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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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This Easter the legend comes to life. 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, 12 April 2009

Gross USA:

$9,362,785

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,720,772
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While filming a fight between Son Goku and Mai, Eriko Tamura accidentally injured Justin Chatwin by striking his face a little harder than intended. She apologized over and over, but eventually, they both laughed it off and went on filming. Chatwin claims that this incident enabled the fight to be very powerful and intense, which fit the tone of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Goku finds his dying grandpa under the rubble of their destroyed home, he tells him that Lord Piccolo has returned for the 7 Dragonballs. When Bulma arrives at his destroyed home searching for the Dragonballs, he asks if she's Piccolo, despite grandpa Gohan clearly referring to him by male pronouns. 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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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Baby Geniuses 2: Part 1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Music by Miki Watanabe
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
Arranged by Hal
Produced by Max Matsuura
Courtesy of Avex Entertainment Inc.
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User Reviews

 
This movie had potential . The Director never had any.
19 March 2009 | by xploratioSee all my reviews

I saw the movie with not too much expectations.. I am one of the skeptics but for a moment there i kept a certain positivism toward the movie.

The movie Is an embarrassment to the manga , the anime , the fans and above all to Akira Toriyama. When I think that the budget for that movie was of 100 Million ..i'm confused of the result.

Special effects are OK they're not AMAZING they're just OK .. Acting seems out of place at so many parts ..

Parts that are supposed to be taken out are not. you can not deny how bad the script was .. I mean Potentially Changing the original story that much i was OK with it because DB-Franchise is very airy so you can revamp characters and situations. However The way the story was presented SUCKED BIG TIME ..Its Amazing Cheeziness for 2009 .. But then again thats James Wong for you .

I'm not really against the actors and their fitting ..they could've fit if there was a better directing .

WE DO NOT WANT PART II TO BE RUINED BY WONG !! MICHAEL BAY/BRYAN SINGER ALL THE WAY!!!!!!


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