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Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1990)

Dragon Ball Z: Kono Yo de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 26 May 1998 (USA)
The Z-Fighters must stop a mad scientist out to take over the world.


Daisuke Nishio


Akira Toriyama (original manga "Dragon Ball"), Takao Koyama (screenplay)





Cast overview:
Masako Nozawa ... Son Gokû / Son Gohan (voice)
Toshio Furukawa ... Pikkoro (voice)
Mayumi Tanaka ... Kuririn (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Buruma (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Kame-sen'nin (voice)
Mayumi Shô ... Chichi (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ... Ûron (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ... Shenron (voice)
Kôji Yada Kôji Yada ... Dr. Kochin (voice)
Yukimasa Kishino Yukimasa Kishino ... Kishîme (voice)
Ken Yamaguchi Ken Yamaguchi ... Ebifuryâ (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Misokattsun / Umigame (voice)
Kôji Nakata Kôji Nakata ... Dr. Uirô (voice)
Jôji Yanami ... Narrator (voice)


The evil Dr. Kochin uses the dragon balls to resurrect his mentor, Dr. Wheelo, in an effort to take over the world. Dr. Wheelo, his body having been destroyed by the avalanche that killed him fifty years before, desires the body of the strongest fighter in the world as his new vessel. Believing Roshi to be the world's strongest warrior, Dr. Kochin abducts Bulma and forces Roshi to surrender himself to save her. When Goku hears of their abduction, he goes to their rescue. Written by page8701

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Deep in the ice is earth's greatest threat that can only be stopped by one man.


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Did You Know?


The villains are named after food from Nagoya, "Dragon Ball" creator Akira Toriyama's hometown:
  • Dr. Uiro (Dr. Wheelo in the English dub) was named after "uiro", a traditional rice cake.
  • Dr. Kochin was named after the Cochin chicken, a meat especially popular in Nagoya.
  • Kishime was named after kishimen, a type of noodles popular in Nagoya.
  • Ebifurya was named after ebi-furai (fried prawn).
  • Misokatsun was named after misokatsu (pork cutlets with miso sauce).
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At the end of the fight with Dr. Wheelo, the Z-Fighters are apparently breathing in space, which is impossible. See more »


Goku (AB Groupe dub): Gohan, back away! He doesn't know who you are, he was changed!
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Alternate Versions

The old TV version that was once aired on Cartoon Network (based on the Ocean English dub) was edited for profanity and sexual humor but not for violence. See more »


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Ikusa (I·KU·SA)
(The Battle)
Lyrics by Dai Satô
Music by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kenji Yamamoto
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama
(Columbia Record)
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I'm Impressed!
20 August 2012 | by tequila101See all my reviews

After watching Dead Zone and claiming that it was the only thing I loved about DBZ, I'd say it's that this next film which came out straight after it is good.

I think the voices are contrasted well between conversations, fight scenes and introduction.

I think the music is generally great and I like the snowy atmosphere. Definitely different to other DBZ settings, mainly contrasting Dead Zone.

The only problem I really had was this film did drag on at a few points which kept me waiting for something. In my opinion, its definitely not as amazing as Dead Zone.

I still like it and it has intrigued me to watch the other 13 or so films they have made in the on-going series! 8/10

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Release Date:

26 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon Ball Z: The Movie - The World's Strongest See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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