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Dragonball Evolution (2009)



Critic Consensus: Executed with little panache or invention, Dragonball Evolution lacks the magic that made the books upon which it was based a cult sensation.

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James Wong adapts the rich mythos of the Dragonball series that grew from a manga into various popular animated series with this 20th Century Fox production starring Justin Chatwin. The plot revolves around Goku (Chatwin), Earth's greatest champion, who must defend the planet against an invading race of alien warriors hell-bent on dominating the universe. Wong directs from his own script, with Kung Fu Hustle's Stephen Chow producing. Buffy the Vampire Slayer's James Marsters co-stars as the film's villain, Piccolo, with Jamie Chung playing Chi Chi and Emmy Rossum portraying Bulma. Hong Kong legend Chow Yun-Fat rounds out the cast as Master Roshi, Goku's mentor in the film. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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James Marsters
as Lord Piccolo
Jamie Chung
as Chi Chi
as Mai
Joon Park
as Yamcha
Yun-Fat Chow
as Master Roshi
Randall Duk Kim
as Grandpa Gohan
Ernie Hudson
as Sifu Norris
Texas Battle
as Carey Fuller
Ian Whyte
as Oozaru
Jon Valera
as Moreno
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Critic Reviews for Dragonball Evolution

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (20)

Dragonball: Evolution is my least-favorite film of all time. I hate it with every fiber of my being. If you were ever curious about the show Dragon Ball or the manga... please, avoid this cinematic disaster at all costs.

February 3, 2016 | Full Review…

A rather tame live-action sci-fi flick.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The producer, Stephen Chow, made the funny and original Kung Fu Hustle, but here he and director James Wong get into a terrible mess.

April 17, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

No, its unforgivable flaw is that it is boring, and the only emotion I could work up after exiting the theater was a yawn.

April 15, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

[Chow's] hamminess doesn't make Dragonball Evolution make more sense, but it's a great way to cope with an otherwise inexplicable kitschfest.

April 15, 2009

Evolution is far more entertaining than it deserves to be, unless you're a 10-year-old boy, in which case it's only the greatest movie ever made.

April 13, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dragonball Evolution

Turned a classic tale of innocence, the struggle between good and evil, into a hollywood CGI fuck fest of stupidity. There are so many things wrong with this film even outside of the fact that it bastardized the source material. Easily worse movie I have ever seen.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

Oh gosh. The trailers were better.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


I must say that this one is a really terrible adaptation, maybe basically it wasn't an adaptation movie, but it was a movie inspired from the manga because the only same thing about this movie was the name of the characters and the Dragon Ball itself... If I see this movie as not an adaptation movie, I may gave it 2 or 2 1/2 stars because it was pretty entertaining... But because this one is an adaptation movie, I couldn't gave more than 1 1/2 stars... James Wong really changed a lot from the manga, and it was terrible because I'm a big fan of the manga... Yet, he made a lot of bloopers because of the weak script they have here, that one makes the audience become more confused with the story here... Very disappointing...

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

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