Dragonball: Evolution

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20th Century Fox Released 2009

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Director:
James Wong
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG

Dragonball: Evolution is an action film directed by James Wong based on the immensely popular anime and manga Dragon Ball that centers on the adventures of Son Goku (Justin Chatwin), a quiet but goofy eighteen-year-old martial artist. When he finds his home destroyed and his beloved Grandpa Gohan (Randall Duk Kim) on death’s door, he learns that someone or something is out there trying to gather all the Dragonballs, mystical energy balls numbered one through seven with the power to call upon a powerful dragon Shen Long. As he searches for these balls with the help of scientist and Capsule Corp-heir Bulma Briefs (Emmy Rossum), the lecherous martial arts master Muten Roshi (Chow Yun-fat), and desert bandit Yamcha (Joon Park), the team races against the demonic Namekian Piccolo (James Marsters) and his minion, shape-shifting Mai (Eriko Tamura). Goku has to learn how to harness his ki-bending abilities and learn the truth about what he exactly is in order to seal away the evil that is Piccolo before Earth is destroyed in the fight of all fights.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Nathan Lee

    May or may not appeal to fans of the Japanese fantasy franchise it is based on, but aficionados of apocalyptic teenybopper kung fu extravaganzas are in for a real treat.

  • 50

    Variety

    A popular Japanese manga series gets a pleasing if paint-by-numbers live-action makeover in Dragonball Evolution, which half-heartedly tries to keep the faith for its pubescent mal...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Director James Wong ("Final Destination") and writer Ben Ramsey are utterly blasé in their approach to the series' mythology and structure, cobbling together an 84-minute movie th...

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