|James Wong Director||previously directed Final Destination 3|
The Death of Grandpa Gohan leads Goku on a quest to find all of the seven Dragonballs before Lord Piccolo uses them to take over Planet Earth.
James Kyson-Lee auditioned for the role for Yamcha.25 More Trivia
An advertisement for Dragonball Evolution called it "the kids Matrix".3 More Movie References
|Justin Chatwin||Goku Son|
|Chow Yun-Fat||Master Roshi|
|Emmy Rossum||Bulma Briefs|
|James Marsters||Lord Piccolo|
|Randall Duk Kim||Grandpa Gohan|
|Ernie Hudson||Sifu Norris|
|Texas Battle||Carey Fuller|
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Dragonball: Evolution’s plot revolves around an 18-year old Goku on his quest to find the seven Dragonballs and vanquish evil before they fall into the clutches of the Namekian Piccolo. Along the way Goku runs into several characters familiar to the series, namely Roshi (Chow Yun Fat), Chi Chi, Bulma (Emmy Rossum) and Yamcha. The film also focuses on the rise of Goku, as he trains to harness his Kai with his Grandfather and later with Roshi, as he learns his trademark move the Kamehameha Wave, the beginning of his relationship with Chi Chi and his never ending quest to claim all seven of the Dragonballs.
Evolution serves more as an updated take on the events that transpire in the Dragonball Manga, while it follows some of the basic character relationships and story arch, it modernizes and updates the story and takes it in its own direction to try and make their own story while still remaining true to some of the Manga to please the fans.
In transitioning from anime/manga to live-action film, most often a number of things are changed to try and make it a unique story line and Dragonball: Evolution is no different. Some of the differences will be fairly obvious to fans of the original Manga, while some are a little harder to catch but the main ones are as follows:
Since its release, Dragonball: Evolution has received overwhelmingly negative reviews and has been largely shunned by both critics and fans alike. A vast amount of criticism came about around the fact that the character Goku was played by a Caucasian, and several reviewers claimed this film to have lazy performances from the actors and an overall mood that drifted too far away from the original series. Where Goku was curious and fun-loving, he was now a teenager with no friends, and the epic battles between Goku and King Piccolo were replaced with short almost one-sided fights.
However, despite their negative comments, there have been several positive reviews applauding the film’s fight choreography, use of stunning and intense visuals and claiming it as a fun ride of a film.
|US Release||April 10, 2009|
|UK Release||April 8, 2009|
|AUS Release||May 9, 2010|
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