- Release Date: August 4 -12, 2015 (USA)
- Director: Tadayoshi Yamamuro
- Screenplay: Akira Toriyama
Dragon Ball Z is set to hit the big screen for a limited theatrical event August 4-12. The film titled “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’” marks the first time that I have had the pleasure of seeing anime on the big screen and it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ does a pretty decent job of holding its own for viewers that have never seen the show or for people like me that have not watched in a long time. It does pay to have been a die-hard fan of the show however because the film hits the ground running. The Frieza Force has been is in search of the Dragon Balls in order to resurrect Frieza . They head to Earth where Pilaf, Mai, and Shu have a way of tracking down Dragon Balls and have already collected 6/7. Needless to say they bring Frieza back to life and as Frieza resumes his command his only goal is to exact his revenge on Goku for the decade he has spent in Hell. Frieza ‘s minions inform him that Goku has grown much stronger over the last decade to the point where he has defeated Majin Boo. Having never trained a day in his life Frieza trains for the next six months before heading back to Earth to battle Goku and his friends.
Upon arriving on Earth Frieza learns that Goku is training with Vegeta on another planet so he sets his sights on Gohan and the rest of Goku’s companions. Gohan, Piccolo, Tien, Krillin, Master Roshi, and Jaco take on Frieza’s army of 1,000 warriors while Bulma sends word to Goku and Vegeta of Frieza’s return.
Dragon Ball Z’s signature mix of humor and action are front and center in this new film with tons of laugh out loud moments from Krillin, Bulma, Master Roshi and Jaco. The rivalry between Vegeta and Goku even while taking on Freeza is so ridiculous that it’s hilarious. The battles are well done with the battle between Goku’s friends and Frieza’s army being one of the highlights. The english dub of the film is pretty well done and if you are a fan of the show you know exactly what to expect. Goku’s Clark Kent/Superman transition from super-dork to badass warrior never gets old.
Dragon Ball Z, action movie and anime fans will not want to miss Frieza’s return and seeing it on the big screen takes it to another level. It’s fun and can be a tad cheesy at times but Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is definitely a ride worth taking.
Final Score 8.5/10