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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)
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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 »


Vegeta is on a far away world in the special when Planet Vegeta is destroyed, while in the series flashbacks, he was in the bowels of Frieza's ship. 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 »


Into the Abyss
Performed and written by Dale Kelly (as Dale D. Kelly)
(Heard in the English version)
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The best of the first 5
13 March 2020 | by antmo007See all my reviews

One of the best Dragon Ball Z movies. Most like canon though it is not. Interesting story about Goku's father, full of interesting plot twists. It describes how it all began. The first four movies (Z series) I didn't like, but this one is great and I recommend it to everyone. Definitely the best of the first 5 DBZ movies.

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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