Dragon Ball Movie 1: Shen Long no Densetsu

Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ドラゴンボール 神龍の伝説
English: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
German: Dragon Ball der Film: Die Legende von Shenlong
Spanish: Dragon Ball la Película: La Leyenda de Shenron
French: Dragon Ball le Film: La Légende De Shenron
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 20, 1986
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation, Harmony Gold
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Theme: Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 50 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.761 (scored by 3883438,834 users)
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Ranked: #53212
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Popularity: #2630
Members: 69,582
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A retelling of Dragon Ball's origins, this is a different version of the meeting of Goku, Bulma, Oolong, and Yamucha. They are all looking for the dragon balls for different reasons when they cross paths with an evil king named Gourmeth, who is also looking for the dragon balls.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Furuya, Toru


Watanabe, Naoko

Shen Long

Utsumi, Kenji


Gouri, Daisuke


Yanami, Jouji



Opening Theme

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"Makafushigi Adventure!" by Hiroki Takahashi

Ending Theme

"Romantic Ageru Yo" by Ushio Hashimoto


Jan 11, 2020
If you are a film buff, literary critic, or even a fan of Japanese history you will adore this time-capsule. This is classic DragonBall with the addition of a look at the political and economic concerns of the time this piece was created. Observing the various references to fear of Industrialisation we see the Japanese rural perspective on the changes going through their country post-WW2. To see it in anime form is both surreal and fascinating to an educated person. Don't misunderstand me, it is in no way like Princess Mononoke, but it serves to be a very entertaining way to reintroduce the characters of ...
Oct 8, 2022
Mixed Feelings
A pretty charming and inoffensive little adventure, but it movies a such a rapid pace and has so little time devoted to introducing and developing the characters that I imagine anyone without at least some prior Dragon Ball knowledge would be pretty lost, and because of that its probably only enjoyable as a companion piece to the TV show rather than a fully stand alone movie.

Also, while it is pretty entertaining it's hard to rate the movie too highly when it is essentially just a very highly condensed retelling of the first Dragon Ball arc, with a few minor changes and with Pilaf, Mai, and ...
Mar 19, 2024
The animation while more fluid than the TV anime isn't anything to write home about, none of the movie original characters really matter nor do they do much except for the start and the end. It is the first movie of the franchise so I suppose the overall sort of "clumsy" feeling that it gives you makes sense, as it is very clearly not a movie meant to be watched in the current year or ever again.

The story is a loose "what if?" recap of the very first arc. Instead of the Pilaf gang we are introduced to this weird demon guy and his very ...

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