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Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Japanese box art
Directed by Daisuke Nishio
Produced by Keizo Shichijo
Written by Keiji Terui (screenplay)
Akira Toriyama (story)
Starring Masako Nozawa (Son Gokū)
Nachi Nozawa (Lucifer)
Mayumi Tanaka (Kuririn)
Mami Koyama (Lunch)
Hiromi Tsuru (Bulma)
Toru Furuya (Yamcha)
Naoki Tatsuta (Oolong)
Naoko Watanabe (Puar)
Kouhei Miyauchi (Kamesennin)
Daisuke Gōri (Umigame / Ghastel)
Shozo Iizuka (Butler)
Joji Yanami (Narration)
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) July 18, 1987
Running time 45 minutes
Language Japanese / English

Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle (ドラゴンボール 魔神城のねむり姫, Doragon Bōru: Majin-Jō No Nemuri Hime) is the 2nd Dragon Ball movie. Originally released in Japan on July 18, 1987, between episodes 70 and 71. As with the last movie, it features mostly new animation, but does tend to reuse bits and pieces from various episodes of the Dragon Ball television series.

This movie marks the very first appearance of FUNimation Entertainment's new cast of voice actors even before the Ginyu Saga had been broadcast on TV or released to VHS however, Stephanie Nadolny (Goku), Tiffany Vollmer (Bulma), Meridith McCoy (Launch), and Brice Armstrong (Narrator) were not yet hired, and different actors were used. This is part of Toei Animation and FUNimation's Dragon Box: The Movies.


Twelve year old Goku seeks out Master Roshi to ask to be accepted as a student just before Krillin, a monk from a far off city, arrives for the same reason (and uses a Dirty Magazine as a bribe). Master Roshi sends them on a quest far to the west, where "five mountains stand, called the 'Devil's Hand'." In a castle there, there lies the legendary, and beautiful, "Sleeping Princess." Whoever brings back the Sleeping Princess will become the old pervert's student. The two boys set out, and Krillin uses all the standard tricks to trip Goku up.

A little later, Bulma, Oolong, Yamcha, and Puar, who are on summer vacation, arrive at Kame House to find Goku. Master Roshi says that the two boys have gone far to the east for training, so the friends fly in Bulma's Capsule jet to the Devil's Hand. When they near the castle, the jet is attacked by demons, and Bulma is taken to the castle. The owner of the castle, Lucifer, pretends to treat her as a guest, until it becomes time to awaken the Sleeping Princess. In the meantime, Goku and Krillin fight monsters, and Yamcha drops in on Bulma just before the butler Igor can drain Bulma of her blood through a giant syringe (Bulma's blood is to be used to toast the awakening of the Sleeping Princess). Then, Launch (in her bad, blonde state) arrives to steal the Sleeping Princess, which is really a giant jewel. Everyone is captured and encased in a wall of rock.

It is the night of a full moon, and the moonlight is used to power the jewel. The moonlight also turns Goku into a Great Ape, Goku's tail is cut by Yamcha and Puar, and everyone escapes. They fight Lucifer, and Goku uses a Kamehameha to destroy Lucifer's Princess-Powered Laser Cannon (the full-moonlight is to be used to destroy the sun, and begin the Reign of Darkness), and kills Lucifer. The heroes escape, and Krillin acts contrite, but does not actually apologize to Goku for his behavior.

The two boys return to Kame House with good Launch and Master Roshi, mistaking Launch for the princess, takes them both on as students. Roshi tries to take advantage of Good Launch only for her to sneeze and attack him with her gun before sneezing again.


This film premiered at the "Toei Manga Matsuri" film festival, where it was shown as part of a quadruple feature alongside Saint Seiya: The Movie and the film versions of Hikari Sentai Maskman and Choujinki Metalder.


Dialogue Changes

In the english version, Yamcha and Puar are already aware of Goku's Great Ape transformation and know to attack the tail. In the Japanese version, everyone is surprised by the transformation and Krillin figures out the tail weakness from when they were sparring previously.

Current Release

Australian DVD Release

FUNimation has released this on DVD in Australia and New Zealand on the 26/07/2006 with the Texas-based English dub and optional Japanese audio.

Four movie pack

FUNimation also released the movie on a movie four pack, including all of the other Dragon Ball movies.

Cast list

Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English)
Goku Masako Nozawa Ceyli Delgadillo
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Leslie Alexander
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Laurie Steele
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher Sabat
Launch Mami Koyama Christine Marten
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Brad Jackson
Puar Naoko Watanabe Monika Antonelli
Igor Shozo Iizuka Mike McFarland
Lucifer Nachi Nozawa Mike McFarland
Ghastel Daisuke Gōri Mike McFarland
Turtle Daisuke Gōri Christopher Sabat
Narrator Joji Yanami Christopher Sabat


Opening Theme
"魔訶不思議アドベンチャー!" / "Makafushigi Adobenchā!" / "Mystical Adventure!"
Lyrics: Yuriko Mori
Music: Takeshi Ike
Arrangement: Kōhei Tanaka
Performance: Hiroki Takahashi
Song Lyrics
Ending Theme
"ロマンティックあげるよ" / "Romantikku Ageru Yo" / "I’ll Give You Romance"
Lyrics: Takemi Yoshida
Music: Takeshi Ike
Arrangement: Kōhei Tanaka
Performance: Ushio Hashimoto
Song Lyrics


  • This is the only one of the original Dragon Ball movies in which the Dragon Balls are not a part of the plot.
  • The scene where Goku, turned Great Ape and holds Launch with his hand was a homage to King Kong. The same situation also happened previously during the Pilaf Saga with Bulma.
  • This movie is referred to as Sleeping Beauty.
  • The plot summary on the DVD case identifies Goku as a Saiyan, a fact which would not be revealed until the appearance of Raditz much later, in Dragon Ball Z.
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