Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
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Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ この世で一番強いヤツ, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zetto: Kono Yo de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu), also known by Toei's own English title The Strongest Guy in the World, is a 1990 Japanese animated science fiction martial arts film and the second feature movie in the Dragon Ball Z franchise. It was originally released in Japan on March 10 between episodes 39 and 40 of DBZ, at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival along with the second Akuma-kun movie (Welcome To Devil Land) and the 1990 movie version of Sally the Witch.
|Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest|
|Directed by||Daisuke Nishio|
|Screenplay by||Takao Koyama|
|Based on||Dragon Ball|
by Akira Toriyama
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Edited by||Shinichi Fukumitsu|
|Distributed by||Toei Company|
|Box office||$18 million (est.)|
Gohan and Oolong search for the magical Dragon Balls and their radar shows them that the orbs are being gathered by another, unknown party. They investigate near a large wall of ice where Piccolo is training. Meanwhile, the mad scientist Dr. Kochin, having successfully gathered all of the Dragon Balls, summons the eternal dragon Shenron and wishes for Dr. Wheelo's lab to be released from the ice. The ice breaks away as a building emerges and Gohan and Oolong are attacked by Dr. Kochin's "bio-men". Piccolo saves them but is overcome by three mysterious warriors while Gohan and Oolong escape.
Dr. Kochin and his bio-men soon present themselves to Master Roshi who refuses to accompany them to Wheelo's lab and defeats the bio-men. Dr. Kochin kidnaps Bulma to force Master Roshi to pursue them. At Wheelo's lab, Master Roshi is forced to fight three "bio-warriors" but is swiftly defeated. Bulma discovers that Dr. Wheelo's mission is to obtain the body of the strongest warrior on Earth to become the host for his brain, which is currently separated from his deceased body and kept alive by his advanced technology. Bulma informs him that Goku will undoubtedly be coming to rescue them and that he is much more powerful than Roshi. Meanwhile, Goku learns of situation and he arrives at Dr. Wheelo's lab and is confronted by Misokattsun, Kishime, and Ebifurya - Dr. Kochin's three bio-warrior henchmen. Goku defeats Misokattsun but is frozen by an ice-like attack launched by Ebifurya. Gohan and Krillin arrive to help but are no match for Kishime. Goku breaks free from ice, defeats the two remaining bio-warriors, and confronts Dr. Wheelo. Piccolo, who has been brainwashed by Dr. Wheelo, attacks Goku. Gohan tries to stop Piccolo but fails causing his anger to explode, shattering Dr. Wheelo's brainwashing device. Dr. Wheelo is stunned by Gohan's power and desires to steal his body instead. He breaks his robot body free from the ice wall, subsequently knocking Dr. Kochin down a shaft which kills him.
Dr. Wheelo attacks, overwhelms the fighters, and only Goku and Piccolo are left to oppose him. Goku knocks Dr. Wheelo into the atmosphere and begins to form a Spirit Bomb attack. Wheelo interrupts him before he can finish gathering the energy for it requiring Goku's allies to distract Wheelo. Goku's successfully launches the bomb and Wheelo is killed.
|Character||Japanese voice||English voice|
|(Pioneer/FUNimation/Ocean Studios, 1998)||(AB Groupe, c. 2003)||(FUNimation, 2006)|
|Goku||Masako Nozawa||Peter Kelamis||David Gasman
Ed Marcus (some vocal effects)
|Gohan||Saffron Henderson||Jodi Forrest||Stephanie Nadolny|
|Dr. Wheelo||Kōji Nakata||Ward Perry||Doug Rand||R. Bruce Elliott|
|Dr. Kochin (Dr.コーチン, Dokutā Kōchin)||Kouji Yada||Paul Dobson||Paul Bandey||Troy Baker|
|Piccolo||Toshio Furukawa||Scott McNeil||Paul Bandey as Big Green
Doug Rand (one scream)
|Bulma||Hiromi Tsuru||Lalainia Lindbjerg||Sharon Mann as Blooma||Tiffany Vollmer|
|Krillin||Mayumi Tanaka||Terry Klassen||Sharon Mann as Clearin||Sonny Strait|
|Oolong||Naoki Tatsuta||Alec Willows||David Gasman||Bradford Jackson|
|Chi-Chi||Mayumi Shou||Lisa Ann Beley||Sharon Mann||Cynthia Cranz|
|Master Roshi||Kouhei Miyauchi||Don Brown||Ed Marcus as The Old One||Mike McFarland|
|Turtle||Daisuke Gōri||Scott McNeil||Doug Rand||Chris Sabat|
|Shenron||Kenji Utsumi||Don Brown||Ed Marcus|
|Ebifurya (エビフリャー, Ebifuryā)||Ken Yamaguchi||Matthew Tompkins|
|Kishime (キシーメ, Kishīme)||Yukimasa Kishino||Paul Dobson||Doug Rand||C. Rager|
|Misokatsun (ミソカッツン, Misokattsun)||Daisuke Gōri||Ward Perry||Ed Marcus||Robert Howard|
|Narrator||Jōji Yanami||Doc Harris||Ed Marcus||Kyle Hebert|
A fourth English version released exclusively in Malaysia by Speedy Video features an unknown cast.
- OP (Opening Theme):
- IN (Insert Song):
- ED (Ending Theme):
English dub soundtracksEdit
The Toonami version replaced "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" and "Ikusa" with Shuki Levy's "Rock the Dragon" but kept the original Japanese background music. Home video releases of the Pioneer dub left "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" and "Ikusa" intact.
The score for the 2006 English-language version was composed by Nathan Johnson. The Double Feature release contains an alternate audio track containing the English dub with original Japanese background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi.
At the Japanese box office, the film sold 2.7 million tickets and earned a net distribution rental income of ¥1 billion, equivalent to estimated gross receipts of approximately ¥2.4 billion ($17 million).
Overseas in Europe, the film grossed $1,009,767 in Germany, Austria and Poland during 2002–2003. This adds up to a worldwide estimated gross of approximately $18,009,767.
It was released on VHS and DVD in North America on May 26, 1998, with an English dub, produced by Pioneer Home Entertainment in association with Funimation. Pioneer's dub used the original Ocean Productions voice cast of the TV series. Since then, Funimation was released this movie of Rock the Dragon Edition set with Ocean dub on DVD on August 13, 2013, it has 53 edited episodes of the TV series, plus two movies of Dead Zone and The Tree of Might (Movie Edited Version).
Once their sub-license expired, Funimation also released the movie to DVD on November 14, 2006 as part of a movie set subtitled "First Strike", also containing Dead Zone and The Tree of Might with "Ultimate Uncut Edition", with a completely new dub done by Funimation's voice cast. It was later digitally remastered and released in Double Feature set with Dead Zone for Blu-ray and DVD on May 27, 2008, in feature full HD 16:9 aspect ratio 1080p format. The film was re-released to DVD on November 1, 2011 in remastered-widescreen set containing the first five Dragon Ball Z movies.
Outside of the United States, there have been two other English dubs of this movie: one in Malaysia and one by AB Groupe in France. The Malaysian English dub was released to VCD in Malaysia, while AB Groupe's English dub aired on TV in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as seeing a home release to VHS and DVD in some of the formerly mentioned countries. Both dubs use Toei's official English title rather than Funimation's title, and until recently, the voice cast of the AB Groupe dub version was unknown, but then it has been determined that they used voice actors who were involved in French TV shows like Code Lyoko, while the Malaysian dub's cast remains unknown.
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