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Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986)

Dragon Ball: Shenron no Densetsu (original title)
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Goku and his friends must stop King Gurumes from destroying the city for blood rubies and gathering the seven Dragon Balls.


Daisuke Nishio


Akira Toriyama (original work), Yoshifumi Yûki (screenplay construction) | 10 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Masako Nozawa ... Son Gokû (voice)
Hiromi Tsuru ... Buruma (voice)
Naoki Tatsuta ... Ûron (voice)
Naoko Watanabe ... Pûaru (voice)
Tôru Furuya ... Yamucha (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Kame Sen'nin (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Pasuta (voice)
Tomiko Suzuki ... Panji (voice)
Kenji Utsumi ... Shenlong (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Panji no chichi (voice)
Reiko Suzuki Reiko Suzuki ... Panji no haha (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Umigame (voice)
Ryôichi Tanaka Ryôichi Tanaka ... Untenshu (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi Michitaka Kobayashi ... Untenshu (voice)
Kôji Totani ... Heishi (voice)


The once benevolent King Gurumes has become greedy after discovering a large supply of blood rubies under his kingdom. His greed causes him to tear up his subjects' crops and homes in search of more, resulting in him being cursed and transformed into a monster. He now scours the earth looking for the seven dragon balls, which, once brought together, summon a mighty dragon that grants one wish - a wish which might ease his unending hunger. The king's henchmen find that it is not so easy to steal the dragon ball from Goku, who, once he discovers the plight of the kingdom, decides to free the land from the king's oppression. Written by page8701

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Tsukamou ze! Doragon Bôru!! Tenka muteki da! Jan-ken panchi ni Kamehamenha!!


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Did You Know?


This movie was originally released in Japan in December 1986 and all the advertising and promotional material was under the tile "Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru", but in fact the opening credits of the film itself featured "Dragon Ball: Doragon bôru - Shenron no densetsu". This official title was first used in product art in the Laser Disc release of 1987. See more »


Son Gokû: [after a low-flying plane passes over him] Whoa, that's a really big bird! And listen to it's tummy growl!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, there is a small scene with Son Gokû flying on Kinton, and a desert landscape turning into a beautiful lake. See more »

Alternate Versions

The released version of the Canadian dub from 1995 added a scene from the second episode of the series (Dragon Ball: The Emperor's Quest), hence why Bulma has two different voice actresses. See more »


Followed by Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection "F" (2015) See more »


Makafushigi Adobenchâ!
Lyrics by Yuriko Mori
Composed by Takeshi Ike
Arranged by Kôhei Tanaka
Performed by Hiroki Takahashi
(Columbia Records)
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A cute alternate start for the Dragon Ball story
1 August 2015 | by BulmaPunkRockerSee all my reviews

It's been a really long time since the first time I watched this movie. I was still on school, back in the mid 90s.

This alternate re-telling of the Dragon Ball first episodes kept the original spirit of the story, and seems more appropriate for younger audiences.

It is a classic I have on my old VHS collection, that I'm looking forward to replace with DVD-Blu Ray release. A must have for every Dragon Ball fan.

There's even a live action remake of this movie, made in Taiwan! Don't miss that one!

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Release Date:

9 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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