I never really get round to watching it much (unlike my younger brother who is a huge fan), I found with this film even if you are not a fan of the show you may enjoy this, as its easy to follow.

I must say I expected this movie to ponder on but I was wrong as it was only on for 45 minutes so it is very short and sweet and I thought that this was a spot on running time for this film.

This film I think is suitable for people of all ages as children enjoy watching the show and older people also really enjoy to see the great action sequences.

Adams Rating - 8/10

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Release Date:

15 July 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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