Title – Dragonball
Release Date – 4-10-09
Distributor – 20th Century Fox
Budget – $100+ Million
Justin Chatwin – Goku
Character Description – Goku is considered uncool and unpopular at school, but he is in fact an extremely talented martial arts fighter who gets rigorous training from his grandfather, Gohan. After the death of his grandfather by the evil Lord Piccolo, Goku finds his destiny in his grandfather’s dying request that he find Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls (of which he has one) in order to prevent Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the dragonballs to take over the world. Trained by Master Roshi, aided by Bulma and Yamcha, friends he meets along the way, Goku proves himself a formidable, almost undefeatable fighter. On many dangerous adventures to find the remaining Dragon Balls and thus save the world, Goku conquers physical and emotional challenges, ultimately saving the world but clearly impelled to spend his life searching for the Dragon Balls with his trusty companions.
Chow Yun-Fat – Master Roshi
Character Description – This older man is a good friend of Goku’s grandfather, Gohan, and Goku comes to enlist his help after his grandfather is killed. Although he looks like a beggar, Roshi is one of the worlds most fearsome fighters. Master Roshi begins Goku’s rigorous training to prepare him for the adventure of finding and fighting for the seven Dragon Balls to save the world from Piccolo’s destructive plan. A wise, somewhat wry man who knows as much about human nature as he does about martial arts, Master Roshi is impressed with Goku’s fighting but reminds him of his failings as well. Ultimately, Master Roshi sacrifices his own life in order to destroy Piccolo.
James Marsters – Lord Piccolo
Character Description – An ancient being who despite his humanoid appearance, is from an alien race determined to take over the world. Piccolo is the cursed ruler of a demonic race who nearly destroyed Earth 2000 years ago, and with the coming of the eclipse and the possession of all seven Dragon Balls, he’s prepared to free himself and do the job right this time. Crafty and smart, Piccolo has some disturbing news for Goku, namely that the boy is actually a Saiyan who’s destined to join Piccolo as his right hand in destroying and enslaving the planet.
Emmy Rossum – Bulma
Character Description – With great intelligence behind her gleaming eyes, Bulma is a determined, competitive young woman whose father’s five star Dragon Ball was stolen by Lord Piccolo, and who believes that she can harness their unlimited energy and change the world like Edison or Einstein. Bulma, who has a DBE (a Dragon Ball locator device), teams up with Goku, and with him meets up with Master Roshi and Yamcha as they attempt to collect the missing Dragon Balls before Piccolo can destroy the world. A resourceful and courageous young woman who’s also a weapons expert, she overcomes many obstacles with her colleagues, only to find the seven Dragon Balls ultimately snatched from their grasp–but it’s clear she’s going to continue searching for them with Goku and Yamcha.
Joon Park – Yamcha
Character Description – “The bad boy who has no trouble attracting women,” he taunts Goku, Bulma and Master Yoshi, who are trapped in a sand cave, rather than helping them with his rope ladder. However, after overhearing Master Roshi’s tale of Piccolo once nearly destroyed the Earth and are preparing to do so again, Yamcha has a change of heart and not only helps the three in the desert, but becomes a valuable part of the team. An ingenious young man whose utililty truck is the Swiss Army Knife of trucks–every tool and gear imaginable sprouts from its body–Yamcha joins Goku, Bulma (with whom he becomes romantically involved) and Master Yoshi on their quest to find the seven Dragon Balls before Piccolo.
Jamie Chung – Chi Chi
Character Description – Goku’s lifelong love interest, Chi Chi is an attractive, tom boy-ish young woman who has grown up with Goku. She has studied martial arts and has always suspected that Goku possesses talents that are unusual and extraordinary. After Goku embarks on his journey to redeem his grandfathers death, Chi Chi meets up with Goku and his crew at a tournament of champions where their mutual attraction finally heats up during a training session.
Randall Duk Kim – Grandpa Gohan
Character Description – Goku’s kindly, wise grandfather, he looks like he’s in his 70s but moves like Jet Li. An accomplished martial artist who trains Goku on the bow staff, he loves his grandson and is happy to prepare a special feast for him on his 18th birthday, as well as a special gift: a 4 star Dragon Ball. Tragically, Gohan is struck down by the high ninjas of the Namek-Jins, and as he dies he sends his grandson out to face his destiny and do battle against them.
Eriko Tamura – Mai
Character Description – Her features exotic, sexy but deadly, dressed in gleaming black, with weapons strapped all over her body, she’s a martial arts expert and Lord Piccolo’s chief enforcer. Crafty and quick thinking, Mai uses her ability to shapeshift near the climax of the movie and takes on the form of Chi Chi, a young martial arts expert who’s romantically involved with Goku and later saves Piccolo from Master Roshi’s curse; once she is revealed she ends up in the fight of her life.
Ernie Hudson – ???
There has been much speculation on the character Ernie Hudson will be playing. Some have suggested that he may be playing the character Sifu Norris who is a new movie character described simply as a “noble and intelligent man”. It has also been speculated that he is actually Master Mutaito, or a loosely based character after Hudson was quoted saying “I play a monk, who is Chow Yun Fat’s character’s master and he creates the jar that is used contain/trap piccolo”
James Wong – Writer/Director
Wong is an Emmy nominated writer whose previous directorial credits include Final Destination and The One.
Stephen Chow – Producer
Stephen Chow is the critically acclaimed Director and Writer of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. Chow is on board as producer of this film and oversees production. He has also stated that he had some involment in creating the story for this film.
Brian Tyler – Composer
Tyler has composed such film scores as Constantine, AVP:R, and Rambo. For samples of his work, visit is Official Website.
Robert McLachlan – Cinematographer
Having worked on The One and Black Christmas, Robert McLachlan once again re-teams with James Wong as the cinematographer for Dragonball.
Mayes C. Rubeo – Costumes
This award winning costume designer has worked on such films as Apocalypto and the upcoming Avatar.
Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. – Special Effects
One of the most prestigious SFX companies in the industry, ADI has worked on all three Spider-Man movies, as well as Aliens Vs. Predator. They are currently working on Wolverine and The Wolf Man. Check out ADI’s work here.