"DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION" is the long-awaited, live-action motion picture based on the popular Japanese manga created by Akira Toriyama. Toriyama's work spawned best selling graphic novels, videogames and a phenomenally successful television series.
The manga, series and games bring to the new film a rich mythology and exciting, complex characters - all
of which have captivated millions of fans, of all ages, around the globe.
One of the greatest manga franchises ever created, Dragonball has an enormous online fan base and is consistently one of the most frequently searched-for terms on Google and Yahoo!
Dragonball has exploded into a global phenomenon that has generated more than four billion dollars in merchandising sales. It is considered the gold standard of anime-based video games, with more than 25 different games and over ten million units sold since May 2002. The series - 500 episodes strong - posted top ratings in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
The motion picture "DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION" features a cast of rising young stars and veteran acclaimed actors.
Justin Chatwin, who portrayed Tom Cruise's son in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," takes on the role of the heroic Goku, a powerful warrior who protects the Earth from an endless stream of rogues bent on dominating the Universe and controlling the mystical objects from which the film takes its name.
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A young warrior must protect Earth from the Evil Lord Piccolo by preventing seven mystical orbs from falling into Piccolo's hands. Based on the manga by Akira Toriyama.
Photo left: Bulma (Emmy Rossum) and Goku (Justin Chatwin) plot their next moves to retrieve the remaining Dragonballs, the mystical objects that together could control the fate of the universe. Photo credit: Martin Gavica
Emmy Rossum ("The Day After Tomorrow") is Bulma, a beautiful woman intent on retrieving the mystical Dragonballs for her own reasons; Jamie Chung ("Samurai Girl") is Chi Chi, a young martial artist who captures Goku's eye; and screen legend Chow Yun-Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") is Roshi, the Master who guides Goku on the young man's epic quest to save the Earth from the forces of darkness.
ames Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is Lord Piccolo, whose return could signal the Earth's destruction; international performing sensation Joon Park is Yamcha, a charismatic "bad boy" whose schemes could thwart the heroes' journey; popular Japanese actress Eriko ("Heroes") is Mai, an assassin who works with Piccolo; Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters") is Sifu Norris, a Master and contemporary of Roshi's; and Randall Duk Kim ("The Matrix Revolutions") is Goku's grandfather Gohan, whose lessons for Goku begins to prepare the young man for the monumental tasks that lie ahead.
Many of these actors underwent a rigorous training regimen under the auspices of the premier stunt performance company, 87Eleven, which has executed or designed some of the biggest action pieces ever seen on film, in pictures such as "The Matrix," "The Bourne Supremacy," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "300."
"DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION" is produced by legendary filmmaker Stephen Chow whose best known films as an actor, director and screenwriter - "Shaolin Soccer" and "Kung Fu Hustle" - have featured a unique blend of martial arts action, CGI and comedy. The director is James Wong, formerly an executive producer/writer on the noted genre series "The X-Files," "Millennium" and "Space: Above and Beyond," and the co-writer/director of the big-screen hits "Final Destination" and "Final Destination 3." Ben Ramsey ("Love and a Bullet") penned the screenplay based upon the graphic novel series Dragonball by Akira Toriyama. The Shonen Jump Comics division of the Tokyo-based publishing house Shueisha is the publisher of the Dragonball manga.