The manga of Dragon ball began to be published in 1984, while its anime began two years later. Since then it has become one of the references of current pop culture.
To the extent that it has not only influenced other series in Japan, but even creations beyond the borders of that country. One of the more recent examples is the film of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings from Marvel studios, which premiered this year.
Shang-Chi’s movie is heavily inspired by Dragon Ball
In this film there are some references to the adventures of Goku and his friends. One of them has to do with the execution of an attack style Kame-hame-ha which was made by himself Shang-chi.
That’s using the power of the rings and spinning them at high speed. According to the director of this film, Destin Daniel Cretton, the work of Akira toriyama greatly influenced his work with this film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This is why an artist known as samukarts shared in Instagram a design of Shang-chi, played by actor Simu liu, as if it were Goku from Dragon ball. He did not have to modify much to say.
Just added the costume of this Warrior Z, while the color of the sphere generated by the rings changed. Now it is blue, remembering the beginning of the technique of the Kame-hame-ha. It also gave her hair more volume.
Simu Liu characterized as Goku is not bad at all
Not too much, but just a little, to create a realistic version of Goku. The result can be seen in one of the images that accompany this note. Another screenshot shows how it appears Shang-chi in the movie.
This gives an idea of what a tape would look like. live-action based on the characters of Toriyama. But after the critical and box office disaster that was Dragonball Evolution it seems that the idea of another similar project was left for peace.
One of the main problems that Western companies have that adapt manga and anime with live actor productions is that they do not respect the original material.
They make changes without rhyme or reason, causing irritation and annoyance in the target audience. Currently, the rights to tapes live-action from Dragon ball are in the hands of Disney, which he obtained from the Fox. But he doesn’t show much interest.