Dragon Ball Z the Movie: The World's Strongest
Japanese box art
Directed by Daisuke Nishio
Produced by Chiaki Imada
Kōzō Morishita
Written by Story:
Akira Toriyama
Takao Koyama
Starring Masako Nozawa
Kōji Nakata
Toshio Furukawa
Hiromi Tsuru
Naoki Tatsuta
Mayumi Tanaka
Kouhei Miyauchi
Mayumi Sho
Kôji Yada
Kenji Utsumi
Joji Yanami
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Release date(s) March 10, 1990
Running time 58 min.
Language Japanese / English

Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Kono yo de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu (ドラゴンボールZ この世で一番強いヤツ; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest Guy"), is the second Dragon Ball Z movie. It was originally released in Japan on March 10, 1990, between episodes 39 and 40. It was translated in America by FUNimation Entertainment; FUNimation and Bridge Entertainment's title is The Strongest Guy in the World.


The movie begins with Gohan and Oolong searching for the Dragon Balls that have all been gathered in the frozen Tsumisumbri Mountains (with the latter obviously wanting to wish for underwear). Before they reach them, Shenron is summoned by Dr. Kochin, who wishes for his mentor, Dr. Wheelo, to be released from his icy prison. Meanwhile, Piccolo is ambushed by three mysterious warriors and knocked out cold while trying to defend Gohan and Oolong. Later on, Gohan has a weird dream about him and Piccolo.

Gohan's Weird Dream (World's Strongest)

Gohan's dream

Kochin then kidnaps Master Roshi and Bulma, thinking that Roshi is the world's strongest and a suitable body for Wheelo, whose own body was destroyed, leaving him only as a brain. Roshi is tested by Kochin's Bio-Warriors, and, despite putting up a decent fight while being outnumbered three to one, is ultimately defeated. Bulma then reveals that Goku is the strongest, just as he approaches Wheelo's fortress to save his friends. Meanwhile, Goku and Chi-Chi confront Oolong and Gohan on what they know about the group who kidnapped Bulma and Master Roshi.

Krillin Enters (World's Strongest)

Krillin's arrival in Wheelo's fortress

After reaching the fortress, Goku is attacked by the Bio-Warriors, but easily defeats them with the Kaio-ken, and is also joined by Gohan and Krillin. They then arrive at Wheelo's lab where Bulma is being held, but run into Piccolo, who was brainwashed into returning to his old ways when he was captured earlier. Goku and Piccolo then fight each other, but Gohan's anger causes the mind-controlling device on Piccolo to break. Kochin tries to shoot Krillin and Bulma with his machine gun-arm, but is beaten by Roshi.

Goku & Piccolo (World's Strongest)

Piccolo holding Gohan and Goku with the Power Pole

Wheelo then breaks out of the wall, revealing his brain to be inside a huge robot. Realizing that he was being controlled, Piccolo attacks Wheelo, only to be brushed aside. As Wheelo jumps into the air, Goku, Krillin, and Roshi fire the Master-Student Kamehameha, which does nothing to Wheelo. Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, and Roshi then attack Wheelo, but are unable to win. Goku then fires his Kaio-ken Kamehameha and shoots Wheelo into space. Wheelo decides to destroy the Earth with his Planet Geyser energy wave and move on to another world, but Piccolo and Gohan are able to stop him for a while. Meanwhile, Goku has been collecting energy for a Spirit Bomb; when it is ready, Goku launches it at Wheelo and destroys the mad scientist.





Major battlesEdit


The events of this movie clearly happen after the Vegeta Saga, as Gohan has already trained with Piccolo (he knows him and wears his clothes) and Goku has already trained with King Kai (he wears his emblem on the back of his clothes, and uses both the Kaio-ken and Spirit Bomb). Gohan also has a flashback that shows when Piccolo died saving his life. However, Piccolo is alive, which did not happen until the Frieza Saga, and Goku is back on Earth, which did not happen until the Trunks Saga.

Therefore, the movie might take place in the three years the Z Fighters are training to prepare for the Androids, despite the strange occurrences of Goku not turning Super Saiyan when it was needed, showing strain at the use of a Kaio-ken x4 and still wearing King Kai's symbol.


Dragon Ball Z The World's Strongest the Movie


The movie was originally released on both VHS and Laserdisc in Japan. They were in a 16:9 format, cropped from its original 4:3 format. It was then released later in Japan as part of the well-known Dragon Box sets, remastered from its original film masters and in a 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format. There was much controversy from fans over the decision to crop the movies from its original 4:3 format. The controversy died down when Toei announced that the films were originally animated for widescreen viewing. The boxed set was released (containing all four Dragon Ball and all thirteen Dragon Ball Z movies) with great critical and audience reception.


DVD boxset

In the United States, it was released in May 27, 1998, after the release of the first movie, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, and shortly after the release of the third movie, Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, by FUNimation Entertainment and Pioneer, in VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD. These three movies were uncut, and contained both the Ocean Group dub and the original Japanese dub. They were also released for the first time in a 4:3 format.[1] The three movies were re-released together by Pioneer on October 9, 2001, in a three-movie boxset, called "Dragon Ball Z - Movie Boxed Set".[2]

After Funimation acquired the exclusive DVD rights for the first three movies from Pioneer in 2004, it released The World's Strongest again in November 14, 2006, along with Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone and The Tree of Might movies, in a "First Strike" DVD boxset.[3] It contained a brand-new in-house dub and the original Japanese dub.

Funimation re-released this film in May 27, 2008, alongside Dead Zone, digitally remastered and in a 16:9 format, as a "Double Feature" DVD.[4]

Dragonball Z Movie 5 Pack

Five movie pack

This movie was also re-released by FUNimation in a movie five pack on November 1, 2011, along with Dead Zone, The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, and Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge. However, these are the same disks found on the double features.


Character Name Voice Actor (Japanese / Toei Animation) Voice Actor (English / Ocean Group) Voice Actor (English / FUNimation)
Goku Masako Nozawa Peter Kelamis Sean Schemmel
Gohan Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson Stephanie Nadolny
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil Christopher Sabat
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen Sonny Strait
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg Tiffany Vollmer
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Doug Parker Brad Jackson
Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō Laara Sadiq Cynthia Cranz
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Dave Ward Mike McFarland
Turtle Daisuke Gōri Scott McNeil Christopher Sabat
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Don Brown Christopher Sabat
Bio-Men Dave Ward Chris Cason
John Burgmeier
Dr. Kochin Kōji Yada Ward Perry Troy Baker
Kishime Yukimasa Kishino Ward Perry Chris Rager
Ebifurya Ken Yamaguchi Don Brown Matthew Tompkins
Misokatsun Daisuke Gōri Alec Willows Robert McCollum
Dr. Wheelo Kōji Nakata Paul Dobson R. Bruce Elliott
Narrator Jōji Yanami Doc Harris Kyle Hebert


  • Opening Theme (OP)
    1. "Cha-La Head-Cha-La"
      • Lyrics: Yukinojō Mori, Music: Chiho Kiyooka, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama
Gohans Dream

Gohan's dream during "Pikkoro-san Da~isuki♡"

  • Insertion Song (IN)
    1. "Pikkoro-san Da~isuki♡"; ピッコロさん だ~いすき♡ (I Lo~ve Mr. Piccolo♡)
      • Lyrics: Chiroru Taniho, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Masako Nozawa (Son Gohan)
  • Ending Theme (ED)
    1. "Ikusa (I-KU-SA)"; 戦(I・KU・SA) (The Battle (I-KU-SA))
      • Lyrics: Dai Satō, Music: Takeshi Ike, Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto, Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama


  • This movie is known for using the correct Japanese pronunciation of "Kaio-ken" in the Ocean dub. Although in FUNimation's redubbing of the movie, it is still pronounced "KEI-O-KEN".
  • In the Ocean dub, Dr. Wheelo's name is pronounced Dr. "Willow" while in the FUNimation dub it is pronounced as Dr. "WHEE-LO" as it is spelled.
  • This is the second Dragon Ball Z movie, and its name is similar to the original second episode of the anime, "The World's Strongest Team". Also in the AB Group release of the movie had a cover featuring Goku and Piccolo as they went off to fight Raditz in that episode.
  • This was the first time Master Roshi was actually portrayed fighting in hand-to-hand combat since the Tien Shinhan Saga. Also it is the only DBZ movie where he plays a major role.
  • Master Roshi is able to keep up with the three Bio-warriors fairly well in his fight, even getting a few hits in, while Goku needed the Kaio-ken to defeat each of the Bio-warriors individually.
  • Bulma's appearance in this movie is nearly identical to her appearance while a spectator during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Master Roshi's clothes are also very similar to the ones he wore when he, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu were collecting the Dragon Balls in the King Piccolo Saga.
  • This movie marks the third and final time Goku and Piccolo fight as enemies (as Piccolo is being controlled by Dr. Wheelo). The first time is during the Piccolo Jr. Saga and the second is their brief fight towards the finale of Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone.
  • This movie also marks the final post Dragon Ball scenario in which Goku uses his Power Pole during combat.
  • This movie starts the three-movie chain for main villains killed by Goku using a Spirit Bomb. Dr. Wheelo, Turles (from The Tree of Might) and Lord Slug (from Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug) are all killed by Goku's Spirit Bomb.
  • Scenes from this movie are shown in the Dragon Ball Z Original English anime opening, Rock the Dragon.
  • Dr. Wheelo's fortress has several things in common with Muscle Tower from Dragon Ball. Both are located in cold and snowy climates, and both have levels Goku travels through to rescue someone being held hostage. Additionally, Goku faces an opponent with a stretchy body (Misokatsun and Buyon, respectively).
  • A scene that takes place during the anime — Piccolo sacrificing himself to save Gohan from being killed by Nappa — is shown when Gohan falls asleep during studying.
  • The wish Oolong wants to make with the Dragon Balls in this movie is the exact same wish he made in the Dragon Ball anime (specifically the episode "A Wish to the Eternal Dragon"). However, Shenron will not grant the same wish more than once.
  • In the North American DVD release, in the trailers selection, Bardock's name is spelt "Bardok" in the title Bardock: The Father of Goku.


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