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Dragonball Evolution (2009)

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The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power.

Director:

James Wong

Writers:

Ben Ramsey (screenplay), Akira Toriyama (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Chatwin ... Goku
Yun-Fat Chow ... Roshi
Emmy Rossum ... Bulma
Jamie Chung ... Chi Chi
James Marsters ... Lord Piccolo
Joon Park Joon Park ... Yamcha
Eriko Tamura ... Mai (as Eriko)
Randall Duk Kim ... Gohan
Ernie Hudson ... Sifu Norris
Texas Battle ... Carey Fuller
Megumi Seki ... Seki
Ian Whyte ... Oozaru
Richard Blake ... Agundes
Jon Valera ... Moreno
Rafael Valdez Rafael Valdez ... Butler
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Storyline

The story begins with Goku, who seeks out upon his adoptive grandfather Grandpa Gohan's dying request to find the great Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls. Of which he has one, in order to prevent the evil Lord Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world. And Goku's quest is to obtain the mystical Dragonballs before Piccolo does. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Master your destiny. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense sequences of action/violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Hong Kong | UK

Language:

English | Japanese | Hindi

Release Date:

10 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon Ball See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,756,488, 10 April 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,353,573, 29 May 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,497,699
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Goku is seen in a poster wearing a sweatshirt with Japanese characters on them. These characters (actually the same one repeated over and over) are the Japanese character "kame," which means "turtle." This was the symbol any student of Master Roshi (who is also known as the Turtle Hermit) would wear. See more »

Goofs

When Chi-Chi meets up with Goku in the temple, she does not have the scratch on her arm. See more »

Quotes

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Grandpa Gohan: In a time before many can remember, our planet faced its greatest challenge. A warlord named Piccolo camed from beyond the stars, bringing darkness and chaos to our once peaceful world. Aided by his disciple Oozaru, the evil pair brought the human race to the brink of annihilation. Cities and countries crumbled beneath them. Countless lives were lost. But... finally, a group of brave warriors created the Mu Fu Ba, a powerful enchantment that imprisoned Piccolo deep within the Earth...
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Worked UP!
Written and Performed by Brian Anthony
Courtesy of Sogni Records - 7 Entertainment, LLC
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Goki , Master Roshi and Bulma battle Lord Piccolo to gather seven Dragonballs
2 August 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The story starts with Goku (Justin Chatwin of War of the worlds), who sets out upon his grandfather Gohan's (Randall Kin) dying request to meet the Master Roshi (Chow Yun Fat of Crouching tiger , hidden dragon) and unite all seven Dragon Balls of which he has one . In order to avoid the villain Lord Piccolo (James Marsters of Buffy Slayer) from succeeding in his objective to use the Dragon Balls to take over the world. And Goku's seeks is to get the mystical Dragonballs before the Lord of evil does . But in the meantime, the super powerful Piccolo along with his hoodlum are preparing to destroy everything that lives , and only the valiant Goku helped by Bulma (Emmy Rossum of Phantom of opera) have the power to stop them . Meanwhile Goku falls in love with his school mate Chi Chi (Jamie Chung) .

Dragon Ball are basically numerous spectacular fight-scenes with a tiny bit of plot movement, full of repetitive dialogue and flashy blasts of light and energy, but that hasn't prevented kids and teenagers from eating them up . It contains cartoon violence and minor sexual innuendo than anime series . Occasionally features stunted and disjointed action, as well as the hilarious but quite conventional characters fitting partially to animated series . The abundant computer generator images , which labor mightily to reproduce the source materials in some impressive scenes and eye-popping look . These adventures can be good for novices and youngsters age 10 should drawn into the story but not for the established fans . James Wong adapts the rich myth of the Dragonball series that grew from a Manga into various popular animated series by means of hundreds episodes that are brought to life with this 20th Century Fox and Stephen Chow ( Kung Fu hustler )production . James Wong is a good writer(21 Jump Street , X-files) , producer (Black Christmas , The others , Milennium) and director (Final destination 1 y 3 , The one , and X files episodes) , but his filmmaking in Dragon Ball is ridiculous and embarrassment . Rating : Below average .


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