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: 6.651 (scored by 6988269,882 users)
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Ranked: #56082
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Popularity: #1610
Members: 111,329
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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

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
Jul 25, 2015
LadyDemigra (All reviews)
When it comes to the Dragonball films in general they usually follow something different. instead of the canon material that the series contains
It instead mixes certain content from the series themselves but only to present a different setting that usually is not always direct from the series.

So therefore, Do not go into watching them expecting anything that great of a premise in the first place since its not meant to do so, except just take them as special added content for its standard viewing alone.

So on to the first Dragon Ball Z Movie When I finished watching the film, I thought it was just average. read more

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