Kameee, Hameee Waaave!!! Dragonball into a live action movie!!!

lead roles - Stephen Chow, Justin Chatwin, james marsters
@secretbear (19464)
Philippines
November 15, 2007 7:46pm CST
Dragonball fans!!! Dragonball will be made into a live action movie next year! read it in the papers! Hongkong comedian and director Stephen Chow will produce the movie for 20th Century Fox and James Wong, director of Final Destination will direct the movie. But what is this! A canadian will portray the role of Son Goku!!! Justin Chatwin will play the lead role, as Son Goku. i am so disappointed and aghast! i mean, i don't have anything against Canadians, but i think it would be better if all the actors in the movie will all be Asian! or am i being too idealistic?? i just thought it would be awesome if Asian superstars will appear in the movie since Dragonball is an anime. a Japanese cartoon for that matter. or it could have been Stephen Chow playing Goku! Right?? (James Marsters will play Piccolo)
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26 responses
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
my son will sure be excited about this. yes you are being too idealistic...lol. stephen chow and james wong are just being realistic thats why they would settle for Justin Chatwin to play the lead role. sorry to say but it is all about the money. making a film is so expensive that they need to earn double (or triple) than what they pay for as expences for the film. for example jacky chan he has a lot of movie that his co stars are also chinese but it was not that big hit. but when he started getting hollywood actors as co-stars then it all hit the top. maybe (just maybe) that is one of the reason why producers will settle with Justin than Asian actor. but anyways i'm looking forward to see this film with my children of course, then we will know if Justin is worth to be Son Goku. Shinpai shinaide kudasai. hugs.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
but Justin Chatwin is not that popular. I don't even know him until this morning. I was actually wishing he was Asian despite the name. LOL anyway, how about Shaolin Soccer? it was a hit eventhough the actors were all Asian. ijust can't accept the fact that Son Goku won't be a Japanese anymore! T.T I'm sure my nieces and nephews will also love to watch this movie. they are all dragonball fanatics! they even watch reruns of dragonball over and over again. oh hey, what is "shinpai shinaide"?? I can only understand "kudasai". ^__^;;
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
shinpai shinaide kudasai - please do not worry. wink wink
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
oh i see!!! thanks!! that's why shinpai sounded familiar. ^__^ i often hear that in animes and j-doramas. LOL
• Malaysia
16 Nov 07
I prefer Stephen Chow to play as Son Goku... Jackie Chan is another choice too... Another chinese guy who can play that role is another Hong Kong actor but I forgot his name. He plays great kung fu. He have plays the role as Fong Sai Yuk, monkey of the Journey To the West and many more.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
well, jackie chan is a great martial artist and he's awesome on his freestyle, he'd be great as goku only if he was still young. ^__^ but yep, if I were to choose between chatwin and him, i'll surely choose jackie! I think I know that actor who played fong sai yuk..I just can't remember his name. :p
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
20 Nov 07
haha.. yeah :) dragonball is finally coming out with the movie :) i hope it will be as nice as the animation as the graphic do matters alot here :) i agree with u that they should use an asian for SOn Goku instead of caucasian.. If to use asian, who will be in your mind?? i would prefer tony jaa from thailand to be him :) hehe
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
I don't know who tony jaa is but if you think he'll fit the son goku role then I would think he's a good actor. ^__^ there's so many asian actors that i've seen in a lot of asian films. I have seen awesome korean and japanese male actors that could be perfect and of course hongkong superstars. I just can't pinpoint one for goku's role. they should have done an audition instead of preselecting the actor.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
so he is the one in ong bak! I know ong bak but I haven't watched any of it. although I have a copy on dvd. ^__^ I think he'd pass for Son Goku with his body. and you're right, the actor should have a well-sculptured body and I don't think chatwin has that.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
24 Nov 07
u should watch ong bak soon and u will know y i would prefer him to act as Son Goku :) hehe ^_^ LOL.. or maybe donni yen can be another choice too as they both are very good fighters as well as solid lean body ^_^
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@babostwick (2037)
• United States
16 Nov 07
Personally I think it should be anime. Is this the same one I was reading about on this site that I'm about to link to you to. http://www.myfavoritegames.com/dragonball-z/Info/LiveActionMovie.htm That's what I found anyone. I would actually wonder if that could be done. That's one of those things I've never thought too closely on whether it would be good or not. It would have to depend on a lot of factors being that the producers know what Dragonball is. I could have pictured anime but this could work if done correctly and as long as they present it in a way that does it justice, then I will be happy. I think it more depends on who looks the part like you watch a live action movie and you can believe that guy is the character he looks like. For example, in the Spiderman, Toby McGuire makes you think he's actually Spiderman due to how he's portrayed. I know this is off the wall but just a thought.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
well, the news says that Stephen Chow is a fan of Dragonball and he wanted Asian actors to be in the movie. I think Justin Chatwin was 20th Century Fox's choice and not Stephen Chow'S. it would really depend on how the actor would portray the role he is playing. however, I think its only natural that a character will be played by someone who is from the place where that character originated. for example, spiderman is from the US so an American played the role. superman is from the US so an american played the role. so it goes that, wong fei hung was portrayed by a Chinese because the character is from China. I'm sure you get my point. ^__^;; my point is, it adds originality to the character if the actor playing it also came from its place of origin. but then, I guess I'm just being idealistic as what roni said. and besides, no matter how much complaining I do, I can't do anything about it. ^__^;;
• United States
16 Nov 07
I see what you're saying on that though. I guess we can just wait and see how it turn out. Hopefully it will turn out rather well. I'm really wondering how would they be able to pull off the Super Saiyan look? I'm pretty sure we'll see that in the movie.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
yeah. I hope the movie would turn out nice, in fact, it should turn out awesome because dragonball would need a lot of awesome special effects to attain the effect just like in the anime. ^__^ changing into super saiyan was my first thought actually. I'm thinking how they would do the super saiyan yellow aura thing.
@JowJie (271)
• Philippines
20 Nov 07
I wonder if they can do justice to the series. i'm looking forward to it! I dont have any idea though who the actors are, but its ok :) I really really really HOPE they wont make Dragonball creator ashamed of them hehe Speaking of dragonball, has it ended already? I watched dragonball when I was in highschool, when i got to college there's dragonball Z, then thre's dragonball GT.. what is the latest??
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
if they stup!dly fails they will not only make the dragonball creators ashame of it but they will also anger the fans! I don't know too who the actors are, if sammo hung would play as son goku I would have no comments. ^__^ It just sucks when commercialization destroys the beauty of art. I think there's dragonball XYZ. LOL
@JowJie (271)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
who is sammo hung? ^__________,^
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
0_o you don't know sammo hung??? he's the fat one who's always a sidekick in jackie chan's movies. sometimes he would just appear as an extra. ^__^ were you able to watch around the world in 80 days?? he was there as wong fei hung, jackie chan's master.
@fab315 (1242)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
Hello! Kamee, Hamee Waave! Oh my brother would be very excited about this movie! he's a Dragonball fanatic! lol...I like this anime too...it's fun. I reckon the reason why they chose Justin Chatwin is because they want the movie to cater the international viewers. But it doesn't really matter who plays who as long as the movie will turn out great especially the effects. It should at least look realistic and convincing. Stephen Chow is a good-funny actor, he could be great for the role. But hey! let's just wait and see..*hehehe* can't wait! And you're not being idealistic secretbear...you can point out your opinion..you're a viewer and an anime fanatic! *hihi* Take care ciao! c",)
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
hi fab! ^__^ i guess for people who are not VERY anime fanatic, the actor wouldn't really matter. but i'm kinda an anime fanatic up to the BONE MARROW, okay up to my atoms, LOL, and i'm kinda a little Japan-fanatic so there. ^__^;; and i'm kinda unappreciative of western actors playing asian roles, tom cruise in the last samurai, uma thurman in Kill Bill, etc. :P it looks that they are trying hard to me. ^__^;;
@fab315 (1242)
• Philippines
20 Nov 07
Hello! Calm down! calm down! grandchild bear...lol... You'll have a heart attack....don't worry everything's gonna be alright...we'll use our kameee, hameee, waveee! oh ha! You're an anime stalker! *wehehe* ciao! c",)
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
I'm calming down, calming down.. ^.^ but granny I won't have a heart attack, I'm still young to have that traitor ailment. you and granny jd are the ones that should be taking care of yourselves to avoid having an attack. LOL *peace* I won't just use the kame hame wave, i'll use my moon spiral heart attack!! LOL in case you don't know that's one of Sailormoon's finishing attack. LOL
@noriko (1254)
16 Nov 07
justin who? the only justin i know is timberlake. hehehe. my dad is japanese american and my mom is filipina chinese. i hope this movie turn out to be good for there are a lot of japanese people who are really going to be hurt if the movie will not turn out to be nice.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
16 Nov 07
noriko-chan! konnichiwa! ^__^ justin chatwin. i was like, "who the heck is that?" because i don't know him also. so i researched him on the internet and saw pictures of him and i thought he was familiar. but i don't really know him that much. anyway, let's hope he is a dragonball fan and let's wish he'll portray the Goku role superbly! or else i am going to "kame hame wave!!" him. LOL even if im not japanese i'll be hurt if the movie will turn out bad. i'm an anime fan after all. ^__^ ki o tsukete ne!
@noriko (1254)
17 Nov 07
oha secretbear, i wish too that he is a dragon ball fan and he can portray the role because in japan dragon ball animation is a grand hit that young and old really enjoys watching it. hai kiotsukettemasu.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
i agree. here too, not only kids watch it but also the adults, like me. LOL arigato for responding. ^__^
@ocean4 (236)
• Canada
6 Aug 08
Im a dbz fan and i think making it into a movie would just be a bad idea. The series would be much more memorable of they didnt keep making sad attepts to bring it back.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
hi ocean4. thanks for your opinion. it would be bad if they don't pick suitable actors and if they change a lot in the story.
• China
2 Apr 08
HI My friend . haha I am a chinese .I am glad you can watch this movie .If you have something do not know .Please ask me about this .lol His movie is very intrsting . I have watched his movie for about 10 years .
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
3 Apr 08
hi chen! I'm glad to know that you're a Jet Li fan too! and i'll definitely ask you anything about China. thanks. ^__^
@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
can't wait too see it. i guess it would be better if stephen will portray son gokou
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@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
ooops, double send sorry
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@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
can't wait to see it. i guess, it would be better if stephen will portay son gokou
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
thanks for the response rhane.
• Australia
1 Apr 08
That's good thing. Unfortunately, no Vegeta, the famous enemy and friend of Goku. I like Dragonball Z due to a Aussie Girl and it gives me energy, dignity, Pride and courage for my life. Well, according to the official website, Goku is played by Justin Chatwin while Piccollo will be played by James Marsters. I have not watched Dragonball anime before, just DBZ and DBGT. But it should be a very good and popular movie because of high popularity. Goku's Kamehameha wave and Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon will be the final moves in the movie for determining which fighter will win the battle. KAA-MEEE-HAAMEE-HAAA!! has been a famous Quote in the whole Dragonball series. Many animes have been successfully modified to live-action movies such as Initial-D, Transformer. As a result, DB movie should also be a successful movie ever. GOGOG GOKU!!
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
thanks for the response kenny-chan. if the movie will be a success i'm sure there'll be a sequel and in that sequel we'll find Vegeta! i like Vegeta too. he never changed his character even if he became allies with Goku and the others.
• Philippines
12 Dec 07
i think i've lost my excitement. i thought it was stephen chow to take the role of goku. yeah, same here, i think it should be asians, or japanese actors, to portray the role of dragon ball characters. and if they were worried about the super saiyan characters wherein they appear to be caucasians, that wouldn't be a problem. japanese people have done a lot of live actions from anime and they look good too when they wear blonde hair. i guess there should be no problem with that. well, that's all i can say. i still prefer asians to act for dragon ball live action.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
right on Gourd! having blonde hairs wouldn't be difficult for Japanese or Chinese. it would still suit them as long as the special effects and make up are well done. it really would have been much better if it was Stephen Chow to play the role. then there wouldn't be problem in comedy scenes. and he's great in martial arts too! i don't know the skill of this Canadian actor but i am definitely sure that he would still be training and learning before he can portray Son Goku. unlike Stephen Chow is already knowledgeable in martial arts.
@jarves (814)
• Philippines
11 Dec 07
That is good news!Finally! A live action dragon ball movie! I have been waiting for this for years! It does not matter to me really who is portraying son gokou. As long as the one portraying gokou looks like gokou in the anime and looks asian. Can't wait for dragon ball movie! Is there a trailer in the internet??
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
hi jarves! i don't think there's a trailer in the internet. i haven't done any searching for it. the actor playing Son Goku doesn't look like Asian! but then again, Son Goku doesn't really look like an Asian right? ^__^;; but still, i wanted the actor to be Asian and not some foreigner.
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
25 Nov 07
I looked it up as soon as I saw this post. I had been hearing rumors about a movie for years. I hope the director does Dragonball justice. It's one of my favorite animes and I hope it doesn't get the Hollywood screw up. I also wish it was going to be about later episodes. I wanted to see Vegeta and Trunks! :P Ha ha. I'm kinda disappointed, but I know I'll watch it anyway. Just because I love that anime.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
26 Nov 07
the director should really do justice to it, dragonball is one of the animes that gained popularity ot only here in the east but als there in the west. it would be too much of a waste if the movie will flopped. I guess they are thinking that if the Piccolo saga becomes a success, then they can do sequels with trunks and vegeta. ^__^
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
So you mean Asian for the Asians!!!! Ha ha ha, I am not a dragonball fans but seems awkward. You are not being idealistic but you are trying to say is portraying a character in the movie should be also taken in consideration by the producer or the film maker.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
26 Nov 07
yup. to be specific, asians for asian films. just like crouching tiger hidden dragon was led by asian superstars. ^__^ its not much to wish for it right??
@slasxx (5)
• Brazil
17 Nov 07
OMG!! I really want see a dragon ball Z live action... because I'm a vegita fanatic! dragon ball dont have the most famous characters of the serie... only little goku and piccolo :~ ..... where is the japanese or chineses superstars????
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
you like vegeta? reminds me of someone. he likes vegeta too. he even made me draw vegeta. ^__^;; let's pray that the movie will be a big hit so it will have a sequel and we'll surely see vegeta. ^__^
@MatsuJun (68)
• Italy
17 Nov 07
wow ** seems intresting! I'll watch it ** thank you for the info!
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
you're welcome matsujun! ^__^
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
They have been so much rumor for dragon ball. Every year there is a new one. I will not believe it until they really started it. And for the moment on IMDB they only saying the movie will be release in 2010. So there is can be a lot of changes until then. It would have been great to have an all asian cast, but I think they want it to be more commercial. But I'M sure fans all over the world would have watch it even if there was actor that they don't know (I don,t even know Justin Chatwin and i'm canadian lol). And anyways, it's still only a name for the moment. We will see later who are the actors in that movie :)
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
you gave me hope with that beyonce! ^__^ i hope when they make changes it will be for the better. yeah, i've finally realized that it is for commercialization purposes and i can't down them on that since they also have to profit in order to make a sequel! LOL and you're right there, whoever the actor will be, asian fans like ME, will go out of my way just to watch it. ^__^;;
16 Nov 07
U r being a bit Ideadlistic, just because it is asain based, it doesnt mean all of them have to be asain, it mite not be as popular in the west, although if u have a bit of both, u may have a successful film world wide.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
19 Nov 07
yeah i know. i'm being too idealistic. i admit that. ^__^;;