Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

Movie review by
Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media
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Dragon Ball tale is mostly battle scenes; for fans only.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Don't let pride rule your decisions; if you let people help you, you're much stronger.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Goku and Vegeta are strong and brave, but they start bickering while fighting the villain and end up fighting each other. When one of them saves all mankind, the other is mad because it wasn't him. Instead of all of the good guys getting together to fight Frieza and save the world, they watch and make sarcastic comments.

Violence

The movie is mostly battle scenes. There's a long battle sequence between the aliens and warriors defending the Earth that includes hand-to-hand combat, laser shooting, and eventually the aliens being destroyed. There's a high-speed chase, martial arts training, and a character getting shot out of a spaceship and sucked into space. Also possibly frightening: Frieza is in Hell as a pupa, surrounded by happy fairies and stuffed animals, and a dragon jumps out of the sea. When it appears that everyone on Earth is dead, a woman cries for lost family. Goku is tortured.

Sex
Language

"Crap," "damn you," "screw you." Characters also call each other names like "jerk," "lardo," and "idiot," and a robber calls a policeman a "pig."

Consumerism

Based on/tied into lots of Dragon Ball Z games, merchandise, and shows.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character drinks something, but it's unclear what it is. 

What parents need to know

Parents Need to Know that Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (dubbed in English for its U.S. release) is a sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and is the 19th film in the Dragon Ball series, a wildly popular Japanese anime franchise featuring shows, movies, and games. This installment is mostly fighting sequences with a bit of dialogue to move the story along. Violence includes hand-to-hand combat, hundreds of wounded aliens being annihilated in an instant, the Earth blowing up, and a character being tortured after being shot with a laser. Language includes "crap," "damn," "screw you," and "idiot." Kids who follow the Dragon Ball stories may be used to the constant fighting, but younger children might be frightened by that and by images of the reincarnated Frieza and some of his aliens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 6, 10, and 15 year old Written byVidel C. June 11, 2017

10 and up

I let my 10 year old daughter watch dragon ball z ressurection f. All it really had was violence so if your kid can handle violence then it's probably ok.... Continue reading
Adult Written byOliviaReviewsIt June 2, 2016

'Quite the Epic Battle', I must say...

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' is the best Dragon Ball Z movie to date. One of Goku's original foes, the galactic tyrant Frieza, returns for ven... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 October 22, 2015

Not as good as Battle Of Gods.

While I enjoyed the movie in my theater (first time showing anime ever) with my brother, I hated the 3D. The movie was released in 3D in Japan only. Not much d... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 8, 2015

It's the best movie eva!

When I went to the movies with my friends I watched this and now I own it. If there was only one movie that I could watch every day of my life it would have to... Continue reading

What's the story?

DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION 'F' is a sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and follows the aftermath of the resurrection of Frieza (voiced by Chris Ayres), one of the universe's most destructive villains. Once he's come back to life, Freiza assembles an army of 1,000 aliens, determined to get revenge on Goku (Mario Castaneda Partido) and the Saiyans. Goku must return from training with Vegeta (Rene Garcia) in Beerus' (Jason Douglas) world in order to save Earth.

Is it any good?

This so-so animated adventure is basically one long battle sequence, with a little bit of dialogue here and there. For those looking for cool anime with a lot of martial arts and epic air battles, it could be fun to watch. But for anyone who isn't already familiar with the franchise, Resurrection is a bit hard to follow. There are quite a few warriors who help fight to save the Earth, and they can't really work together very well. Instead of trying to help Goku and Vegeta fight Frieza, they watch and make sarcastic comments. It's not a great movie, but fans of the franchise will be into the action.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the combative relationship between Goku and Vegeta. Why do you think they have so much trouble working together? What message does that send viewers? Why do you think the other heroes in the movie are helpful to one another?/violence-in-the-media/does-exposure-to-violent-media-desensitize-kids-to-violence

  • What role do violence and fighting play in the movie? Could you tell the story with less of either/both? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

  • Do you ever let pride get in the way of your actions?

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