Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku
NR | 17 October 1990 (USA)
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Bardock, Son Goku's father, is a low-ranking Saiyan soldier who was given the power to see into the future by the last remaining alien on a planet he just destroyed. He witnesses the destruction of his race and must now do his best to stop Frieza's impending massacre.


Good concept, poorly executed.

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This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.

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Hayden Kane

There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes

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Derrick Gibbons

An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.

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Can you guess where I'm going with this? That's right, I'm going to watch the whole "Dragon Ball" anime, that includes "Z", "GT", and "Super". So I figured I should start where the anime canon begins, with "Father of Goku". For only being 40-some minutes long, they cram a lot in it. The story's good, dark, and is a fine note for me to start the series on. I tried covering a previous anime, "Yu Yu Hakusho", some months ago, but I watched and reviewed it from the perspective of it just being another animated show. I'll get back to that show soon, but for now, I'll be covering "Dragon Ball" different. A lot of the episode ratings will be arbitrary, and I won't be posting reviews for many of them. I might post one at the end of a saga, just to recap, but this'll be a much more passive time for me in terms of reviews. Every 10 episodes or so I'll take a break and watch a PPV or something unrelated, just so I don't burn myself out. This is gonna be an adventure to say the least, but with Goku and friends at my side, I'm up for it.

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Another one of the recently re-released TV DBZ movies, and one of the few 45 minute features with a real story. This one centers around the back story behind the Frieza's betrayal and untimely genocide of the Saiyans. The main reason to see this, overall, to see how much of a bad ass Goku's father(Sonny Strait) was! But on a serious note, this movie is great because it shows the barbarity of the Saiyans without sugar coating it at all. And yet we still sympathy for them, personified mostly threw Vegeta, who we see as a child here. Very early on we see the greater evil of Frieza, who is as menacing as ever.Very good voice acting throughout, and a flowing story as well. The action is brutal, bloody and just plain awesome to boot. This movie is an essential if you're a fan and for animation and anime fans in general.

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This story is number one out of all fifteen of them.It tells about Goku's father who was given psychic powers while on a mission.Bardock appears a couple of times in the TV episodes during the frieza saga and this tells all of bardock's story.Now i understand why they showed him in the series and in the beginning of movie number five.I hope everyone else likes it as much as i did.It's better than outlaw star movies.We learn how grandpa gohan found goku and why named him that.A good movie for people of all ages.A great back story like the history of trunks was.Rent or buy it someday.I give it a 10 out of 10.=It's too bad they don't show re-runs every day on toonami like the old days.The plot is great,no sex or curse words.i wish that they would have showed it when i was a kid.better than the gay crap they have on nowadays like Lupin the 3rd ,ben 10,that Yu-Gi-Oh rip-off Duel Masters,Megas XLR or naruto.It's on par with Tenchi Muyo,Yu-Gi-Oh,Inuyasha and Yu Yu Hakusho.Watch when it's on TV again and you m,ight agree with me.

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Well, I only saw this two days ago for the first time - and as a newly recruited Dragonball Z fan (that is, a solid fan for the past 2 years), I have to say that this was fantastic. Bardock was beautiful (and that is a term I only usually use for Piccolo and Vegeta). I have to say, that at the start, I couldn't see much resemblance between Bardock's personality and Kakarot's (Goku's). But as the film progresses, you can't help but notice the same self-sacrificing and caring nature they both share – although Bardock's was kinda buried. They are both willing to die for the people and planet that they love. And Vegeta! Well, he was beautiful. Very true to character – arrogant and proud. (I'd like to take a moment here and point out how sorry I feel for Vegeta, named after his father and his planet!). As was Frieza. I couldn't help but find myself despising that cold-hearted lizard all over again – and I must admit I had a great laugh when he was defeated by Goku on Namek (albeit temporarily) and permanently by Trunks on Earth. But anyway, all I have to say is that this is a classic piece of Dragonball Z work.

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