Dragonball Evolution

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Dragonball Evolution
Directed by James Wong
Produced by James Wong
Stephen Chow
Written by Screenplay:
James Wong
Ben Ramsey
Akira Toriyama
Starring Justin Chatwin
James Marsters
Jamie Chung
Emmy Rossum
Joon Park
Eriko Tamura
Randall Duk Kim
Texas Battle
Ernie Hudson
Chow Yun-Fat
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Robert MacLachlan
Editing by Chris G. Willingham
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) Japan
March 13, 2009
April 3, 2009
United States
April 10, 2009
Running time 84 minutes
Country  United States
 Hong Kong
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Money made $57,497,699[2]

Dragonball Evolution is a low budget 2009 American live-action movie based on the Dragon Ball franchise being made by 20th Century Fox. The story follows the adventures of the lead character, Son Goku, around his 18th birthday. The movie began being made in 2002, and is directed,produced and written by James Wong. It was first released in Japan and several other Asian nations on March 13, 2009, and later released in the United States on April 10, 2009.

Justin Chatwin was cast as Goku, and James Marsters is Lord Piccolo, the antagonist of the movie. A video game of the movie, with the same name, will be released in March/April for the PSP.

Reception[change | change source]

Since its release, Dragonball Evolution was universally being rated and commented as the most poor manga adoption ever. On Rotten Tomatoes it scored 15% based on 55 reviews, while on Metacritic it received a rating of 45 out of 100 based on 10 reviews.[3]

The original creator Akira Toriyama felt surprised of this live-action film and suggested to treated it as a different work form his manga.

References[change | change source]

  1. "James Marsters Monster Mania Q&A (Part 2)". August 23, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  2. "Dragonball Evolution (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  3. http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/dragonballevolution

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