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  Daizenshuu EX - Guides - Movie Guide - DragonBall Z Movie # 1  

DragonBall Z Movie # 1

Theatrical Title:
"Doragonbôru Z"

("DragonBall Z")

Toei Home Video Title:
"Ora no Gohan o Kaese!!"

("Return My Gohan!!")

"Dead Zone"


Basic Synopsis

An evil little being resembling a miniature blue Namekian and/or Emperor Pilaf (but whose actual race is never mentioned), Garlic Jr., is gathering all of the Dragon Balls together to wish for immortality. Since young Gohan has Sûshinchû (Si Xing Qiu, the 4-star ball) sewn to his cap, Gohan is kidnapped by Garlic's minions. This causes Goku to seek out Garlic (whose mansion is located on a black island to the south of Kame House). Garlic also wants to get rid of Kami-sama (who beat Garlic Jr.'s father to the throne of Kami for the Earth), so his minions attempt to kill Piccolo (if Piccolo dies, Kami-sama also dies, and vice versa). Kami-sama and Piccolo join in the battle, as does Kuririn. The minions are wasted, but Garlic Jr. already made his wish.. immortality. Garlic and Kami-sama fight it out, and Garlic wins. Before Garlic Jr. has the chance to kill Kami-sama, Goku and Piccolo show up together, and team up to fight the now-immortal beast.

Garlic Jr. gets beaten up a bit by Goku and Piccolo, so he decides to create a "Dead Zone" (seemingly like a black hole) which threatens to suck everyone in and kill them. But Gohan (who had eaten a hallucinagenic apple, and is still feeling a bit of a buzz) gets angry, and blasts Garlic into the Dead Zone. The Dead Zone closes, sticking Garlic into a form of eternal hell.

[ paraphrased synopsis courtesy Curtis Hoffman's movie descriptions ]


Release / General Information

Japanese Premiere Date: 15 July 1989
Japanese Premiere Location: Toei Manga Festival
Japanese Availability:


Domestic Release Date: 9 December 1997
Domestic Availability: VHS (English Dubbed, Uncut)
VHS (Japanese Lan., English Subtitled, Uncut)
LaserDisc (Hybrid English / Japanese, Uncut)
DVD (Hybrid English / Japanese, Uncut)
Opening Theme: "CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA"
[ Lyrics ]
Insert Song: "Tenka-ichi Gohan"
("The World's Greatest Gohan")
[ Lyrics ]
Ending Theme: "Detekoi Tobikiri ZENKAI Pawâ!"
("Come Out, Incredible ZENKAI Power!")
[ Lyrics ]


Main Staff

Executive Producer: Chiaki Imada
Original Story: Akira Toriyama (Weekly Shônen Jump Serialization)
Planning: Kôzô Morishita
Production Supervisor: Matsuji Kishimoto
Screenplay: Takao Koyama
Background Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi
Art Director: Yûji Ikeda
Animation Director: Minoru Maeda
Director: Daisuke Nishio


Principal Cast

Son Goku: Masako Nozawa Peter Kelamis
Son Gohan: Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson
Demon King Piccolo: Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil
Bulma: Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg
Kuririn: Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen
Chi-Chi: Mayumi Shô Laara Sadiq
Gyû-Maô [Bull Demon King]: Daisuke Gôri Dale Wilson
Kami-sama: Takeshi Aono Michael Dobson
Ginger: Kôji Totani Dave Ward
Sansho: Yukinori Hori Don Brown
Nicky: Shigeru Chiba Ward Perry
Garlic Jr.: Akira Kamiya Dave Ward
Shenlong: Kenji Utsumi  
Narration: Jôji Yanami Doc Harris