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Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku (1990)

Dragon Ball Z Special: Tatta Hitori no Saishû Kessen ~Freeza ni Idonda Z Senshi Son Gokû no Chichi~ (original title)
The tale of Bardock, the father of Goku, and his rebellion against his master the mighty Frieza.


Akira Toriyama (manga "Dragon Ball"), Takao Koyama (scenario) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Masako Nozawa ... Bardock / Son Gokû (Kakarotto) (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Tôma (voice)
Yûko Mita Yûko Mita ... Seripa (voice)
Takeshi Watabe Takeshi Watabe ... Panbûkin (voice)
Kôzô Shioya Kôzô Shioya ... Toteppo / Dokutâ (voice)
Ryûsei Nakao ... Freeza (voice)
Show Hayami Show Hayami ... Zarbon (voice)
Yukitoshi Hori Yukitoshi Hori ... Dodoria (voice)
Banjô Ginga Banjô Ginga ... Tôro (voice)
Kinpei Azusa Kinpei Azusa ... Grandfather Son Gohan (voice)
Ryô Horikawa ... Vegeta (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Nappa (voice)
Hirohiko Kakegawa Hirohiko Kakegawa ... Saiya-jin A (voice)
Yûji Machi Yûji Machi ... Saiya-jin B (voice)
Chie Satô Chie Satô ... Saiya-jin C (voice)


A prequel to the original Dragonball series, this TV movie tells the story of Son Goku's father Bardock and his futile attempt to stop Freeza from destroying his planet Vegeta. It also shows how little Kakarotto (Son Goku) ends up on earth! Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


There was a 2014 manga comic "Dragon Ball Minus", that further explained the events in this feature. It features Goku's mother Gine (named after "negi", the Japanese term for "spring onion") and has her and Bardock dispatch Goku into space before Frieza destroys their world. See more »


After biting Grandpa Gohan, baby Goku starts acting happy. According to the series, though, Goku didn't start behaving as a baby until he fell off a cliff on his head. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Planet Vegeta. Many years ago, a small child was born. Uninherited and unattended by it's father and mother, the baby cried out, making it's only plea to the universe. The Saiyans were people of war, and like all Saiyan babies, the child was destined to fight!
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Alternate Versions

For the Toonami broadcast, all nudity and blood is either censored or cut. See more »


Spin-off Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (2011) See more »


A Bigger Mood
Performed and written by American Hi-Fi
Published by BMG Music
(Heard in the English version)
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Great DBZ special
20 August 2003 | by dgallowaySee all my reviews

Normally, Dragonball Z movies have weak plots, horrible dubbing, censorship up the wazoo, and pretty useless fighting. However, this one is an excellent example of what the movies SHOULD have been like.

Bardock is a saiyan who, like everyone else on his home planet Vegeta, works for Freeza. One day, his team of low-level soldiers take out a planet that was giving even Freeza's highest elite teams a run for their money. However, the last survivor curses Bardock by giving him the power to see the future.

Bardock begins to dream about Goku's future back on Vegeta, while the rest of his team is sent to another planet on Freeza's orders. Bardock dreams that Goku will become a great warrior, but thinks nothing of it. However, as the plot unfolds, and he learns what Freeza is planning, he realizes that Goku will be the only hope for the universe someday.

The stuff I can't give away is what really makes the plot so wonderful. There are only a few fights, but that's to be expected; the plot is the main focus here. However, two fights do stand out: a little Vegeta destroys a bunch of Saibamen, and Bardock's final confrontation with Freeza. Overall, I recommend that any moderate to hardcore DBZ fan get this movie sometime. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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Release Date:

9 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$288,095, 4 November 2018

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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