The phenomenally popular Japanese anime/manga franchise created by Akira Toriyama, Dragonball Z, has finally spawned a live-action version. It's still in post-production, but inevitably bits and pieces are rolling onto the blogsphere.
Dragonball Evolution (US-2009; dir. James Wong)
The above poster is for the Japanese release.
The story begins with Goku, who on his adoptive grandfather Grandpa Gohan's dying request sets out to find the great Master Roshi and to gather all seven Dragonballs -- 0f which he has one. Goku's quest is to obtain the mystical Dragonballs before Piccolo does, in order to prevent the evil Lord Piccolo from using the Dragonballs to take over the world.This trailer gives the ignorant (me) a bit of a run-down....
Meanwhile, io9.com has revealed what the resident kaiju -- a dragon that turns up to do the sort of apocalyptic things that dragons do -- will look like:
This screenshot comes from a clip you can view on io9.com, where you can also read more about the production.
- Source: via Avery