Chow time for Dragon Ball movie

Turning any popular animated property into a live-action film is always a risky venture, but when the fan base is as fanatical as Dragon Ball's is, the film better have some sort of legitimacy.

The movie was officially announced in mid-November, but the names Justin Chatwin (who will play the main character Goku) and James Wong (director, Final Destination) didn't exactly impress.

Now it appears that Dragon Ball may have finally landed that big name it so desperately needed. Chow Yun-Fat has signed on to play Goku's mentor Master Roshi, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The prolific Chinese actor has been a Hong Kong action star for decades as John Woo's go-to guy, starring in acclaimed films such as The Killer and the A Better Tomorrow trilogy. His American break came in 2000 with a starring role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and he recently appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Dragon Ball is due out in theaters on August 18, 2008, and is currently shooting in Mexico City and Los Angeles.

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Its Dragonball not dbz, I personally liked the more relistic dragonball series then the ones that followed it. Jackie Chan would likly be better for the role but chow should be fine.
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Someone know if Vegeta gonna be in this movie?
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At least we know Piccolo is going to be a great character in this movie with James Marsters as him. Don't know how well Justin Chatwin will be with Goku, but he better be pretty damn good if he's going to uphold a job as such.
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all I'm gonna say is this..... They BETTA do GOKU JUSTICE!!!! PLAY HIM RIGHT OR NOT AT ALL!!!!!!
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It will be the best movie with a lot of action and animation I'm sure of it.
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the anime was undoubtedly great,hopefully the movie will share the same fate.however i think the director should be someone who has been good at making martial art/action movies before and the best actors to be Son Goku is Jackie Chan or Jet Li. yes,i'm also wondering how are they going to do the hair?at least don't let it look too "cartoony",especially during Super Saiya mode.the air fight is likely possible with today's tech..still remember Agent Smith-Neo's fight in The Matrix Revolutions?the point here is will the studio provide sufficient cash for it?DBZ inevitably contains lot of scenes that depend entirely on CGI.i hope that this movie will be as good as the cartoon.i like it very much.
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The cartoon was great, so the movie most be better
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i do not like dbz itz BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~
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They have been saying this for what 5 years now?
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affff... it will be awful... Chow Yun-Fat its the best of the cast... but still yet...



i hope that they didnt cast any cheerleader...
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I think it will be interesting to see just how they plan out and portray the movie. Hope it's not just all hype.
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i really liked DBZ about 8 years ago but know i have no interest and i cant believe they are going to make a movie out of it..... how boring
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DBZ.Its cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.But im sure the movie wont be that good.
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I used to be a huge fan back then so I really hope they don't screw it up.. it's gonna be difficult cause DBZ used to funny as hell. I think it's either going to be from his arrival to earth unto his days fighting piccolo or maybe his fights with vegeta..
or who knows they'll leave the whole vegeta saga for the sequel.
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i wonder if they will have the saiyans go super saiyan. That would be cool.
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I love DBZ still!!! :)
I just hope that this attempt of a live action movie is nothing like the 80s Korean Dragonball movie!!! :o
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This should be great if they dont stuff it up
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i just hope that it turns out to be a great movie... and they make many more sequels of it..
dont want to see such an epic cartoon end bcoz they made a bad movie of it
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i hoe that this movie shows something and it's better be some action and animated stuff or it gon suck.
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This movie had better not be corny... it's hard to bring the Anime world to lyphe without making it look fakey and VERY CORNY... Well; wateva happens, happens... lyphe goes on and DBZ will still be one of my all time favorates
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Hey look at the bright side. If the movie turns out good or even decent (on a 7-15 year)maybe they will start making the show again. They did it with Transformers. I am excited to see what they come up with.
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This is TOOOOO Risky, if they make mistakes, that could be a bad end for a great anime that lated 20 years. Better they do it right !!!
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This movie, i don't know how they are planing to make the air fights.
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this sounds like it might be good. now if they would only work on the evangelion live action movie....
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Evil Dead Ash, nobody outside of Japan even knew about Dragon Ball/DBZ/DBGT 15 years ago since it didn't get translated until 1996 (and it was arounf 1998 when they started airing on a regular basis). Roshi is a horny comedic character that loves porn and women as much as he does karate, so I am surprised that Chow Yun-Fat signed on for the role. I can see they already screwed up part of the movie (Goku didn't have a "change of heart", he bumped his head and forgot about his mission and only found out he was a Saiyan when his brother came to Earth many years later to kidnap Goku's son). I will see it, but I know even more mistakes will be made.



Also, Dragon Ball Z got better after the Namek saga (the Cell saga and various Buu sagas are especially great), and there was no "Vegeta saga" (the first saga was called the Saiyan saga).
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DB only would be kinda boring i mean it will just be a martiel arts movie with charcters i pretty much hate, but mixing 2 sprate seasons tougether that have almost nothing 2 do with each other man that will be even weirder.

well like evey hope it will be good
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i hope it's good
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tHiS sHoUlD bE iNtErEsTiNg...
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I don't know whether to like this idea or not.
But I'll definetly see it.
I see there are a lot of Haters of DBZ..and i find that weird, I remember being at the bar after Junior College and all the Guys would be watching it with a few girls getting into it hehe.
The barman (whos like 60), would pass hilarious comments whenever Piccollo would scream.
Ofcourse, DBZ goes downhill after the Namek saga.
They should do the Namek Saga in short...without the staring at each other for like 10 minutes & definitely include the Scene were Vegeta dies, but anyways apparently its Not the Z series.
Still Can't wait to watch it, even if it aint promising..
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Chow Yun-Fat is doing Dragonball Z?? Maybe his mom needed an operation or something?
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so far it sounds like they are mixing the DB and DBZ stories together somehow. i have also read that the characters hair will be similar to the tv show so bulma's hair will be blue
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I agree with game_masta 14 with the Tien idea. I just hope the movie doesn't turn out stupid. I find that when someone makes a movie of something I really like, it turns out to be a big waste of time.
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Only one person can play Goku. Dragon Ball Z fan, and big hero for the creator of the show, Jackie Chan.
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They shold have made this movie 15 years ago, when the show was still relevant. man, this movie is going to be weirddddd.
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the movie hasent even been made yet, so why is everyone saying its gonna suck? im really looking forward to it alot. and if it sucks, then o well. it will not tarnish the already established legacy that its known for.
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A live action Dragonball movie?:shock: That's going to be interesting to watch.
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It'll probably be decent if they focus on the original fans but either way it wont come close to the original dragonball live action movie that came out in the late 80s, sure the effects were cheesy but the movie was great, and i was 22 when i watched it so it was focused on an older age group....also keeping that in mind it will probably just be that movie remade with a big budget, really good special effects and known american movie based actors, with how effects have progressed over the years they can make pretty convincing CG Ki blasts
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hm....I hope the movie won't suck..I mean with Chow Yun-Fat playing Master Roshi, looks for me good.
can't be that bad with him, I like his movies btw ;)

I am excited how they will do the hair for example...really interesting...
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This all reminds me of the movie in which mr Satan saves the world from cell.
The movie that was played at the World tournament in the world tournament saga.

To put it short: It's gonna suck.
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I wonder how they're going to do the hair.
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I dont see how in the future they can make a DBZ without it being cheesy. at least with DB they can do decent martial arts. If they do Ki beams, it will be cheesy
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Hmmm, Chow Yun Fat as Master Roshi, that's going to be interesting. I wonder who else will play who next like Krillin or anyone else anyone can think of, however my big question is what is the plotline of the movie going to be. Is Freeza going to be the main villan or Vegeta (if you remember the plot arcs). If this is going to be a good movie it better have not just a good cast but a good plotline so it will flow right.



And it's too soon to call whether the film with be bad or good, like all comic book/animated adaptions we'll just have to wait and see. But I hope it's good, so that it can be made into a series that way we can see the other two villans Cell and Majin Buu. And other characters like Trunks and Android 18, Katie Sarloff possibly for her but I don't know like I said we'll just have to wait and see anything is possible.
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this movie is going to blow(meaning suck)
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I wonder how they will do the nosebleeds :P

funny caption :lol:
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i love all the DB series, so lets hope they dont tarnish it with this movie
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he'd make a better tien than a master roshi
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Dragonball was one of the best anime series ever. Dragonball Z is, shall we say, not so after the Vegeta Saga.
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I have to say i have no interest in DBZ
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This had better be true to the story and they had better make this look as real as Transformers. If they want a summer/fall blockbuster then they need to do this right.
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Why are you hating on DBZ? It was the greatest action anime of all time. Which show has hypnotized you to say DBZ sucked? One Piece?
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