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[INTERVIEW] Stephen Chow refuses to advertise Dragon Ball

Posted by Theia - Monday, April 13th, 2009

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Here is a translation of an interview given by Stephen Chow to Sina Entertainment about Dragon Ball Evolution. Thanks to the submitter of this article.


Stephen Chow was said to be dissatisfied with having no actual power as producer; Refuses to advertise "Dragonball"

Sina Entertainment
According to "Apple Daily", Hollywood live action movie"Dragonball Evolution" has already entered countdown for release. Themovie had been anticipated by Asian moviegoers because it was based ona Japanese manga, produced by Stephen Chow, and starred by ChowYun-Fat. However during the promotion in Taiwan and Korea no sign ofStephen Chow the producer was seen, only Yun-Fat was there to managethe scene. Some sources state that Stephen had repeatedly suggestedrevising the script, but they were all ignored, making him feel lookeddown upon and so refused to attend any promotion activities in protest.

The Fox sponsored, Stephen Chow produced, James Wong directed,Chow Yun-Fat and Justin Chatwin starred manga live action movie"Dragonball" will start screening next month, and Yun-Fat has alreadybegan his Asian promotion tour, but no sign of Stephen the producer wasseen. Some US sources state that when the film began shooting, Stephenalready had conflicts with the filmakers, so he was very unhappy withthem.

Stephen is producer only in name and has no actually power, so he refused to do promotion

It was said that after Fox bought the rights to the Japanese manga"Dragonball", they had invited Stephen to be director, but he was busywith filming CJ7, so he only agreed to be producer, and Fox turned toJames Wong to direct. At the start of filming, Stephen was reallyethusiastic at the thought of cooperating with Yun-Fat, seen especiallyin his numerous suggestions to casting, scripting, make design andspecial effects during the planning. But these suggestions were allrejected by Fox executives, causing Stephen who enjoyed high prestigein the Hong Kong cinema industry to lose face. Since his first job as aHollywood producer was only in name but has no actually power indecisions, Stephen decided no to attend any of the promotionalactivities for the movie in protest.

Stephen admitted that his suggestions had not been accepted, and did not have an actual role

A reported phoned Stephen to confirm, and he replied: "I am notable to attend the promotional activities because of the timing, andthat promotion is not my job, so I already have other work scheduled".Regarding the rumours of him being producer without actual decisionpowers, Stephen said: "A movie has many types of producer, and I wasthe kind of advisory type of producer. Except for giving a fewsuggestions, I did not have an actual role". When asked if hissuggestions were not accepted, he replied: "It's true they did notaccept my decisions. Maybe they thought those weren't suitable, so theydidn't use them. They have their own reasons for not accepting, but Iwon't mind, since it's the movie company who makes the decisions". Whenthe matter of "Dragonball" author Toriyama Akira being dissatisfiedthat the movie isn't true to the original story, Stephen said: "Sorry,no comment".

Movie was criticized for lacking the original spirit

Ever since this movie adapted from the famous Japanese manga"Dragonball" began filming, it was criticized for lacking the originalspirit, and even Toriyama Akira couldn't help to point out the moviedid not look like his work at all.

The make did not fit the original

Kamesennin, the teacher of the main character Gokuu and played byChow Yun-Fat, was bald, had a white beard, wears sunglasses, and looksstrange in the original manga, but none of these traits were found onYun-Fat.

Background was way off from the original

The original manga talks of Son Gokuu growing up in the mountainsmeeting the scientist girl Bulma, and then going off on the journey toseek the Dragonballs. But in the movie the Goku played by JustinChatwin was a high school student who was told by his dying grandfatherto gather the Dragonballs.

Artistic design had failed

The "Dragonball" manga and anime was loved by fans because ofToriyama Akira's colourful universe and interesting character designs,but the artistic design in the movie was dark and the camera leanedtowards being grim, just like some regular Hollywood film.

Please feel free to post your comments and feelings.

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Posted by G478 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

a movive run by dairy farmers...

When you let a series in the scale of DB to milkers like FOX, youll know what to expect.

They should change the title in asia "Snakeballs Americanization" like they did in "Zilla" USA version of the loved japanese kaiju( is this correct?) "Godzilla".

This movie only appeals to those who doesnt really know the spirit and the "real" core of the name Dragonball and its continuity. Never did once shown the imagination of what its creator (which I can never really remember even if I just red it on a post a while ago) of what it stands for like finding new things, seeing out-of-the-ordinary images like the lands, dinosaurs and gadgets(Capsule Corp., Roundish buildings, dinosaur and futuristic lands in one timeline, etc.), the knowledge of Kei( or Chi.. so many words for one thing lol), aliens and supernatural beings, which all started from "an innocent little boy". And I think that is what Stefen Chow wanted to happen to the movie since thats where all it started.

This is a sad, sad fact that everyone see things differently is what makes this kind of things happen. Since the culture from where it came from greatly differs to the US culture that some standards, even if all, have to me rethinked. Also that th US dont have other long running series (except for the Simpsons and Marvel/DC comics which are both cool), to ever get to a point that they are admired in a global scale. So thats why they try to rip off the ones that most wanted to see in RL action movie.

Anyways, what does anyone expect when some american busnessmen hold something like this... we all do know what Funimation does to the licensed-bought animes when they dub the poor series. That would make some things very clear. Its still sad to see this being acknowledge to be what they call it.. it hurts my fanatic heart.

Note: If your not at least 17 years old you wont appreciate what I just said... your too young lol


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