Dragon Ball Z Movie 01: Ora no Gohan wo Kaese!!
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
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English: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ オラの悟飯をかえせッ!!


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 15, 1989
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi, ShounenShounen
Duration: 41 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.731 (scored by 5612656,126 users)
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Ranked: #46922
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Popularity: #1368
Members: 89,615
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Kami-sama's old nemesis's son has come to exact revenge on Kami-sama for winning the title of Earth's Guardian. After kidnapping Son Gohan and using the dragon balls to gain immortality, he has a final showdown with Goku.

(Source: ANN)


Note: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, originally released theatrically in Japan as simply Dragon Ball Z and later as Dragon Ball Z: Return My Gohan!! for its Japanese VHS and Laserdisc release.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Tanaka, Mayumi
Miyauchi, Kouhei
Watanabe, Naoko
Shen Long
Utsumi, Kenji
Aono, Takeshi


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"Cha-La Head Cha-La" by Hironobu Kageyama

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"Dete Koi Tobikiri ZENKAI Power" by MANNA

More reviewsReviews

Oct 5, 2008
erwinmm89 (All reviews)
The first Dragon Ball Z movie.

Each character follows the same personality they have in the series, holding every grudge, knowledge, technique, etc., they had up to the release date of this movie. It develops the pre-existing characters very well. However, most of the characters that were introduced exclusively for this movie are not developed.

The story revolves around the Dragon Balls, just like everything else related to this series; some evil character appears and tries to grab a hold on the Dragon Balls in order to rule/destroy the world. It's not unique or original, but it at least entertains.

The art remains the same as the one read more
May 27, 2010
lolicontim666 (All reviews)
This movie takes place before the start of Dragonball z, and after the events of Dragonball. This movie was alrigth, but like all of the DBZ movie it has some plot holes. Like krillin not being suprised that Goku has a son, While he seems suprised in the first episode of DBZ. Overall it was pretty short and the battle was not that great. In my opinon only watch this if your a fan of DBZ if not than just watch the series.
Nov 7, 2015
Luquillo (All reviews)
When I look back on the very first DBZ movie, I always find it ironic how it's actually among the best in the line up. Each of the following movies venture the exact same path, which is to provide the viewer with low brow entertainment through lots of action and comedy. I have no beef with this. The problem is, once you get pass the first batch of movies, you start to sense the lack of innovation and even creativity. They become unbelievably gimmicky and that feel of a cash in is all over the place. Dragon Ball Z is definitely an anime series you read more
Dec 14, 2019
PeterFromRussia (All reviews)
When I 1st watched DBZ, I wondered who is Garlic jr. and why everyone in DBZ knows him besides me, who watched DB 1986 before DBZ. His saga didn't make sense to me then and it doesn't make sense now.

I decided I am gonna include Garlic jr. saga from DBZ as well into this review to pretty much summarize, why this movie and saga aren't making any sense. Warning: Garlic saga does NOT have impact on rating of Dead Zone

In the end I'll give two ratings: One for the movie and second for the entire saga.

My positives and negatives from DBZ movie: Dead Zone

Garlic jr. read more

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