Dragonball (2009)

Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Emmy Rossum, Eriko Tamura, Joon Park, Chow Yun-Fat, Texas Battle, Ernie Hudson
Director: James Wong

U.S. Opening Date: April 10th, 2009


Dragonball is adapted from the manga created by Akira Toriyama; the work was also turned into a Japanese anime series that played all over the world. It tells the story of an alien sent to destroy Earth, who has a change of heart and decides to join the humans in their fight against various aliens and bad guys. Justin Chatwin is starring as the hero Goku, while James Marsters will play the villain Piccolo in the sci-fi adventure.


A live-action movie version of the Dragonball Z TV series/comic book? Either it's a case of too late or short-term nostalgia for an accelerated culture. After all, the Dragonball Z fad was at its height in 1999-2003 and it now seems kinda late to cash in on it. Whatever.  Anyway, die-hard fans apparently aren't too keen on a live-action Hollywood version and non-fans probably wouldn't be bothered. From what we've seen thus far it all looks wondrously cheesy by the way.



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