Dragonball Evolution to get Korean world premiere

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Dragonball Evolution, the upcoming film adaptation of the Dragon Ball manga/anime franchise, will have its world premiere March 12 in South Korea, and stars Chow Yun-Fat and Joon Park appeared in Seoul earlier this week to promote the movie, The Korea Times reported.

The new movie, directed by James Wong, tells the story of teenage Goku (Justin Chatwin), who seeks out the great masters Roshi (Chow) and Bulma (Emmy Rossum). With his friends Yamcha (Park) and Chi Chi (Jamie Chung), he must gather all seven magical orbs before the evil Lord Piccolo (James Marsters) uses them to conquer the world.

"I also love the comic books, but the manga is very [long]," Wong told the Korean press. "There's no way to put all that in the movie. The goal also is to be able to introduce Dragonball not only to fans but those who don't know it. ... Hopefully we'll have a chance to tell the rest of it in subsequent movies."

Dragonball Evolution opens in North America on April 8.