Dragonball: Evolution

April 10th, 2009


Dragonball: Evolution

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Still of James Wong in Dragonball: EvolutionStill of Yun-Fat Chow in Dragonball: EvolutionStill of Justin Chatwin in Dragonball: EvolutionStill of Emmy Rossum in Dragonball: EvolutionStill of Justin Chatwin in Dragonball: EvolutionStill of James Marsters in Dragonball: Evolution

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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 3.1/10 (30,497 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: James Wong

Stars: Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Yun-Fat Chow

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.

Writers: Ben Ramsey, Akira Toriyama

Justin Chatwin - Goku
Yun-Fat Chow - Master Roshi
Emmy Rossum - Bulma
Jamie Chung - Chi Chi
James Marsters - Lord Piccolo
Joon Park - Yamcha
Eriko Tamura - Mai
Randall Duk Kim - Grandpa Gohan
Ernie Hudson - Sifu Norris
Texas Battle - Carey Fuller
Megumi Seki - Seki
Ian Whyte - Oozaru
Richard Blake - Agundes
Jon Valera - Moreno
Rafael Valdez - Butler

Taglines: This Easter the legend comes to life.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 10 April 2009

Filming Locations: 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,756,488 (USA) (12 April 2009) (2181 Screens)

Gross: $57,497,699 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (uncut version)

Did You Know?

In one scene, Master Roshi wears shades. In the anime, Roshi always wore shades.

Continuity: During the martial arts tournament, Chi Chi receives a cut to her lower right arm. In the temple when she fights the copy of herself, you see it again. But at the end of the film when Goku goes to see her, there is no sign of a cut or even a scar. This is strange due to there not very long between these events.

[first lines]
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...

User Review

The perfect movie for anyone who hates Dragonball Z

Rating: 2/10

Watching DBE i can immediately tell the directors and everyone else involved have not watched more than a few episodes of the entire Dragonball series. The characters are only similar in name and the story feels like they chewed it up and spit it out and whatever stuck to the storyboard they went with. I wont ruin the story but its nothing like the anime, as i said before the characters are only similar to the anime by name. It almost seems like they wanted to make this movie as bad and as far away from the original story as they could. The only time an actor or actress acts like their anime counterpart is when they are first introduced speaking mainly about Master Roshi and Yamcha.

For one of the most action packed animes around they sure did the opposite with the movie. I can count the number of fight scenes with one hand and count how long they lasted with two hands. Its pretty pathetic when the first fight scene with Goku and the "bullies" is the best and he never threw even threw a punch. The big screen debut of the Kamehameha is sad and pathetic and all the Ki blasts look like different color fire balls. They don't look pure energy (like they are in the anime) but just like slow motion fire.

I could go on for hours about what they did wrong. If you have never seen the anime series don't watch the movie. The story is probably too confusing for anyone who doesn't know the entire back-story of the anime. The movie only gives you the who and the what but no why. In fact i think why sums up the entire movie. Why did they do this and why did they do that is all i was thinking during the entire movie. At the end of the movie all i could do was ask "Why did they make this movie and who did they make this movie for?" This is not a movie for the fans or anyone who has never seen the anime. It feels like they made this movie for the people who hate the anime.

As a fan of the series I will award this no points and may god have mercy on their souls.


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