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dragon ball evolution

October 30, 2021 3 min read

dragon ball evolution

Dragon Ball Evolution🐉 is a film adaptation based on the characters of the Dragon Ball manga conceived by Akira Toriyama. The film is distributed by 20th Century Fox and had its world premiere in Japan🇯🇵 and Hong Kong on March 13, 2009. The German premiere was most recently delayed further into 2009, with the current announcement giving a release date of June 11, 2009.


2000 years ago seven magicians succeed in sealing the chief devil😈 Piccolo with the Mafuba and banish evil from the earth, but now the devil is freed again.

In the present lives Goku, who is instructed by his grandfather Gohan in the ancient martial arts and receives from him for his birthday the Dragon Ball with the four stars as a gift. As a student, he does not have it easy, because he is always teased by his classmates. But he has to hide his powers from the others and so is always stuck back.

When he finally one day by his crush Chi Chi, who goes to the same school, is invited to a party. That same evening, Gohan is attacked by Piccolo's sidekick Mai, who has gone with her master to find the Dragon🐉 Balls. The two wound Gohan severely and then disappear again, but without the Dragon Ball that Goku took to the party earlier. There, Goku senses that something is wrong with his grandfather and rushes back home, where he learns from Gohan that Piccolo has returned and that his grandson should contact his old friend Roshi, who would know what to do.

dragon ball evolution
The following day, Goku buries his grandfather and finds Gohan's orange battle suit in the ruins of his home, when suddenly Bulma appears, also looking for the Dragon Balls. After the two fight due to a misunderstanding, the two decide to search for Roshi and the Dragon🐉 Balls together to stop Piccolo.

They eventually find the aging martial artist on a remote island in his home and are able to convince him to join them. Together, they set out for an old fighting school that has been well attended since Roshi's last visit. This is how Goku meets Chi Chi again, who is training here for the upcoming big martial arts tournament. Continuing their search for the Dragon🐉 Balls, Goku, Roshi and Bulma meet the bandit Yamcha, who also accompanies them.

When Piccolo's sidekick Mai tries to steal the collected Dragon Balls, the group ends up attacking the villain directly to prevent him from using the Dragon Balls to fulfill his desire to destroy the world. However, due to a solar eclipse, Goku, who according to Piccolo is not from Earth🌎, transforms into an Oozaro, a wildly flailing beast that can be controlled by Piccolo and kills the Roshi. However, because of this act, Goku manages to get himself back under control and transform back. In the final fight, Goku beats his adversary and defeats him with a Kame-Hame-Ha that Roshi had previously taught him.

Finally, the friends summon the sacred dragon Shenlong and have him revive Roshi. Goku and Chi Chi find each other and train together in the arena of the martial arts tournament. However, the sinister Piccolo has survived the confrontation, unlike what the friends believed, and is nursed seriously wounded by a woman.


  • Justin Chatwin as Goku
  • James Marsters as Piccolo
  • Jamie Chung as Chi Chi
  • Emmy Rossum as Bulma
  • Joon Park as Yamcha
  • Eriko Tamura as Mai
  • Randall Duk Kim as Gohan
  • Texas Battle as Carey Fuller
  • Ernie Hudson as Mutaito
  • Chow Yun-Fat as Roshi


Akira Toriyama saw an advance screening of the film and commented on it, suggesting fans of the manga should view the film's plot as a kind of parallel universe🌎.

dragon ball evolution
Russell Edwards of Variety judged:

"A popular Japanese🇯🇵 manga series gets a pleasing if paint-by-numbers live-action makeover in "Dragon Ball Evolution," which half-heartedly tries to keep the faith for its pubescent male fanbase. [...] Aiming to tap into a ready-made market, this passable Fox release should do solid biz with established fans of all ages and nationalities. Potential appeal to the unacquainted, however, is minimal." -- Variety.com


  1. ^ 実写『ドラゴンボール』最新映像到着!鳥山明が異例のコメント!? -コメント ORICON STYLE 動画 (As of February 6, 2009, page accessed March 22, 2009, Japanese)
  2. ^ Akira Toriyama Comments on Live-Action Dragon Ball Movie (Issued by Anime News Network on February 8, 2009, page accessed March 22, 2009, English)
  3. ^ Dragon Ball Evolution Review - Read Variety's Analysis Of The Movie Dragon Ball Evolution by Russel Edwards (posted March 25, 2009, page accessed April 3, 2009)

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