Most Bizarre Cast And Crew Ever.

Well, first off... the Dragonball movie has been in the works for ages (its been a torrid on-again/off-again affair). But it is now officially underway, and a large chunk of the cast has been revealed. And I must say, it's one of the most bizarre casts I've ever seen... especially when it comes to fitting the characters of the Dragonball universe.

Goku... Justin Chatwin (from The Invisible and War of the Worlds)

Piccolo... James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Yamcha... Joon Park (from the upcoming Speed Racer)

Mai... Eriko Tamura (from Heroes)

Bulma... rumored to be Emmy Rossum (from Phantom of the Opera)

Chi-Chi... Jamie Chung (dunno)

Master Roshi... Chow Yun-Fat (no introduction needed)

And on top of all that, it's being produced by Stephen Chow (of Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle fame) and directed by James Wong (Final Destination).

Random note: I think it's odd that the only white people seem to be the main male and female and the bad guy. Everybody else is Asian. Goku and Piccolo I can understand, seeing they're from different planets... and James Marsters should be/better be covered in green. But Bulma is from the same place everybody else is from... so why is she white? It's just interesting that they make a live action movie based off an anime/manga, and make a half white/half Asian cast. You'd think they'd either go one way or the other.

Anyway, what do y'all think? Or do y 'all even care?


  1. First off, I know nothing about Dragonball (nor do I really wish to).

    That said, I like that WoTW kid - he's a good actor with a bright future, imo.

    Great point about the white/asian actors and the roles. I would agree with you, but would challenge you to list (for starters) 3 "Name" male Asian actors under 30. I can rattle off a ton of actor's names (I always think I'd be a good casting director), and I can only think of one that comes close - John Cho from Harold and Kumar, and even that's a stretch. There may be some more famous women, but not too many men...

    ETA: that's not a stretch, it's just plain false. He will turn 36 (!) in June.

  2. I agree. I don't have any PROBLEM with who was cast and such, I just think it's a weird cast/crew. Also, as for having 'name' actors/actresses, I really don't think it would be necessary for this movie. The Dragonball series had a big enough following back in the day to where they don't really need a huge name in every role. I think Chow Yun-Fat is enough, really. But Ziyi Zhang/Zhang Ziyi (however you wanna say it) is (barely) under 30 and she's a huge Asian name. The problem with her would be the language barrier and/or heavy accent.

  3. This has got to be a film that targets an audience without an idea what is Dragonball and what is a good movie. At least guys all over the Americas and perhapse Japan are boycotting this


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