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How to Train your Dragon 2 – Movie Review!!!


This had been one of the most awaited animated movies of this year. After the success of the first part, there were loads of expectations that were clinging on to the sequel. And i can safely say that they have stood tall to all the expectations that atleast I had from the flick. So Hickup and Night Fury are back with the rest of the Berk island members and the dragons and to describe how the adventure was this time round in one word would be “FreakingAmazinglyAwesome”!

The movie has everything that is needed to make a third movie possible. The humor, the fast paced action, the drama, the emotions and the animation… It is a complete package. The humor would make you laugh while clapping your hands, the action would push you to the edge of your seats and the emotional scenes would ring that emotional bell in your hearts. The story goes around Hickup finally meeting his long lost mother after 20 years, who he thought was actually dead, and a character named Drogo Bludvist, who unlike our hero Vikings, likes to ride and control the dragons by means of force and punishments. And so you end up having two sides to the dragons going at each other. Toothless, the beloved Night Fury has (off course) a major role to play in the movie as he discovers pretty exciting things about himself and has to go through a heck of a ride trying to protect his friend Hickup all through out the movie.

I just can’t wait for the next movie, which was confirmed back in 2010 itself and is already slated for release in 2016. I would give the movie an easy 4 out of 5 stars!!!

****/5 Hope you like it just as much!



DragonBall Evolution Among The Top 5 Most Anticipated Movie Of The Year!!!!

Yes DB fans!!!! According to a show aired on Star network named “VIP Access”, which brings news about the latest movie, DragonBall Evolution is among the top 5 most anticipated movies of the year! The chart was topped by the movie Avatar!!

avatarmovieThere are a few new pics of our own DB Evolution which were posted on dbthemovie.com. Here they are!


Did you like them??????

And how do you feel about DB Evolution getting so much respect!?

Dragon Ball Evolution Story – Part 2!

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So!! Dear DB Evolution fans! The second part of the story of  the movie “Dragon Ball Evolution” was posted on dbthemovie.com. Here it is for you all now!!!

I just loved it all till now!

Just read it and enjoy!!

“Goku’s quest – with nothing less than the fate of our world at stake – begins innocently enough in the backyard of his grandfather’s home, where Gohan is training the young man in some exotic martial arts moves. It is Goku’s 18th birthday, and Gohan’s gift to his grandson is a Dragonball, a small, round ball whose surface is smooth and pearl-like, but with a milky translucence that gives it depth. Four stars float inside the ball. There are only six others like it in the world, and it is said the seven Dragonballs together will grant the holder one perfect wish.

Connected to the legend of the Dragonballs is Goku’s own mysterious past – he never knew his parents – as well as the coming solar eclipse, which superstitions mark as a sign of a coming apocalypse. Gohan promises to reveal all to Goku at the special birthday dinner Gohan is preparing for his grandson.

But Goku skips out on Gohan’s feast, to attend a party hosted by Chi Chi, a fellow student to whom Goku is drawn. As the two teens get to know one another, a tragedy at home is triggered by the arrival of a dark force – propelling Goku, Roshi, Bulma, Yamcha and Chi Chi into a race to collect all seven Dragonballs. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Goku will face the deadliest enemies on Earth, master a powerful force called Ki, which marshals the energy of the universe – and learn the truth of his incredible past…and of a potentially unthinkable future.

Turning a beloved global property into a motion picture event is no easy task, and it took years after Twentieth Century Fox acquired the rights to the graphic novel series Dragonball to make that happen. A big-screen adaptation finally began to come together when filmmaker James Wong, who has worked extensively in the science fiction/fantasy genre, took an interest in the property. Wong recalls: “I read the mangas, which really sparked my interest in the property. The graphic novels take us to a fantastic world with great characters – and they’re a lot of fun.”

Inspired by the manga, Wong and screenwriter Ben Ramsey worked to achieve a mix of action, humor and character relationships for the new movie. “We strove to hit the right combination of the fantastic and the relatable,” says Wong. Huge action set pieces, state of the art visual effects, and elaborate martial arts sequences would be key elements of “DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION,” but there was also much to explore with the characters, their rich histories, and their evolving relationships.

“I believe that the appeal of Dragonball, beyond its super-cool action, is the richly creative world that Akira Toriyama invented,” says Ramsey. “There is a complexity and humanity to the superhuman characters who inhabit that world, as well as an overwhelming sense of optimism that its lead character (Goku) embellishes.”

The challenges in adapting Dragonball for the big screen were formidable, starting with creating a story that would satisfy the hardcore fans and introduce the world to non-fans. “So the concept was to start off in a world that felt familiar, then gradually introduce the fantastic elements of Dragonball, so by mid-movie we are in full on Dragonball mode,” notes Ramsey.

“The biggest challenge in adapting a manga or animated series for a live action movie is the burden of reality,” he continues. “Once characters are brought to life by flesh and blood humans, the rules change, if ever so slightly. Animated characters can get away with a lot more than live action characters. Writing for live action characters has to allow for nuance in dialogue, character dynamics and action.”

Ramsey and Wong took note of the fact that the manga’s characters and environments are central to its universal appeal and relatability. “DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION,” like the manga, is set in the near future, in a multi-cultural environment. It is a world where “future and past become one,” says Wong, and where “race plays no significant role.” To that end, the casting process for the film was, as Wong puts it, “color blind.” The production set up casting offices in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, London, Hong Kong and Japan – “the broadest net we’ve ever thrown over a casting process,” notes the director.

Justin Chatwin landed the role of Goku after an exhaustive worldwide search. Goku is a high school student whose innocence and guilelessness are left behind when he begins his hero’s journey. “The character has a great arc – from high school nerd to the planet’s savior,” says Wong. “One minute, Goku is a high school student who doesn’t fit in with his peers; the next, he’s on an incredible quest.” Chatwin sparked to the idea of the hero’s journey, having long been an admirer of the work of mythologists like Joseph Campbell, whose writings often dealt with the role of the hero figure. “Goku begins his journey as an everyday teen who discovers he’s meant for something more,” says Chatwin. “He becomes a symbol of moral good.”

Goku’s transformative journey is all well and good, as are his martial arts skills, but a subject of equal scrutiny was the character’s….hair. The legions of Dragonball fans identify Goku through his uniquely styled, spiked coif. “That was my first question to Jimmy Wong,” says Chatwin with a laugh. “‘What are you going to do with the hair?’ It’s so important, that even the hair has an arc!” (Goku’s hairstyle evolves through the film into its signature, spiky “do.”)

One of the first steps in Goku’s journey is to seek out Roshi, an elderly Master who completes Goku’s training, helps him unlock the secret of his past – and joins him in a quest to save the world. Roshi is unlike any Eastern Master you’ve seen before; he has an eye for the ladies and favors Hawaiian shirts. According to Wong, the role required nothing less than an iconic actor who could convey the character’s many dimensions and incredible abilities. “We had to really reach high to find our Roshi,” says Wong, “and we decided to just go for it and approach Chow Yun-Fat,” the legendary international superstar who has toplined some of the cinema’s most acclaimed action films, including the Oscar®-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Chow wasn’t an obvious physical match to the Roshi fans know from the manga and anime. Wong explains: “In the manga, Roshi is a quirky, elderly figure, who’s unpredictable. He’s definitely not your traditional Master who dispenses sage advice.” While no amount of makeup and prosthetics could transform the strapping Chow – whom People magazine called one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world, and the Los Angeles Times termed “the coolest actor in the world” – into the diminutive, aged figure of the manga, Chow worked hard to capture the character’s spirit. “I’ve never had the kind of challenge I’ve had with the role of Roshi,” says the actor. “There is so much to him – humor, action, romance, emotion. He has extraordinary powers, but he’s still funny, recognizable and human.”

One of the many ideas the actor proposed for the character was donning gray-tinted contact lenses, hinting at the onset of cataracts. “I thought the lenses would add to the realism and relatability of Roshi,” says Chow, who also regularly practiced Tai Chi and mediation before and during the shoot.

Thrilled to be working with a cinema icon, the cast and crew were equally impressed with Chow’s work ethic off camera. He never retreated to his trailer to relax between scenes, and would often help out the camera crew – including moving heavy equipment (becoming the most high-profile grip in the business). “Chow never left the set,” marvels director of photography Robert McLachlan, ASC/CSC. “He was like part of the crew.” But to Chow, his behind-the-scenes work was not a big deal. “It’s how we’ve been doing things in Hong Kong since the beginning of my career in television,” he points out. “The crews were tiny, and we always helped each other out.”

Chow was an inspiration to all, especially the younger actors like Justin Chatwin and Jamie Chung. Chung has the lead role in the popular ABC Family series “Samurai Girl,” whose title character possesses fighting skills that came in handy for “DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION”. One of today’s brightest and most appealing young stars, Chung brought much more to Chi Chi than martial abilities. She has the sparkling energy necessary to fully capture the two sides of the character. “Chi Chi is the ‘It Girl’ – the most popular girl in high school,” says Chung. “She comes from a wealthy family, and everyone expects certain things from her. But she has a second life – a secret life – marked by her passion to fight. She comes off like the girl next door, but when she turns it on, she kicks butt!”

The burgeoning relationship between Chi Chi and Goku comes from, in part, them being kindred spirits. “Chi Chi is drawn to Goku’s secret ability to fight,” says Chung. “She feels there’s something really special about Goku, and she’s able to bring that out in him.”

Another beautiful young woman joining Goku in his quest is Bulma, a scientist described in the manga as the “smartest girl in the world.” The film retains the manga character’s confidence, intensity and intelligence – and the fact that she knows exactly what she wants. And what Bulma wants is the Dragonball stolen from her father’s company. Wielding a laser-guided, high-tech magnum pistol and a Dragonball-tracker, Bulma will do anything to retrieve the five-starred Dragonball, which she thinks will supply an unlimited source of energy – and immense financial rewards.

Emmy Rossum appreciated the challenges of playing such a multi-faceted character whose hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners attitude begins to change after she joins Goku and Roshi on their search for the Dragonballs. “Bulma comes to realize that life is about much more than her personal quest,” says Rossum. “The character in the manga and now our film is so alive, funny and spunky. She’s anything but ordinary.” A bonus for the actress was learning to ride Bulma’s speedster, which the production created from a Harley motorcycle.

In the manga, Bulma sports a blue bob, which became her signature look. Rossum recalls that the filmmakers tried different ways to capture that coloring and style, including dyes, hair extensions and wigs, but ultimately went in a more realistic direction. Nevertheless, there are traces of blue and purple laced throughout the character’s wardrobe.

In their search for the Dragonballs, Goku, Roshi and Bulma face their adversary, Lord Piccolo. As depicted in the manga, Piccolo is a complex and intriguing figure whose journey sees him embodying both good and evil. For in the Dragonball mythos, any character can turn from good to evil, and vice versa. James Marsters, beloved to millions of fans around the world for his lengthy stint as the vampire Spike in the hit television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” portrays Piccolo in the film. His Piccolo is the story’s antagonist – “In the film, Piccolo is a figure of decrepitude, and his goals are centered on revenge,” says Marsters – but there are hints that his journey is very much an evolving process.

Working with Piccolo is Mai, an exotic beauty tainted by malevolence. Her weapons of choice are throwing knives known as shiruken. Japanese-born actress Eriko, who came to “DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION” after wrapping a recurring role on “Heroes,” says she enjoyed playing a “strong, tough woman on a mission.” James Wong adds that Eriko gives the role a “special quality and toughness.”

Rounding out the starring cast is Joon Park as Yamcha. Looking to get rich, quickly, Yamcha traps Goku, Roshi and Bulma in the desert. But eventually, he joins them in their journey. Park, a rock star in his native Korea, has performed in front of 100,000 screaming fans – an experience that helped him capture the essence of the character. “Joon has all the qualities necessary for Yamcha, including charisma and a sense of mischief,” says Wong. “Yamcha is tough on the outside, but inside there’s a soft heart,” adds Park. “Something in his past has scarred him, and he likes to skim across the details of life, looking for money.””

Thanks to dbthemovie.com for the story!

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Dragon Ball Evolution Story Beginning Part


This was posted on dragonball-live.fr.com and is posted here as it was found there. Thanks to the web site for the story.

This is a spoiler, so only those of you who can’t wait for the movie to come out must read this post!

(the following is not word for word for legal reasons)

From the very first page the evolution is clear. The script starts off with Grandpa Gohan training Goku on the laundry lines like it was shown in the trailer. What is not shown in the trailer is Grandpa Gohan teaching Goku about Ki after using it against him while training. “Your ki is your best defense and your greatest weapon,” he explains. “Can you feel it? It’s all around you. The energy of life. Gather it. Focus the power.” Goku tries but unsuccessfully focuses his ki.

“Someday, I’ll beat you,” he says. Grandpa Gohan then responds humorously (our first glimpse of humor), “Yes, it will be something to tell your friends. Beating a seventy year old man.”

This Dragonball-esque exchange then makes way for something exclusive to the movie: high school student Goku. Luckily, we don’t get much of it.

“What friends?” he replies. “I don’t fit into any group.”
“You’re special, Goku,” Gohan explains.
“Sometimes… they push me so far I want to explode. I could tear them apart with one hand.”
“I don’t train you to fight with boys.”
“Then why am I doing this? Teach me something useful. Teach me how to be normal.”
“You have to have faith in who you are.”

This surprising exchange for Dragonball fans quickly turns into something familiar.

Gohan tries to cheer Goku up. “Happy birthday. Thought I forgot?” He reaches into his pocket and hands him a package.

Goku smiles then eagerly tears open the small brown paper wrapped present.

“Suushinchu is yours.”
“What is it?” Goku says intrigued.
“It’s a Dragon Ball.”

He then goes on to explain a little bit about it. It’s explained basically like the anime. 7 Dragon Balls, when gathered together, will summon Shen Long the Dragon God and he will grant you the perfect wish. “Thanks Grandpa,” Goku nods, honoring Gohan.

“After school we celebrate. I’ll cook all your favorites!”

The school scenes. They are, in actuality, not that bad. The rumors circulating this part of the movie have been greatly exaggerated. It really only exists to showcase Goku’s difference. It is also home to the first glimpse of the Oozaru (granted, all that happens is his eyes turn red, but it’s foreshadowing to the rest of the movie).

It starts off with Goku riding his scooter through the parking lot, weaving his way through traffic, showing part of his power. This doesn’t last long when two bullies squeeze into a parking spot with their car and crush Goku’s bike while he barely manages to dive out of the way.

The following is a simplified version of the exchange:

“Hey! you just wrecked my bike! You’re gonna pay for that.”

The camera drops down to Goku’s fist. He squeezes it in anger.

“You start it, I’ll end it,” Fuller mocks.

Goku holds back punching the bully, knowing he’s not allowed to fight.

“Nothing. I knew it. There better not be a scratch on my car from your piece of shit.”

They leave. Goku drops his head swallowing his anger. The camera pushes in on his rage, his eyes appear darker and tinged with red. The class bell rings snapping him out of his daze.

When everyone in the parking lot is gone, Goku takes a breath and gathers his strength. He secures his grip on the car and lifts it. He is trying to get the bike. A high-tech car alarm goes off so Goku leaves the scene.

There is only one scene of actual classes, and Goku is anything but smart. The whole time he appears bored, uninterested and the one question he is asked he answers in a very stupid way.

The entire class is about the solar eclipse, which is foreshadowing to later parts of the movie. It’s not a terrible scene, just not very Dragonball-esque. But, after all, we all kind of knew the high school scenes would be different from the anime.

Luckily, though, Goku acts like I think a modern Goku would act throughout these scenes. He daydreams at one point about being in a meadow full of juicy strawberries and Chi-Chi is there and they are happy together. Yeah, obviously there’s gotta be a romance. It isn’t very cliche, though.

There’s a couple good lines from Goku in this scene but I won’t spoil them.

Class is over after a very short amount of time.

Goku sees Chi-Chi in the hallways struggling to get her locker open. He focuses his energy into a very small ki blast to try and open the locker, but he’s shocked to find out his small little push of ki knocked over every single locker in the hallway. Oops.

Chi-Chi looks over. “Did you do that?”
“Uh yeah. It was something my Grandpa taught me.”
Shocked, he says, “You know about ki?”
“Just because my name is Chi-Chi doesn’t mean I’m an idiot.”

Chi-Chi invites Goku to a party at her house, ending the high school parts for good. It lasted about 12 or 13 pages but since there’s a few key scenes that take time to explain (the Oozaru daze for instance) it could translate into 15 minutes on screen.

What comes next is our introduction to Piccolo and the death of a major character. The real movie begins.

I really want to stress the high school scenes do not represent the other pages. It’s almost like a completely different movie tacked on to get mainstream audiences hooked. They handle it way better than “Transformers” did, I think, because it actually fits in with the story somewhat. It has foreshadowing. Glimpses of his power. Humor. Corny at times, but it’s a small price to pay, and maybe they changed some of the corny lines in a later draft. I will keep you updated if and when I know if any changes happen to the high school scenes.

Oh, and just to clarify one thing:

Weaver is not Krillin. He has 1 line. He’s not even a real character and he’s not even friends with Goku in this draft. Even the actor himself has said he was only on set for one day, and I’m guessing for only an hour or two. He has maybe 20 seconds of screen time.

(the following is not word for word for legal reasons)

Gohan stands in front of a gigantic blazing wok as he cooks Goku’s feast.

Gohan yells for Goku: “I got fresh chicken feet! Couldn’t find good swallow’s tongue. You want those with or without the heads!?” He continues to cook disgusting things which is quite comical.

Goku gets ready for Chi-Chis party. His hair is sticking up like spikes. He grabs a bottle of hair gel and squeezes out a huge gob of gel and applies it. The hair springs back up like a porcupine’s spikes. He gives up on his hair and then leaves for the party.

Grandpa Gohan lights the last candle on the birthday cake. “Goku… happy birthday! Life is short, we eat dessert first!” But Goku has left.

Goku drops from the second story to the ground. He looks at Gohan holding the cake through a window. He considers. But he continues on.

At the party, music is blaring and cars start to pull in. Goku walks up.

This is just the typical bully scene that has to happen in pretty near every superhero movie. I don’t particularly like it, but I’ll wait and see how it plays out in the film. It really depends on the acting and directing.

Agundus, a bully, notices Goku: “What are you doing here?”
“I’m here for the party,” Goku replies.

A bunch of bullies walk up joining Agundus.

“I was invited. I’m not looking for any trouble.”

Agundus retorts with “Turn around and walk away and no one will ever know you were here.”

Goku sighs. He turns back to the bullies.

“I’m not doing that anymore.”

The bullies get pissed.

“I made a promise I wouldn’t fight.”

A very comical Stephen Chow-esque fight happens next. The bullies actually attack Goku but he doesn’t attack back. He just dodges their punches and kicks, and the bullies hit each other by mistake.

“Missed again.”

Some slow-mo shots. I don’t really want to describe all the action, but it sounds cool.

Eventually, all the bullies are on the ground, beat up by themselves. Carey Fuller walks out of the house and notices his friends beaten.

He comes at Goku with a pole but Goku uses the windshield of Carey Fuller’s car as his defense. Carey smashes his car trying to hit Goku. But eventually Goku wins this “fight” effortlessly.

Meanwhile, back at Grandpa Gohan’s house…

Gohan sits in the middle of the living area. His body is folded lotus style. Meditating.

There is an ominous force outside of the home. Gohan is waiting for Goku to return. He calls out his name, “Goku?”

The door bursts open revealing Mai. Like in the trailer, Mai throws half a dozen shuriken knives toward Gohan. Gohan picks up the bow staff as it becomes a blur in his hands. He deflects every single shuriken.

Directly from the script:

From behind Mai, another form appears. LORD PICCOLO moves out of the shadows into the room. His face is lined with bitterness and pain, but his travails have not diminished his awesome power.

CAMERA PUSHES IN on Gohan as a terrifying realization builds. Piccolo stares at the old man. He slowly shakes his head.

It’s not here. . .


The powerful fingers curl, closing…


CAMERA PUSHES IN on the old man, ready for battle. Suddenly, the house begins to shake.

Gohan drops to his knees, his body strains like he’s fighting an invisible force. Piccolo and Mai walk out of the house and Lord Piccolo clenches his fist and as if a powerful force had crushed it in the palm of its hand, the house collapses.

They walk toward the camera as the house implodes into a pile of rubble. MEANWHILE, at the party…

Goku is alone with Chi-Chi. They both talk about martial arts and they share a connection together or something. I really ignored this part. Chi-Chi leans in for a kiss, and Goku smiles. But suddenly, he leans back.

Goku breaks the moment, “Something’s wrong.”

He backs away from her.

“Something is wrong with my Grandpa.”

He leaves the party and returns home. Goku runs up to the broken house in shock. “Grandpa!!!” Without worrying about his safety, he rushes into what’s left of the house.

He crawls along the floor making his way through the destruction. Gohan is hidden under trashed furniture. Goku throws the furniture back with great force.

Goku carries Gohan to their peaceful garden. “Grandpa, I’m getting help.” Gohan urges him to stay where he is, as “not much time is left.”

Goku apologizes for everything in a heartfelt scene, and he asks who did this. “Piccolo… Piccolo has returned.”

He looks into Goku’s eyes. “Suushinchu… is it safe?”

Goku takes the Dragon Ball out of his pocket and shows it to Gohan. The stars within the Dragon Ball begin to glow.

Goku has a vision. A quick series of shots. An asteroid totally engulfed in flame enters the Earth’s atmosphere. It burrows into the ground. In the cracked burning rock, a MONSTROUS RED EYE opens.

Startled by the images, Goku drops the dragon ball.

“Find Master Roshi… in Paozu… tell him Piccolo has returned. He will know what to do…”

His lungs fill with fluid and he breaks out into coughs.

As he comes closer to death, “Seven Dragon Balls must be found… for all man’s fate… will be bound… to battle forces of death… and compel Shen Long… to appear.”

“Grandpa, stop. You have to rest…”

Gohan looks into Goku’s eyes for the last time. “You must find the Dragon Balls before the eclipse. I’m sorry I cannot join you on this journey. Remember… always have faith in who you are.”

Gohan dies and it cuts to morning.

Another heartfelt scene occurs with Goku standing above Gohan’s grave with a special kind of tree he planted to “nourish life amongst the dead.”

Let’s fast forward to Gohan’s room. Goku finds an old, iron chest at the foot of Gohan’s bed. He opens it up to find a pristine orange gi. The trademark gi from the anime.

He pulls it out of the chest and touches the material as if connecting with his grand father again. He puts the gi back in the chest. He hears a noise in the house.

On the ground floor, Goku can feel a figure stalking him. He moves fast, trying to contain his rage.

Goku runs through the house until a bright red dot suddenly appears on his forehead. A futuristic pistol is followed by none other than Bulma!

“Where’s my Dragon Ball?” she says to Goku.

Without an ounce of fear, he confronts her.

“Are you Piccolo?”
“Just answer my question. I know it’s here.”

Goku is intensely confused.

“Did you kill my Grandfather?”
“Listen idiot, if I was a “Piccolo,” whatever that is, I wouldn’t tell you. And if I killed your Grandfather, I would have shot you by now. Somebody stole my Dragon Ball and I’m here to get it back.”

Bulma pulls out the Dragonball Energy Locator (Dragon Radar in the anime). It beeps and blinks wildly.”