|Dragon Ball Z:|
Japanese box art
|Directed by||Shigeyasu Yamauchi|
|Produced by||Chiaki Imada (Executive Producer)|
Yoshio Anzai (Shueisha)
|Written by||Takao Koyama|
|Based on||Dragon Ball|
by Akira Toriyama
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Distributed by||Toei Company|
|March 6, 1993|
|Box office||$30 million|
Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Burn Up!! A Close Fight - A Violent Fight - A Super Fierce Fight (Japanese: ?Z !!, Hepburn: Doragon B?ru Zetto Moetsukiro!! Nessen Ressen Ch?-Gekisen) or by Toei's own English title Dragon Ball Z: The Burning Battles, is a 1993 Japanese anime science fiction martial arts film and the eighth Dragon Ball Z feature movie. The original release date in Japan was on March 6, 1993 at the Toei Anime Fair alongside Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! Clear Skies Over Penguin Village. It was dubbed into English by Funimation in 2003.
The antagonist Broly was designed by series creator Akira Toriyama. This film is the first of four featuring the character, followed by Broly - Second Coming and Bio-Broly in 1994, and Dragon Ball Super: Broly in 2018, the first movie to carry the Dragon Ball Super branding.
On his planet in the Otherworld, King Kai senses the destruction of the South Galaxy by an unknown Super Saiyan, telepathically contacting Goku upon realizing that the North Galaxy will be targeted next. At that moment, Goku and Chi-Chi are sitting down having an interview at a private school which they hope Gohan will attend, Goku abruptly uses Instant Transmission to reach King Kai's planet and get the entire story.
Back on Earth, the Z-Fighters are having a picnic in an unknown peaceful area when a spaceship lands nearby and an army of emerging humanoids greet Vegeta as their king. Their leader is a Saiyan, Paragus, who claims that he has created a New Planet Vegeta and wishes for Vegeta to accompany him in order to rule as the new king. Vegeta initially refuses but agrees after Paragus tells him that a being known as the "Legendary Super Saiyan" is running rampant throughout the galaxy and must be destroyed before he comes to Earth. Skeptical of Paragus' story, Gohan, Trunks, Krillin, Master Roshi and Oolong go along with Vegeta.
On New Vegeta, Vegeta meets Paragus' son, Broly, and the two leave together to hunt down the Legendary Super Saiyan. Gohan, Trunks, and Krillin meet the planet's slaves and defend them from their abusive masters. During the struggle, Goku arrives via Instant Transmission, having followed their energy signals after King Kai's story. The slaves tell them that the Legendary Super Saiyan destroyed their planet, and they were found by Paragus, who made them into his slaves. That night, Vegeta and Broly return, having had no luck. While Vegeta receives Goku coldly, Broly appears agitated at the mere sight of him as Paragus calms his son down by raising his hand as a light shines on his bracelet. But Broly later attacks Goku in the middle of the night with the two evenly matched before Paragus appears and calms Broly down again. After the fight, Goku suspects that Broly is the Legendary Super Saiyan due to their similar ki and also begins to doubt Paragus' claims. Paragus, for his part, has been controlling Broly with a mind-control device, which he suspects may be malfunctioning. Paragus then realizes that Broly is responding to Goku: The two revealed to have been born on the same day and in neighboring pods with Broly bearing a subconscious hatred towards Goku for being agitated by the infant's constant crying.
Vegeta soon loses patience with Paragus and decides to return to Earth with the others, as Goku and the others confront Paragus upon learning the truth of Broly which the slaves even confirmed to be one who destroyed their planet. Broly's rage against Goku swells up to the point of breaking free of the mind control device as he transforms into a behemoth of a Super Saiyan: the Legendary Super Saiyan. Broly proceeds to attack Goku and the others while Vegeta lost his will to fight at the sight of the Legendary Super Saiyan. Paragus taunts Vegeta for being naïve while revealing that Broly was born with a power level of 10,000, feared by King Vegeta to the point of ordering the child's death on the day. Paragus pleaded for his son and was severely wounded and left for dead, Broly's power manifesting to blast them off of Planet Vegeta as it was destroyed by Frieza. But Broly's exposure to Goku's crying, followed by his attempted execution and survival of the Saiyan eradication, rendered him severely unstable as he got older. Paragus was forced to use a mind-control device to pacify his son after being blinded in one eye, intending to have his revenge on King Vegeta's bloodline and convert Earth into new Planet Vegeta to rule the entire universe from. Furthermore, a comet, Camori, is approaching New Vegeta and will destroy it upon impact.
Broly makes quick work of Goku, Gohan, and Trunks. Piccolo arrives with Senzu beans and is also beaten, but summons enough will power to forcibly bring Vegeta to the battlefield. Seeing Broly pummel his friends repeatedly eventually gives Vegeta enough incentive to join the fight, but he also proves to be no match for Broly. Paragus tries to escape from New Vegeta by himself, only for his escape pod to be crushed by Broly and flung into the comet. However, despite Broly's power, Goku refuses to stay down, and takes every blow Broly lands on him, even with his friends offering him their remaining power. After much reluctance, Vegeta finally gives some of his energy, which gives Goku enough power to resist Broly and punch him in exactly the same place where he was stabbed as a baby, causing Broly to bleed profusely and apparently explode.
Just as Camori hits and destroys New Vegeta, the Z Fighters and the slaves escape in the spaceship Piccolo used to follow Goku and Vegeta. Goku and Gohan teleport straight to their garden, where they are confronted by an angry Chi-Chi, who is annoyed with Goku for leaving during the interview. Goku then comically recites what Chi-Chi told him to say for the school interview, causing her to faint.
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Broly was born with a power level of over 10,000, a power level greater than most elite Saiyan warriors. He is mentally unstable due to a culmination of events in his childhood, such as the crying of the infant Goku in the incubator next to him when they were born, the threatening events pertaining to his birth date, and being born with an extreme power level. He eventually becomes the "Legendary Super Saiyan", although his destructive tendencies are quelled by a special control device created by scientists for his father, Paragus. After Paragus lures Vegeta, Goku, and their companions to another planet, Broly recalls Goku and goes into a rage, destroying the control device and becoming the unstoppable Legendary Super Saiyan. He effortlessly pummels Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan Vegeta, Super Saiyan Gohan, and Super Saiyan Future Trunks, as well as Super Namekian Piccolo, before killing his father by crushing him in his escape pod. Broly is eventually defeated by Goku, but he manages to make his way to an escape pod, and would return as the antagonist of the tenth Dragon Ball Z movie. His popularity amongst the fans resulted in him becoming a canon character in Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
|Character name||Japanese voice actor||English voice actor
(AB Groupe, c. 2003)
|English voice actor|
|Goku/Kakarot||Masako Nozawa||David Gasman
Jodi Forrest (baby)
|Sean Schemmel |
Stephanie Nadolny (baby)
Hiroko Emori (baby)
|Doug Rand (adult/baby in one scene)
Jodi Forrest (baby)
|Vic Mignogna |
Cynthia Cranz (baby)
|Gohan||Masako Nozawa||Jodi Forrest||Stephanie Nadolny|
|Vegeta||Ryou Horikawa||Ed Marcus as Vejita||Christopher R. Sabat|
|Paragus||Iemasa Kayumi||Paul Bandey||Dartanian Nickelback|
Hiromi Tsuru (baby)
Jodi Forrest (baby)
|Eric Vale |
Stephanie Nadolny (baby)
|Piccolo||Toshio Furukawa||Paul Bandey as Big Green||Christopher Sabat|
|Krillin||Mayumi Tanaka||Sharon Mann as Clearin||Sonny Strait|
|Master Roshi||Kouhei Miyauchi||Ed Marcus as Old Tortoise||Mike McFarland|
|Bulma||Hiromi Tsuru||Jodi Forrest as Blooma||Tiffany Vollmer|
|Chi-Chi||Naoko Watanabe||Sharon Mann||Cynthia Cranz|
|Oolong||Naoki Tatsuta||David Gasman||Bradford Jackson|
|Bulma's Mother||Hiroko Emori||Jodi Forrest as Blooma's Mother||Cynthia Jane Cranz|
|Dr. Briefs||J?ji Yanami||Paul Bandey||Chris Forbis|
|King Vegeta||Masaharu Satou||Ed Marcus as King Vejita||Christopher R. Sabat|
|King Kai||J?ji Yanami||Ed Marcus as Keish||Seán Schemmel|
|Shamo||Hiroko Emori||Doug Rand||Amber Cotton|
|Shamo's Grandfather||Masaharu Satou||Ed Marcus||John Burgmeier|
|Octopus Scientist (, Tako kagaku-sha)||Naoki Tatsuta||Kent Williams|
|Narrator||J?ji Yanami||Kyle Hebert|
A third English dub produced and released exclusively in Malaysia by Speedy Video features an unknown voice cast.
The following songs were present in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan: The remaining pieces of background music were composed by Mark Menza.
However, on the Broly Triple Feature, there is an alternate audio track containing the English dialogue and Japanese background music by Shunsuke Kikuchi.
In Japan, the film grossed ¥2.33 billion ($29.2 million) at the box office.
On September 15 and 17, 2018, the film had a limited theatrical release by Fathom Events in the United States due to the upcoming release of Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018). According to Box Office Mojo, as of September 19, 2018, it made a revenue of $658,982. In total, the film grossed $30 million in Japan and the United States.
It was released on DVD and VHS in North America on August 26, 2003, over 10 years after its initial release. Plus, it was released it in a bundle with Broly - Second Coming on Blu-ray on November 13, 2007, both feature full HD 1080p resolution with digitally remastered and an enhanced 5.1 surround mix. It was later remastered and released in a Triple Feature set with the original Broly films and Bio-Broly on Blu-ray and DVD on March 31, 2009. The film was re-released to DVD on December 6, 2011 in a remastered box set containing the second four Dragon Ball Z movies.