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DRAGONBALL: THE MAGIC BEGINS (1989)
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Directed by:
Joe Chan (I)
Leung Chung

Not Rated
Format Used: VHS
Contains: Graphic Violence
Country: China
Badly Dubbed

Aka:
DRAGONBALL
DRAGONPEARL

THE PLOT:

When the beautiful Bulma searches for the mystical Dragon "BALLS". She meets young Goku, who was chasing after the goons who kidnapped his Grandfather Gohan for his 4 star Dragonball. Joining forces Goku, Bulma, Yomcha and Oolong vow to collect the remaining Dragonballs and rescue Gohan from the forces of the evil King Horn.

THE OPINION:

This has got to be the WORST dubbing in the history of foreign films. Like they changed easily pronounced named like Goku and Bulma. Plus they changed the name of the Dragonballs to Dragonpearls. What the hell was that for? Did the American movie company the American people is that stupid to think of live Dragon Testicles? Aside from the bad dubbing, the original makers blew it big time on several key points. Like Goku's Grandfather Gohan was dead when he meets Bulma. Plus he was called MONKEY BOY because he had a tail. Plus for 1989 the creature effects could have been allot better, even for a Chinese film.
I GIVE IT (4 STARS)

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ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+HITS)

+FLYING (The overall combat scenes were very good)
+ENERGY WEAPONS (They did not forget the Kamahamaha wave)
+LOOK (The Dragonballs looked just like the cartoon)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (-MISSES)

-BAD DUB (The VO was just awful, Monkey Boy instead of Goku, and the Turtle Hermit instead of Master R˘shi)
-PLOT HOLES (Grandpa Gohan was dead)
-NO TAIL (What happened to the tail on Goku? Its not like a tail is a hard effect. They did it in the Wizard Of Oz)

And finally two words:

-DRAGON BALLS(When did Dragonball become a bad word? It is in the freaking title for crying out loud)

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