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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dragonball Evolution

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You may already know everything about Goku’s battles with Piccolo, but these nuggets will give you an even richer experience when you watch Dragonball Evolution.

1. The director made a late job switch.

Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle director Stephen Chow was originally supposed to direct Dragonball Evolution before Final Destination director James Wong stepped in. Chow ultimately became a producer on Dragonball Evolution.


2. There’s a Real World connection.

Actress Jamie Chung, who plays Chi-Chi in the film, first gained fame as a cast member of the reality show The Real World: San Diego in 2004.


3. And there’s also a connection to Shameless.

Dragonball Evolution wouldn’t be the last time Justin Chatwin (who plays Goku) and Emmy Rossum (who plays Bulma) star opposite each other. They would both go on to appear in the American version of the television show Shameless.


4. Chung was her own toughest opponent.

During the scene where Chi-Chi fights her doppelgänger, Chung had to learn the fight choreography for both parts so the entire fight could be shot from both perspectives. Depending on which version of Chi-Chi she was, the person fighting opposite her was a trained body double. Chung herself trained for that single fight nearly everyday for one month prior to production.


5. The auditions were intense.

Chatwin’s audition process was a bit unorthodox. His second audition for the role of Goku involved the actor doing full scenes from the script on camera in full costume and makeup at a dummy set of a temple that was built by the production in the St. Gabriel Mountains in northern Los Angeles. Two weeks after the run-through, Chatwin got the part.


6. And the training was even more demanding.

Chatwin’s workout regimen involved fight training for five hours a day for five weeks straight during pre-production. For his diet, Chatwin consumed about seven meals a day but could only eat protein, fat (such as cheese), and carbs (such as fruit and veggies) for five months straight. He couldn’t eat any sugar, bread, or pasta whatsoever.


7. Chatwin used the classics to get into character.

To prepare for the role of Goku, director James Wong had Chatwin watch movies like Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, and Dragonball Evolution producer Stephen Chow’s film Kung Fu Hustle.


8. The stunt team had quite a pedigree.

Dragonball Evolution used the stunt team “87eleven Action Design,” the same group of stuntmen behind The Matrix, 300, The Hunger Games, Fight Club, and more.

9. Emmy Rossum became an actual weapons expert for her role.

She spent weeks training at a firing range with Marines.


10. Though the film was influenced by Manga, it wasn’t shot in Japan.

Most filming took place in Mexico City and Durango.


11. That’s really Chatwin’s hair.

Wong originally thought Chatwin would have to wear a custom wig in order to create Goku’s signature hairdo, but the look was ultimately achieved using Chatwin’s actual hair and large amounts of gel and hairspray. To get his character’s hair in place, Chatwin spent an hour a day in the makeup chair having it done up and taken out.


12. Piccolo’s makeup was a real process.

Actor James Marsters spent four hours a day in a makeup chair.


13. But it was worth it for Marsters.

The actor was extremely enthusiastic about appearing in a Drabongball film. He told TV Guide, “Dragonball is the coolest television cartoon in the last 50,000 years. It’s got a Shakespearean sense of good and evil.”


14. Goku’s wardrobe choices were plentiful.

There were over 50 different costume designs for Goku’s iconic orange gi before director James Wong selected the final design that appears onscreen.


15. Yamcha has a great voice.

Actor Joon Park (who plays Yamcha) is actually a massively successful pop star in Korea. His former boyband called “G.O.D.” has sold over a million records to date and is poised to make its first comeback tour this year after breaking up in 2002.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…