Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies

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Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
Dragon Ball, Curse of the Blood Rubies.jpg
Japanese film poster
Japanese ドラゴンボール (original title)
ドラゴンボール 神龍の伝説
Hepburn Doragon Bōru (original title)
Doragon Bōru Shenron no Densetsu
Directed by Daisuke Nishio
Produced by Chiaki Imada[ja] (executive producer)
Screenplay by Toshiki Inoue
Based on Dragon Ball
by Akira Toriyama
Starring see below
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Cinematography Motoaki Ikegami
Edited by Shin'ichi Fukumitsu
Production
company
Distributed by Toei Company, Ltd.
Release date
  • December 20, 1986 (1986-12-20) (Japan)
Running time
50 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office

¥1.25 billion

(US$7.8 million)

Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, known in Japan as Dragon Ball during its initial theatrical release and later retitled Dragon Ball: Shenron no Densetsu (ドラゴンボール 神龍の伝説, Doragon Bōru Shenron no Densetsu, lit. Dragon Ball: The Legend of Shenlong) for its home video release, is the first in a series of feature films in the Dragon Ball anime franchise, based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. The film is a modified adaptation of the initial story arc in the manga, with the original character King Gurumes substituting Emperor Pilaf's role as the main antagonist. Like in the manga, it depicts how Goku meets up with Bulma, as well as Oolong, Yamcha, Puar and finally Master Roshi during his first search for the Dragon Balls.

Curse of the Blood Rubies was originally released in Japan on December 20, 1986 at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival, where it was shown as part of a triple feature along with Gegege no Kitarō Gekitotsu!! Ijigen Yōkai no Dai Hanran and Kinnikuman - Seigi Choujin vs. Senshi Choujin.

Plot[edit]

The film began with a prologue as the narrator explains to the viewers about how the Dragon Balls, seven orange balls with different number of red stars on each one, were forged and scattered throughout the Earth. It is said that when all seven are gathered together, the Eternal Dragon named Shenron; custodian of the Dragon Balls, will rise from his fiery lair and grant whoever summoned him any one wish. Afterwards, the Dragon Balls will again scatter all over the world while Shenron returns to his lair until another "brave or foolish soul" will find and reunite these magical balls.

In the present, the soldiers of King Gurumes are destroying the homes and lands of farmers within his kingdom to look for "Blood Rubies". His two main enforcers are Pasta and Bongo (Raven and Major Domo in the 1995 dub), whom he has also tasked with finding the Dragon Balls. Since finding the Blood Rubies, King Gurumes has fallen under a curse that makes his hunger insatiable. He hopes to wish the curse away with the Dragon Balls. A little girl named Pansy (Penny in the 1995 dub), after her father gets a brutal beaten by Bongo in defending her, decides to go and find help.

Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy with special strength, is living alone in the wildness of Mount Pazou. There, he was found and raised as a baby by his late Grandpa Gohan, who train his adoptive grandson in martial arts. At this time, he had a magical staff called the Power Pole which will grow its length on his command, and unknowingly owns a four-star Dragon Ball which was thought to have his grandfather's spirit inside. While Goku is catching a giant fish, a blue-haired teenage girl named Bulma is also searching for the Dragon Balls with the help of a device called a Dragon Radar. Before she can reach for the next ball after spotting the fighter jet of Pasta and Bongo heading the same direction toward its location, she runs into Goku. Thinking Bulma is a monster, Goku prepares to attack her to not let her steal his fish, but Bulma convinces him that she is a human. After learning that Bulma is a girl, Goku tells her that his grandpa gave him the Dragon Ball before he died. Pasta and Bongo arrive at Goku's home and steal his Dragon Ball, just before he and Bulma arrive only to find a gold coin which Pasta put on as payment. They flee in their fighter jet, and Bulma and Goku give chase in Bulma's jet. The duo is easily gaining the upper hand, but they are shot down by Pasta. As they both fell, Goku saves Bulma by sending her to a nearby cliff with his Power Pole while he plunges into the river.

Later that night, Goku and Bulma are looking for food in the forest when they find Pansy being accosted by a large monster named Oolong, who has the ability to shape-shift into any other forms. Oolong flees when Goku proves his strength by destroying a large tree, but he chases the shape-shifter and, knocking him down with his Power Pole, finds out that his true form is that of a pig. While snapping at the curious Goku, Oolong freaks out when he realizes they have landed in the territory of Yamcha the Desert Bandit. Then suddenly, Yamcha and his sidekick Puar, Oolong's former classmate from the shape-shifting school where he was expelled for stealing the teacher's panties, attacks the duo. Goku battles Yamcha through weapon fighting which later moves onto their special movies such as Yamcha's Wolf Fang Fist and Goku's Rock-Scissors-Paper, but their duel is cut short when Bulma arrives. Yamcha has a paralyzing fear of beautiful women upon seeing Bulma and, chipping off his tooth after crashing down from the cliff where he and Goku are standing on to fight, he and Puar retreat. In Oolong's campout, Pansy tells Bulma and the others about her people’s plight and how she must find the great Master Roshi the Turtle Hermit. But little do the group know is that Yamcha and Puar have returned, overhearing everything about the Dragon Balls. The next day, Yamcha and Puar prepares for their trip to Master Roshi's island in order to get rid of Goku and his friends while going after the Dragon Balls for themselves. As part of their scheme, Yamcha vows that he will wish away his shyness around girls so he could either get married or have a few dates, despite Puar's protest over the unnecessary need of all the treasures to rule the world. Back at his palace, King Gurumes now possesses five of the Dragon Balls and ensures that the last two will go next.

The team arrives on Master Roshi’s island, but Yamcha has arrived first and tricked Roshi into thinking Goku is there to steal his shell. To find out who’s telling the truth, Roshi summons the Flying Nimbus Cloud, a magic cloud which only an honest person can ride. Afte Roshi's failed attempt as a demonstration, Goku successfully rides it and clears his name; Yamcha flees again, vowing that he will be back. Master Roshi also says he will give Bulma his Dragon Ball, but only if she shows him her boobs. In order to avoid Roshi, Bulma uses Oolong to transform into her in order to trick the Turtle Hermit, and it works. But Pasta and Bongo arrive in a submarine and attack the island. One of Bulma's two Dragon Balls is stolen, and Roshi’s house is destroyed. Angered by the destruction of his house, Roshi powers up to the max and uses the Kamehameha to destroy the submarine, while Pasta and Bongo flee in an escape jet. Pansy asks Roshi to help her defeat King Gurumes, but he declines, saying that he is an old man, and assures Pansy that Goku and Bulma will be all the help she needs. That night at King Gurumes' palace, Pasta states her report about the arrival of the final Dragon Ball, much to her master's delight.

The next day, the team journey to King Gurumes' palace and are immediately attacked by the king’s air force. Bulma, Oolong and Pansy are shot down while Goku has an aerial duel with Bongo, in which the monkey-tailed fighter destroys Bongo's hovercraft. Yamcha and Puar also arrive and infiltrate the palace, where they meet up with the group. Yamcha is attacked by Pasta, but is unable to fight back because of his phobia of beautiful women, so they flee with Pasta in hot pursuit. Goku defeats Bongo by knocking him through a wall with his Power Pole, and they all end up in King Gurumes' throne room. Fueled by both his own curse and hunger, King Gurumes transforms into a large, purple monster before the very eyes of the group, and after crushing Bonga flat, he attacks Goku to get the last Dragon Ball. Goku tries the Kamehameha in which he already learned from Master Roshi, despite the need to wait fifty years to learn, but it fails to destroy him. Bulma realizes the other six Dragon Balls are inside Gurumes' stomach, so she throws her Dragon Ball into his mouth. Shenron the Eternal Dragon erupts from King Gurumes' mouth and offers to grant one wish. Pansy wishes for her land to be peaceful and beautiful again. Shenron then removes all the Blood Rubies and makes the land fertile again. After granting the wish, the dragon vanishes and the Dragon Balls are scattered across the Earth again. King Gurumes' curse is lifted, as he is reduced to a small, bald man, Yamcha and Bulma decide to date much to Puar's joy and Oolong's annoyance of happy endings, and Goku, after returning the gold coin to Pasta, heads off to Master Roshi's island to train with the Turtle Hermit. After the film's credits, the land is shown to be fertile and beautiful again, as above the picture is the Japanese word for "The End."

New characters[edit]

Pansy (パンジ, Panji, Penny in the 1989 and 1995 English adaptations)
A young girl who seeks the help of the legendary martial artist Muten Roshi in order to rescue her home village from King Gourmes and his forces.
King Gourmeth (グルメス大王, Gurumesu Daiō, King Gurumes in all English adaptations)
The ruler of the Gourmeth Kingdom. Formerly a human king, his greediness to dig out all the Ritch Stones (リッチストーン, Ricchi Sutōn, called "Earth Rubies" in the 1989 English adaptation and "Blood Rubies" in 1995 and 2010 English adaptations) buried within his own kingdom has left his own people in economic ruins and he gradually transformed into a monster-like creature with a gluttonous appetite. Gourmeth is confronted by Goku and at the end of the movie, and he reverts back to his human form after Shenlong rids the Gourmeth Kingdom of all of its Ritch Stones. His name is a reference to gourmet.
Pasta (パスタ, Pasuta, Aldevia in the 1989 English adaptation and Raven in the 1995 English adaptation) and Vongo (ボンゴ, Bongo, Major Domo in the 1989 and 1995 English adaptations)
King Gourmeth's two main underlings, who are ordered to seek the Dragon Balls in order to quench his appetite. Pasta is a redheaded female soldier, while Major Vongo is a big strong male one. Their names refer to pasta and vongole sauce respectively.

Cast[edit]

Originally released in Japan in 1986, this film has been dubbed into English multiple times.

Character Name Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Harmony Gold, 1989)
English voice actor
(Funimation/BLT Productions, 1995)
English voice actor
(AB Groupe, c. 2003)[1]
English voice actor
(Funimation, 2010)
Goku Masako Nozawa Barbara Goodson (Betty Gustafson) as Zero Saffron Henderson Jodie Forrest Colleen Clinkenbeard
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Wendee Lee (Wendee Swan) as Lena Maggie Blue O'Hara
Lalainia Lindbjerg (Ep. 2 scenes only)
Sharon Mann Monica Rial
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Dave Mallow (Colin Phillips) as Mao Mao
Barry Stigler (transformations)
Alec Willows David Gasman Bryan Massey
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Kerrigan Mahan (Ryan O'Flannigan) as Zedaki Ted Cole David Gasman[2] Christopher R. Sabat
Pu-erh Naoko Watanabe Cheryl Chase (Carole Wilder) as Squeaker Kathy Morse Jodie Forrest Brina Palencia
Kame-Sennin (Turtle Hermit) Kōhei Miyauchi Clifton Wells (Clif Wells) as Master Roshi Michael Donovan as Master Roshi Ed Marcus Mike McFarland as Master Roshi
Shenlong Kenji Utsumi Steve Kramer (Drew Thomas) as Dragon God Doug Parker Ed Marcus Christopher R. Sabat as Shenron
Pasta Mami Koyama Edie Mirman (Penny Sweet) as Aldevia Teryl Rothery as Raven Sharon Mann Kate Oxley
Pansy Tomiko Suzuki Rebecca Forstadt (Reba West) as Penny Andrea Libman as Penny Unknown Cherami Leigh
Pansy's Dad Shōzō Iizuka Steve Kramer (Drew Thomas) as Penny's Dad Michael Donovan as Penny's Dad Unknown Brian Mathis
Pansy's Mom Reiko Suzuki Unknown as Penny's Mom Kathy Morse as Penny's Mom Unknown Dana Schultes
Umigame Daisuke Gōri Dan Woren (Don Warner) as Turtle Doug Parker as Turtle Doug Rand Christopher R. Sabat as Turtle
Soldier Kōji Totani Barry Stigler Doug Parker Unknown Z. Charles Bolton
Vongo Gorō Naya Michael McConnohie (Jeremy Platt) as Major Domo Robert O. Smith as Major Domo Paul Bandey[3] Jonathan Brooks as Bongo
King Gourmeth Shūichirō Moriyama Mike Reynolds (Ray Michaels) as King Gurumes Garry Chalk as King Gurumes Paul Bandey[4] Jeremy Inman as King Gurumes
Villagers Masaharu Satō
Kazumi Tanaka
Masato Hirano
N/A Michael Donovan
Doug Parker
Kathy Morse
Unknown Kevin Leasur
Eric Cherry
Daniel Fredrick
Dana Schultes
Charlie Campbell
Micah Solusod
Narrator Jōji Yanami Michael McConnohie (Jeremy Platt) Jim Conrad Ed Marcus John Swasey

Music[edit]

English dub soundtracks[edit]

The BLT English dub featured music composed by Peter Berring, with a theme song by Peter Berring and Brian Griffith.

The Funimation English dub featured an English version of the above theme songs performed by Jimi Tunnell and Daphne Gere respectively, which were recorded for the English adaptation of the television series.

English release[edit]

Curse of the Blood Rubies (originally titled Dragon Ball: The Movie and later, Dragon Ball: The Legend of Shenron) was originally licensed to Harmony Gold USA in 1989, who dubbed and released the film in conjunction with Mystical Adventure. The dub aired as a special to the TV series on WPSG Philly 57 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The dub was edited for content, and most of the characters were renamed. The audio track was recorded at InterSound, inc. in Hollywood, CA, United States. Because of the failure with Harmony Gold's release of the franchise, the Dragon Ball series was dropped, and the two movies went through several companies such as Trimark Pictures before being licensed to Funimation Productions in 1995.

The second English dub version of Curse of the Blood Rubies, which was produced by Funimation as a pilot to sell the Dragon Ball series to American syndicators, was originally premiered on syndication on September 9, 1995 (along with the first episode of the Emperor Pilaf Saga; Secret of the Dragon Ball), and released on VHS in North America by Trimark on September 24, 1996 (although it was produced in 1995). The dub version was also edited for content and used a scene from the second episode of the TV series to fill in lost time. However, unlike the previous dub, most of the series' returning characters got to keep their original names (though this dub did make use of most of the supporting character names from the 1989 dub, such as Penny). In addition, the dialogue was loosely based on the 1989 dub script. The audio track for the 1995 English dub was recorded in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The dub was later released on Region 1 DVD on October 24, 2000 as part of the Saga of Goku set from Trimark along with Funimation/BLT Productions' original dub of the first thirteen episodes of the TV series. For a long time, it was the only Dragon Ball movie that had yet to be released by Funimation in an uncut bilingual format due to licensing issues with Lions Gate Entertainment (who bought Trimark in 2002). The 1995 English dub was also released on DVD in Australia by Madman Entertainment as part of the Saga of Goku set released to Region 4 DVD, despite using Funimation's newer in-house dub of the first thirteen episodes.

Another English dub of the film was produced for European markets by AB Group and dubbed in France and aired in the UK as The Legend of Shenron on Toonami UK in the Summer of 2005, and was released on DVD as the alternate English language track on some European releases. The entire voice cast for this English dub is unknown.

In 2009, Funimation announced that they had acquired the Home Video rights to the film from Lions Gate Entertainment, and that the film will be released uncut. On April 6, 2010 Funimation announced that Curse of the Blood Rubies would be released to a bilingual DVD on July 27, 2010, but the release was delayed to December 28, 2010. Funimation announced the voice cast for a new English dub of the film on November 12, 2010.[5] The 2010 English dub is mostly unedited (the only visual edits being to the title and credit sequences), but the script was mostly recycled from the 1995 English dub (which itself was based on the 1989 dub script), with the most notable change being all the character names reverting to their originals. The audio was recorded in Dallas, TX, United States. However, very few voice actors from Funimation's English dub of the original Dragon Ball series reprised their roles for this film, with their replacements from the dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai (in production at the time) being used instead.

The film (containing the 2010 dubbing) was later re-released in a Dragon Ball Movie 4-Pack on February 8, 2011.[6]

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