Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might

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Dragon Ball Z: The Tree Of Might
Japanese box art
Directed byDaisuke Nishio
Produced byChiaki Imada [ja]
Tamio Kojima
Written byTakao Koyama
Screenplay byTakao Koyama
Based onDragon Ball
by Akira Toriyama
StarringSee below
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
CinematographyMotoaki Ikegami
Edited byShinichi Fukumitsu
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • July 7, 1990 (1990-07-07) (Japan)
Running time
65 minutes
Box office¥1.24 billion ($8.4 million)

Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, also known by its Japanese title Dragon Ball Z: The Decisive Battle for the Entire Earth (Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 地球まるごと超決戦, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zetto: Chikyū Marugoto Chōkessen) or Toei's own English title Super Battle in the World, is a 1990 Japanese anime science fantasy martial arts film and the third Dragon Ball Z feature film. It was originally released in Japan on July 7 between episodes 54 and 55 of DBZ, at the "Toei Anime Fair" film festival, where it was shown as part of an Akira Toriyama-themed triple feature titled Toriyama Akira: The World (the other two films were anime versions of his one-shot stories Kennosuke-sama and Pink).


Gohan, Krillin, Bulma and Oolong are spending a peaceful day camping, but that night, a huge fire breaks out in the nearby forest. Using their strength, Krillin and Gohan put out the fire and save the animals. The next day, the group find the Dragon Balls using the Dragon Radar, and summon the wish-granting Eternal Dragon, Shenron, to restore the forest. Afterwards, Gohan befriends a purple dragon which he and Krillin rescued from the forest's destruction by the fire and names him Icarus (Hire Dragon in the original Japanese version). Unbeknownst to the group, the fire was started by a space probe landing. The next morning, the space probe begins scouting the area and it is soon revealed that it was sent by a Saiyan, Turles, who has chosen the Earth to plant the Tree of Might. The Tree of Might absorbs the world’s energy, storing it in its fruit, and whoever eats it is granted godlike power.

Turles's minions land and create a fissure in the earth to plant the seed. In the Other World, King Kai recognizes the Tree of Might and warns the Z-Fighters of the Earth’s imminent devastation if they don’t destroy it immediately. The Z-Fighters head out and find the Tree of Might. They fire their energy attacks at it, but they don’t even leave a scratch on the Tree of Might. To make matters worse, Turles's minions soon appear and a battle breaks out as their master watches on from their spaceship. The Z-Fighters attack with all they have, but it soon become apparent they are no match. Gohan, arriving on Icarus, also joins in to help his friends out.

Noticing Gohan in the battle, Turles learns that the young boy is a Saiyan and appears before him. After claiming his knowledge of Goku whom he calls by his real name "Kakarot", he attempts to convince Gohan to join him and help him conquer the universe. Gohan refuses and tries to attack Turles, but he blocks his punch and prepares to kill him in a last-ditch attempt to get him to change his mind. Luckily, Piccolo intervenes and confronts Turles in an effort to save Gohan. Unfortunately, Turles tricks Piccolo into catching Gohan, before appearing behind him and blasting the mighty Namekian away, leaving Gohan at Turles's mercy. When Turles sees Gohan's tail grow back, he decides to have a little fun and creates an artificial moon (Power Ball), before forcing Gohan to look at it and transform into a Great Ape. Goku notices this and comes to help, only to be attacked by Gohan in his Great Ape form. Just as Gohan begins to crush Goku, Icarus appears and calms Gohan down. After seeing this, Turles shoots Icarus, causing Gohan to go into a frenzy and attack Turles. Dodging Gohan, Turles then fires a massive energy attack at Gohan, but Goku severs his tail with a Destructo Disk, returning him to normal just in time so that the attack misses him.

Enraged at Turles for treating Gohan like this, Goku quickly kills Turles's minions and heads off to take on his foe. The two Saiyans' one-on-one showdown begins and Goku has Turles on the ropes. However, the fruit of the Tree of Might has finally developed and Turles grabs one, taking a bite. With the sudden surge of power, Turles quickly turns the tables on Goku, but the Z-Fighters (except Gohan, who is exhausted after his Great Ape transformation) come to his aid. As they take on Turles, Goku begins to form a Spirit Bomb, but the Earth barely has any energy left. While Turles defeats the remaining Z-Fighters, Goku fires the Spirit Bomb at him, but Turles shoots an energy blast that destroys the Spirit Bomb and knocks Goku out cold.

Surprisingly, the energy from the Tree of Might suddenly flows into Goku and the Spirit Bomb is recreated. Goku confronts Turles and they both unleashes their final attack. Goku's Spirit Bomb ultimately overwhelms Turles's attack and hits him head on, sending him flying through the Tree of Might and destroying them both. Now that the Tree of Might is gone, the stolen energy is returned to Earth. With peace returned, the group enjoy another camping trip.


Turles, the movie's main villain.

Turles (ターレス, Tāresu, literally meaning "Tullece") is the main antagonist of this film and the evil doppelganger of Goku. He is a low class Saiyan with dark skin who bears a striking resemblance to Goku, and can be considered an alternate version of Goku if he had never found peace on Earth. However, his in-universe story has varied from dub to dub. In some dubs, their resemblance to each other is because when it came to identifying the lower class breed of saiyans, many of them would look alike (Not all, as Bardock's team did not look the same, and Gohan does not have the same look as Goku, although his younger brother, Goten, does), yet, in other dubs, Turles is simply the long-lost twin brother of Goku sent on a mission like Goku was before the destruction of the Saiyan planet by the hands of Frieza.

He roamed the universe under the planet trade organization, but went rogue after discovering the Tree of Might seeds, which are capable of taking away the planets energy to supply power to the fruit it grows, able to enhance one's own strength exponentially. He quickly assembled the Turles Crusher Corps, a band of rebels who had terrorized several planets before, and began to conquer planets for himself before along with his squad of henchmen, make their way toward Earth to check up on the Saiyan, Kakarot (Goku).

Upon arriving on Earth, he plans to plant the seed of the Tree of Might, but finds resistance from the Z-Fighters. While fighting Goku, Turles eats one of the fruits and he greatly overpowers him, gaining the upper hand, even able to destroy a Spirit Bomb. With the planet's energy slowly deteriorating, Goku creates another Spirit Bomb from the immense energy of the Tree of Might and uses this to kill Turles and destroy the tree. In Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and 3 he is given an exclusive "Great Ape" form for the game. Turles also appears in the Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans OVA alongside Frieza, Cooler, and Lord Slug. He also appears as a major villain in Xenoverse 2.


Character Name Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Saban/Funimation/Ocean Studios, 1997)
English voice actor
(Pioneer/Funimation/Ocean Studios, 1998)
English voice actor
(Funimation, 2006)
Goku Masako Nozawa Ian James Corlett Peter Kelamis Sean Schemmel
Gohan Saffron Henderson Stephanie Nadolny
Shane Ray (Great Ape form)
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen Sonny Strait
Yamcha Toru Furuya Ted Cole Christopher R. Sabat
Tien Shinhan Hirotaka Suzuoki Matt Smith John Burgmeier
Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil Christopher R. Sabat
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg Tiffany Vollmer
Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō Laara Sadiq Cynthia Cranz
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Alec Willows Scott McNeil Bradford Jackson
Puar Naoko Watanabe Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
Master Roshi (Turtle Hermit) Kōhei Miyauchi Ian James Corlett Don Brown Mike McFarland
King Kai Jōji Yanami Don Brown Sean Schemmel
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Don Brown Christopher R. Sabat
Raisin (レズン, Rezun) Don Brown as Rasin Scott McNeil as Rasin Robert McCollum as Rasin
Rakasei (ラカセイ) Masaharu Satō Alec Willows as Lakasei Don Brown as Lakasei Robert McCollum as Lakasei
Daiz (ダイーズ, Daīzu) Yūji Machi Scott McNeil Mark Lancaster
Cacao (カカオ, Kakao) Shinobu Satouchi Alvin Sanders Jeff Johnson
Amond (アモンド, Amondo) Banjō Ginga Paul Dobson Paul Slavens
Turles Masako Nozawa Ward Perry Chris Patton


English dub soundtracks[edit]


The score for the 1997 Saban TV version was composed by Ron Wasserman (although credited to Kussa Mahehi and Shuki Levy for contractual reasons).[2] The background music and opening theme "Rock the Dragon" were recycled from his Saiyan / Namek Saga dub soundtrack.


  • OP (Opening Theme):
    • "Dragon Ball Z Movie Theme"
      • Performed by Mark Menza
  • ED (Ending Theme):
    • "Dragon Ball Z Movie Theme"
      • Performed by Mark Menza

Funimation's 2006 in-house dub featured a new score by Nathan M. Johnson. However, remastered releases contain both English audio tracks with the Johnson soundtrack and original Japanese score.

The 1998 Pioneer release, 2003 AB Groupe dub and Speedy Video dub all kept the original Japanese songs and background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi.

English releases[edit]

The title card used for Saban's three "The Tree of Might" TV episodes from 1997.

It was first dubbed in English by Funimation Entertainment in association with Saban Entertainment and Ocean Productions.[3] This dub edited the film into a three-part television episode, which first aired in North American countries during November 1997[3] as part of the show's second season. Funimation later sub-licensed the home video rights for the movie to Pioneer Home Entertainment who, also in association with Ocean Productions, re-dubbed the movie, and released it uncut on VHS and DVD on March 17, 1998, featuring the then-current English voice cast from the TV series, dialogue more accurately translated from the original Japanese script, and the original Japanese background music.[3]

On November 14, 2006, the movie was re-released on DVD, re-dubbed by Funimation's in-house voice cast as part of a movie box set titled "First Strike", also containing Dead Zone and The World's Strongest with "Ultimate Uncut Edition", it was later remastered and released in a Double Feature set with Lord Slug on Blu-Ray and DVD on May 27, 2008 with the original Japanese soundtrack reinstated into the dub. The film was released to DVD again on November 1, 2011 in a remastered box set containing the first five Dragon Ball Z movies.[4] The edited 1997 dub finally made it to DVD in Funimation's Rock The Dragon Edition collection. On this release, the 1997 dub was not presented in the episodic format in which it originally aired, but rather as a stand-alone movie on the final disc of the set, alongside the TV edits of the uncut dubs of Dead Zone and The World's Strongest.

Other English dubs were also made by French company AB Groupe and Malaysian company Speedy Video. These dubs, which are notorious for poor voice acting, were never released in North America. While the Malaysian dub's cast remains unknown, it has recently been discovered that English-speaking actors living in France were involved in the AB Groupe dub (see above). Some of these voice actors were also speculated to have dubbed animated shows produced in France, such as Code Lyoko and Chris Colorado.[5]

Content edits[edit]

Funimation's first dub of The Tree of Might done in association with Saban Entertainment and Ocean was heavily edited for content and length, just like their dub of Dragon Ball Z.[3][6]

  • In order to spread time for the movie to be a three-part episode, several scenes from the series were added, such as when Shenlong is summoned, when Turles, his henchmen, and Piccolo make their first appearances in the film, and most of Kaio-sama's scenes.[6]
  • Blood was completely edited out in the movie and the violence was toned down as well. For example, scenes where a character was punched or kicked hard were blocked by flashes of light.[6]
  • The scene where Turles forces Gohan to transform into a Great Ape by holding his face and forcing him to keep his eyes open at the power ball was edited, but Turles held him by his shoulders instead. At the same time when Gohan looks at the power ball, absorbing its Blutz Waves through his eyes and beginning to transform into a Great Ape, no heartbeat sound effect were heard in the Japanese and English uncut versions, but were digitally edited in background in the English edited version. During that same scene, when Gohan's tail grows out of his pants after he was pinned to the ground by Turles, the sound effect of it ripping through his pants were also edited.[6]
  • The scene where Turles has his foot on top of Goku was edited, but Goku's face under Turles's foot wasn't shown.[6]
  • The scenes where Gohan is nude, after he reverts from his Great Ape form, were edited, but he was covered up by some means, such as adding extended lighting to the scene where Goku catches Gohan after cutting off his tail or adding a digital bush in front of him during the scene where he is awakened by Hire Dragon. They did, however, forget to remove or censor a shot when Gohan is lying naked in Goku's arms, but it is barely noticeable.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Dragon Ball Z end credits (FUNimation/Saban dub, 1997)
  2. ^ "2014 interview with Ron Wasserman". Marvel.com. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Daizenshuu EX - Guides - Movie Guide - DBZ Movie 3". www.daizex.com.
  4. ^ "Amazon.com: Dragon Ball Z: Movie Pack Collection One (Movies 1-5): Christopher R. Sabat, Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Chris Patton, Sonny Strait, Chuck Huber: Movies & TV". amazon.com.
  5. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Big Green Dub Cast - Behind The Voice Actors". www.behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Review of the Saban dub's censorship at Moviecensorship.com Retrieved 15 February 2016.

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