Dragonball Evolution

Dragonball Evolution
Directed byJames Wong
Produced byJames Wong
Stephen Chow
Written byScreenplay:
James Wong
Ben Ramsey
Akira Toriyama
StarringJustin Chatwin
James Marsters
Jamie Chung
Emmy Rossum
Joon Park
Eriko Tamura
Randall Duk Kim
Texas Battle
Ernie Hudson
Chow Yun-Fat
Music byBrian Tyler
CinematographyRobert MacLachlan
Edited byChris G. Willingham
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
March 13, 2009
April 3, 2009
United States
April 10, 2009
Running time
84 minutes
Country23x15px United States
23x15px Hong Kong
23x15px Mexico
Budget$30 million[1]
Box office$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.


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.

original comments and translation

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As the original creator, I had a feeling of "Huh?" upon seeing the screenplay and the character designs, but the director, all the actors, the staff, and the rest are nothing but "ultra" high-caliber people. Maybe the right way for me and all the fans to appreciate it is as a New Dragonball of a different multiverse and dimension. Perhaps, this might become a great masterpiece of power! Hey, I look forward to it!!


  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. "Dragonball: Evolution" – via www.metacritic.com.

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