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PostSubject: dbz live action movie! :D   Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:40 am

After years in development, the live-action feature film version of Akira Toriyama's manga and anime classic Dragonball is now in production. 20th Century Fox will release the movie -- referred to as either Dragon Ball Z, Dragonball, or simply DBZ by different publications -- on August 15, 2008. Here's what we know about the highly anticipated feature film thus far:

PRODUCTION:

Fox snagged the film rights to Dragon Ball Z way back in 2002. Since then several personnel have been involved, including director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and screenwriter Tedi Sarafian (Terminator 3). Last fall, Emmy nominee James Wong (director of the first and third Final Destination films, as well as The One) came aboard to direct Dragon Ball Z from his own screenplay.

Wong rewrote an earlier draft by Ben Ramsey (The Big Hit). Actor-filmmaker Stephen Chow (CJ7, Kung Fu Hustle) is producing the film. Chow informed the Oriental Morning Post last November, "I have been a Dragon Ball fan for a long time. ... The airy and unstrained story leaves much room for creation."

Filming on DBZ began last December in Mexico and Los Angeles. Final Destination's Robert McLachlan is the director of photography, with Bruton Jones (Underworld) serving as production designer, Patricio M. Farrell (Right at Your Door) as art director, and Mayes C. Rubeo (Apocalypto) as costume designer.

The special effects are being handled by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., which has worked on the Spider-Man films. Ariel Velasco-Shaw (300, Freddy vs. Jason) is serving as Dragonball's visual effects supervisor.

THE PLOT:

While story details are being kept under wraps, The Hollywood Reporter's synopsis says Dragonball "centers on an adult humanoid alien named Goku (Chatwin) who, after discovering he was sent to Earth to destroy the population, tries to fulfill the wish of his dying grandfather and collect all seven of the world's mystical Dragon Balls to keep them out of the hands of the evil aliens." Variety added that Bulma's "father's Dragon Ball is stolen by Piccolo."

THE CAST:

Justin Chatwin as Son Goku: Chatwin is best known to audiences for his roles as Tom Cruise's son in War of the Worlds and as the lead in David Goyer's The Invisible. Chatwin has reportedly trained with stunt performance company 87Eleven (The Matrix, The Bourne Supremacy) to prepare for his fight scenes in Dragonball.

Son Goku is immensely strong, pure of heart, extremely competitive, not inordinately bright, but dedicated wholeheartedly to the cause of beating the living hell out of evil. Though he grew up on Earth and appears more or less human, Goku is a specimen of the alien warrior race of Saiyans, who originally sent him to the planet to prepare it for conquest. A coincidental knock on the head cleared his mind of his natural inclination towards global domination, though instead, he eventually chose to become the planet's greatest champion.




- Buena Vista



Justin Chatwin will play Goku.


Goku's alien heritage gives him many advantages, of course, including great physical strength, speed, and resilience, the ability to fly, and a leg up in focusing his chi energy to develop many unusual martial arts techniques. Those include his famous "Kamehameha" energy blast, which has become his signature technique over the years, and the ability to transform into progressively more impressive levels of "Super Saiyan" power.

Emmy Rossum as Bulma: This singer-actress first came to audiences' attention as Sean Penn's doomed daughter in Mystic River before she captured the lead role of "Christine" in the big-screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Phantom of the Opera. Her other credits include Poseidon and The Day After Tomorrow.

In a December posting at her MySpace blog, Rossum wrote that Bulma is "so different than any role I've ever played. I love the character and I'm excited to get to share something so fun with you. In prep for the film I've been training very hard, learning how to fight, fire a gun, weapons training and even some martial arts. It's fun to play such a different character when I am such a pacifist in real life."

Rossum blogged in January, "I've been listening to some harder music to access the edge inside me to bring to the character, some Lincoln Park and Dream Theater. I'm enjoying developing the character and training, learning to ride a motorcycle has been thrilling." Also, Diario.com.mx claims that Rossum will wear a blue wig in the movie.




- Warner Bros.



Emmy Rossum will play Bulma.


Any crew of heroes needs a good gadgeteer, and that's Bulma's job in the Dragon Ball universe. The heir to the massive Capsule Corporation, she creates all kinds of inventions to aid her friends in their fight to defend Earth and otherwise beat up on evil. In her younger days, she built such handy devices as the Dragon Radar, which she used to detect and hunt down the seven legendary Dragon Balls. (Her plan was to wish for the perfect man to spend her life with.) Her quest was what first introduced her to Goku, after which the two quickly became fast friends.

Later in her career, she was able to build everything from spacecraft to shrinking devices to Super Saiyan armor. In the alternate timeline from which the future version of Trunks arrived, she survived the near-destruction of Earth long enough to build Trunks' time machine. Bulma's very proud of her genius intellect, and sometimes very easily offended. Her personality makes a good match with the Saiyan prince Vegeta, who she eventually falls for and marries. Akira Toriyama's goofy sense of humor named her entire family after various types of underwear. "Bulma" is a corruption of "bloomer," her son is named "Trunks," her father is "Dr. Briefs," and so on.

James Marsters as Lord Piccolo: Most famous for his role as "Spike" on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Marsters has since played Prof. Milton Fine, a.k.a. Braniac, on Smallville and Detective Grant Mars on Without a Trace. "(Dragonball's) got a Shakespearean sense of good and evil and there are incredible action scenes with characters of unbelievable power," Marsters told TV Guide last month. Piccolo, the actor said, "is green, bald and has pointed ears. Heroic wouldn't be the wrong term by the end, but it's a long journey."

As if the green skin and so forth weren't a dead giveaway, Piccolo is an alien, a traveler from the distant planet Namek. While he first came to Earth on a mission of conquest, his eventual destiny comes as a surprise to all involved. His first encounter with Goku came at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai, when the two warriors fought to a near-stalemate Goku was eventually able to defeat Piccolo, but refused to finish him off, preferring to keep his fated rival around. Later, the two joined forces to battle the waves of invading Saiyans threatening Earth.

Even more surprising than Piccolo's turn to the side of the good guys is his influence on Goku's son, Gohan, who he trains from an uncertain young boy into one of the planet's most powerful warriors. To their mutual betterment, the two develop a close bond, making Gohan a more confident young man and helping soften Piccolo's distant nature.




- The CW



James Marsters will play Piccolo.


Piccolo possesses a huge variety of superhuman abilities, far beyond mere strength and speed. He can regenerate almost any part of his body, divide himself into multiple smaller forms, use a fusion technique to temporarily join with other beings, and that's just the start of his shopping list of powers. His signature ability is the Masenko-Ha, or "demon wave," which becomes one of Gohan's favored techniques as well.

Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi: This Chinese superstar is best known to Western audiences for his roles in The Killer, Hard-Boiled, A Better Tomorrow and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He most recently appeared as Captain Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

As the first earthling to master the Power of Light, Roshi mentored both Goku and Grandpa Son Gohan. Roshi is a wise old martial arts master, as well as the series' oddball comic relief. Roshi, a.k.a. "Turtle Hermit," lives at the Kame house, which is situated on a deserted island that serves as a meeting place for the Z Fighters.



Chow Yun-Fat will play Master Roshi.

Jamie Chung as Chi-Chi: This waitress-turned-actress first gained notice as a cast member of MTV's The Real World before landing a stint of the soap Days of Our Lives. Producer Stephen Chow reportedly wanted to cast his CJ7 actress Zhang Yuqi as Chi-Chi before Chung won the part. Chi-Chi is the headstrong human wife of Son Goku and the mother of his children Gohan and Goten. (She and Goku first met as children.) Deemed the strongest woman on Earth, Chi-Chi is a martial artist who later trained Goten herself. She may nag her husband and occasionally clash with him, but she always has his and her family's best interests in mind.

Joon Park as Yamcha: Although Dragonball marks his largest Hollywood movie role to date, this South Korean singer-actor also appears in this summer's Speed Racer. Yamcha is a former bandit who is a longtime ally of Goku's and an ex-flame of Bulma's. His most constant companion is his cat Puar.

Randall Duk Kim as Grandpa Gohan: The Matrix Reloaded actor revealed on his official site that he's been cast as the elderly Gohan in Dragonball. The kindly Gohan found Goku when he first arrived on Earth, and served as his first instructor in martial arts.



- MTV/Real World - Warner Bros.



Jamie Chung and Randall Duk Kim.


Eriko Tamura as Mai: This Japanese actress is familiar to U.S. audiences for her role as "Yaeko" on Heroes. Although Mai was one of Emperor Pilaf's cronies in the manga and anime series, she will serve as Piccolo's henchwoman in the movie.

Other actors said to be in the film include Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Crow) and Texas Battle (Final Destination 3). According to DragonballMovieBlog.com, Hudson plays an alter boy in a temple who serves as an ally for Goku, Battle is high school bully Carey Fuller, while Richard Blake plays Carey's hulking sidekick Agundas. Mexican actor Luis Arrieta has been cast as Teto, a new character created for the movie said to be Goku's high school pal. Shavon Kirksey will reportedly play Chi-Chi's best friend Emi.
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PostSubject: Re: dbz live action movie! :D   Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:57 am

wow i saw the ol ddragon ball remake are they actually going to have powers and all that stuff the old movie didnt they just fougt wich suked

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PostSubject: Re: dbz live action movie! :D   Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:34 am

all the stuff the anime has! Very Happy thanx 2 special effects and computer graphix
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PostSubject: Re: dbz live action movie! :D   Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:13 am

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