Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Burn Up!! A Close Fight - A Violent Fight - A Super Fierce Fight (Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 燃えつきろ!!熱戦・烈戦・超激戦, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zetto Moetsukiro!! Nessen Ressen Chō-Gekisen) or by Toei's own English title Dragon Ball Z: The Burning Battles, is a 1993 Japanese anime science fiction martial arts film and the eighth Dragon Ball Z feature movie. The original release date in Japan was on March 6, 1993 at the Toei Anime Fair alongside Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! Clear Skies Over Penguin Village. It was dubbed into English and released by Funimation in 2003.
|Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan|
|Directed by||Shigeyasu Yamauchi|
|Screenplay by||Takao Koyama|
|Based on||Dragon Ball|
by Akira Toriyama
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Distributed by||Toei Company|
|March 6, 1993|
|Box office||$21.7 million|
The antagonist Broly was created by Takao Koyama and was designed by series creator Akira Toriyama. This film is the first of three titular movies featuring the character, followed by Broly – Second Coming and Bio-Broly in 1994. The character also appeared in Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D at Super Tenkaichi Budokai, a cinematic attraction at Universal Studios Japan in 2017.
King Kai senses the destruction of the south galaxy by a Super Saiyan and realizes that the north galaxy will be targeted next. He telepathically contacts Goku who begins tracking the Super Saiyan's energy.
On Earth, a spaceship interrupts a picnic and army of humanoid alien soldiers greet Vegeta as their king. Their leader is revealed to be Saiyan named Paragus who claims that he has created a New Planet Vegeta and wishes for Vegeta to accompany him in order to assume the Saiyan throne. Vegeta agrees after Paragus tells him that the Legendary Super Saiyan is running rampant throughout the galaxy and must be stopped. Gohan, Future Trunks, Krillin, Master Roshi and Oolong accompany Vegeta onto the ship.
On New Vegeta, Vegeta meets Paragus' son, Broly, who joins him in tracking the Super Saiyan on other planets. Gohan, Trunks, and Krillin explore New Vegeta and discover that it is uninhabited except for the alien slaves who reveal that a Super Saiyan obliterated their civilization. The slave masters begin to abuse them but they are defended by Gohan when Goku arrives. Paragus greets Goku and he invites them to dinner at the palace where Broly appears agitated at the mere sight of Goku. Paragus calms his son by using a device on his bracelet that syncs to Broly's headband and yet despite this, Broly attacks Goku in the middle of the night requiring Paragus to calm his son once again. Goku suspects that Broly is a Super Saiyan and Paragus contemplates the mind-control device and suspects that it is malfunctioning due to Broly responding aggressively to Goku. Paragus theorizes that Broly's violent Saiyan instincts are awakening as a result of Goku's power, then remembers they were born on the same day in an attempt to explain their fated encounter after all these years.
Goku and the others confront Paragus upon learning the truth about Broly as his aggression toward Goku swells to the point of breaking free of the mind control device and he finally transforms into a rage filled behemoth - the Legendary Super Saiyan. Broly attacks Goku who is defended by Trunks and Gohan while a fearful Vegeta loses his will to fight. Paragus taunts Vegeta while revealing that Broly was born with a power level of 10,000 and was feared by King Vegeta to the point that he ordered the infant's execution. Paragus failed to persuade King Vegeta to spare Broly who was pierced in the abdomen by a knife and left for dead with his father while Frieza destroyed the planet that same day. Broly's survival instincts caused him to shield himself and Paragus and they soared off into space protected by Broly's power. Broly grew unstable and sadistic as he aged and Paragus was forced to use a mind-control device to pacify his son but planned to use him to exact his revenge on King Vegeta's bloodline and convert the Earth into new Planet Vegeta. Paragus reveals that a comet is currently on approach toward New Vegeta and will destroy it upon impact.
Goku, Gohan, and Trunks are dominated by Broly until Piccolo arrives and heals them with Senzu beans. They engage Broly again but continue to be severely outmatched. After being scolded by Piccolo, Vegeta's pride returns and he confronts Broly but is quickly incapacitated. Paragus prepares to escape the doomed planet in a small space pod before he is confronted by Broly and killed. Despite Broly's power continuing to increase, Goku manages to challenge him yet again and he is mercilessly beaten as he asks his allies to lend him their energy. After much reluctance, Vegeta finally gives Goku his energy who is able to use it to strike Broly directly in the abdomen, reopening the wound he suffered as an infant which causes the Legendary Super Saiyan's power to become unstable and he explodes.
Just as the comet strikes and destroys New Vegeta, Goku, his allies, and the slaves cheer as they manage to escape in Piccolo's spaceship.
|Character||Japanese voice||English voice|
|(AB Groupe, c. 2003)||(FUNimation, 2003)|
|Goku/Kakarot||Masako Nozawa||David Gasman
Jodi Forrest (baby)
|Sean Schemmel |
Stephanie Nadolny (baby)
Hiroko Emori (baby)
|Doug Rand (adult/baby in one scene)
Jodi Forrest (baby)
|Vic Mignogna |
Cynthia Cranz (baby)
|Gohan||Masako Nozawa||Jodi Forrest||Stephanie Nadolny|
|Vegeta||Ryou Horikawa||Ed Marcus as Vejita||Christopher R. Sabat|
|Paragus||Iemasa Kayumi||Paul Bandey||Dartanian Nickelback|
Hiromi Tsuru (baby)
Jodi Forrest (baby)
|Eric Vale |
Stephanie Nadolny (baby)
|Piccolo||Toshio Furukawa||Paul Bandey as Big Green||Christopher Sabat|
|Krillin||Mayumi Tanaka||Sharon Mann as Clearin||Sonny Strait|
|Master Roshi||Kouhei Miyauchi||Ed Marcus as Old Tortoise||Mike McFarland|
|Bulma||Hiromi Tsuru||Jodi Forrest as Blooma||Tiffany Vollmer|
|Chi-Chi||Naoko Watanabe||Sharon Mann||Cynthia Cranz|
|Oolong||Naoki Tatsuta||David Gasman||Bradford Jackson|
|Mrs. Briefs||Hiroko Emori||Jodi Forrest as Blooma's Mother||Cynthia Jane Cranz|
|Dr. Briefs||Jōji Yanami||Paul Bandey||Chris Forbis|
|King Vegeta||Masaharu Satou||Ed Marcus as King Vejita||Christopher R. Sabat|
|King Kai||Jōji Yanami||Ed Marcus as Keish||Seán Schemmel|
|Shamo||Hiroko Emori||Doug Rand||Amber Nicole Cotton|
|Shamo's Grandfather||Masaharu Satou||Ed Marcus||Sean Barker|
|Octopus Scientist (タコ科学者, Tako kagaku-sha)||Naoki Tatsuta||K. Williams|
|Narrator||Jōji Yanami||Kyle Hebert|
A third English dub produced and released exclusively in Malaysia by Speedy Video features an unknown voice cast.
- OP (Opening Theme):
- ED (Ending Theme):
English dub soundtrackEdit
The following songs were present in the FUNimation dub of Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan: The remaining pieces of background music were composed by Mark Menza.
- Tendril - Eternal Sacrifice (Opening Theme of Movie)
- El Gato - Lost in America (Part 1)
- Brave Combo - Dance of the Hours (Part 1 & 2)
- Pointy Shoe Factory - On Your Knees
- Pointy Shoe Factory - Bump in the Night
- Doosu - Louisiana House Fire. Mid 1950
- The Aleph - Lazarus
- Slow Roosevelt - Boys Lie, Girls Steal
- Spoonfed Tribe - Beetle Orange
- Dokodemo Doa - Fearful Yet Hopeful
- Pointy Shoe Factory - The Dub and the Dead
- Pantera - 10's
- Tendril - Invisibles
- Gravity Pool - Reach
- Gravity Pool - Won't Give In
- Haji's Kitchen - Day After Day
- Slow Roosevelt - Silverback
- Haji's Kitchen - Lost
- El Gato - Stained-Glass Windshield
The score for the English-language version was composed by Mark Menza. The Triple Feature release contains an alternate audio track containing the English dub with original Japanese background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi and original Japanese opening theme of "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama.
On September 15 and 17, 2018, the film had a limited theatrical release by Fathom Events in the United States due to the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018). According to Box Office Mojo, as of September 19, 2018, it made a revenue of $658,982. This adds up to a total gross of $21,658,982 in Japan and the United States.
It was released on DVD and VHS in North America on August 26, 2003, over 10 years after its initial release. Plus, it was released it in a bundle with Broly – Second Coming for Blu-ray on November 13, 2007, both feature full HD 16:9 aspect ratio 1080p format and an enhanced 5.1 surround mix. It was later remastered and released in Triple Feature set with the original Broly films and Bio-Broly for Blu-ray and DVD on March 31, 2009. The film was re-released to DVD on December 6, 2011 in remastered-widescreen set containing the second four Dragon Ball Z movies.
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