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新七龍珠 (1991)
New Seven Dragon Ball

Reviewed by: mrblue
Date: 06/24/2011

Even though this particular reviewer has very little experience with the original Dragonball material, I could forsee internet geeks the world over getting out their torches and pitchforks after seeing New Seven Dragon Ball. I wouldn't go that far, but it did inspire me to bust out a couple of cold shots of Jagermeister to try and erase the poorly-implemented cinematic machinations of the previous ninety minutes from my short-term memory.

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: calros
Date: 10/12/2006
Summary: The Testament of Chen Chun-Liang.

This was the last movie of Chen, the man who directed some of the best martial fantasy movies of Taiwanese film History, above all of them the "Child of Peach" film series. This is not his best film, but it's a very entertaining show. It's based on the first part of the comic by Akira Toriyama & Bird Studio, appeared in 1984 and succesfully adapted into an animated TV series and several animated movies in Japan. The producers didn't buy the rights of this comic, instead of this they said they adapted the original novel in which "Dragon Ball" is loosely based, "Xi You Ji" (Sai Yau Kei / Saiyuki) by Wu Cheng-En, which has been adapted into several Asian movies such as "Journey to the West" (1956), "Monkey Goes West" (1966) or "A Chinese Odyssey" (1995) to name only a few.

Anyway this movie is very funny, has nice wire stunts, cheapy F/X, and many gags and sketches borrowed from (although not so naughty as) the Japanese comic. My copy had not English subtitles but if you know the original version it will be very easy to follow.

Reviewer Score: 7