Dragon Ball Z Movie 01: Ora no Gohan wo Kaese!!

Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Dragon Ball Z: Return My Gohan!!
Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ オラの悟飯をかえせッ!!
English: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
German: Dragon Ball Z der Film: Die Todeszone des Garlic Jr.
Spanish: Dragon Ball Z Película 1: Devolvedme a mi Gohan
French: Dragon Ball Z le Film: À la Poursuite de Garlic
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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
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 41 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.631 (scored by 7557475,574 users)
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Ranked: #59212
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Popularity: #1752
Members: 121,396
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Piccolo is training at a barren cliff when a handful of mysterious enemies attacks and defeats him. These same enemies then go to Mount Paozu to steal Gohan Son's "Dragon Ball." Upon arrival, not only do they defeat Gokuu Son's spouse and father-in-law—Chi-Chi and Gyumao, respectively—but they also kidnap Gohan in the process.

Feeling something isn't right, Gokuu rushes home, only to find Chi-Chi lying on the ground as she explains the situation. He then goes to Kame House and borrows the Dragon Radar in order to locate the Dragon Balls and, with them, the enemies and Gohan.

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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


Miyauchi, Kouhei


Tanaka, Mayumi


Watanabe, Naoko

Shen Long

Utsumi, Kenji


Aono, Takeshi



Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Dete Koi Tobikiri ZENKAI Power" by MANNA


Sep 27, 2022
As the first Dragon Ball Z movie, it could have been worse but it did a decent job in what it wanted to accomplish. We get demons for the billions of time as enemies with the main antagonist being another midget who is stronger than he appears.
He is a generic evil badguy with forgettable henchmen. I say forgettable but they are funny and show a good fight against the heroes.

This movie like almost all DBZ movies can't fit to the main timeline and is more like something that happens at the same time as Raditz arrives in the main story. It doesn't require the viewer ...
Aug 10, 2021
Mixed Feelings
I've talked about Dragonball, all the Dragonball films and some of the Dragonball Z films. As such, it seems appropriate to talk about the first film that moved over to the Dragonball Z label, 1989's Dead Zone. Let's get right to it.


We open with Piccolo being attacked by a trio of strange looking guys. These are the demons Ginger, Nicky & Sansho. They're out to kill Kami and collect the dragonballs so that their master, Garlic Jr, can wish for immortality. And every fan of the franchise has already identified the problem with their plan. Any way, they kidnap Gohan because his hat has ...
May 16, 2021
The movie was just bad. First of all the movie was way too short for the events happening in there like there was so much room for more. Second of all the movie is a typical non-canon anime movie so pretty much nothing special. Like you see some events in DBZ and wonder: But that already happened in the movie so why is Son Goku surprised? Third of all the movie didn't really explain the new character (Garlic Jr.). He just appeared out of nowhere kidnapping Son Gohan and then a little 1 minute backstory about Garlic Jr. Including... literally nothing about him in it. ...

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