Yet another Dragonball Z film has hit the big screen here in NA, and surely, fans rejoice!
Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (ドラゴンボールＺ 復活の’F’) is the 19th film in the Dragonball series and the 2nd screened in NA theaters (the first being last year’s Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods). It has a limited screening of only 9 days from August 4 through 12, so be sure to check out your local theaters for showtimes, or go to dragonballz.com, because tickets are selling fast!
In Japan, the film was screened in IMAX 3D and also received screenings at 4DX theaters, but sadly, NA did not. We chose Village East Cinema on 181-189 2nd Ave but many other theaters are participating in this FUNiMATION event. Along with the film, they played a special pre-show where some Dragonball Z voice actors, such as Chris Sabat (the voice of Vegeta) and Sean Schemmel (the voice of Goku), answered trivia questions from fans via twitter as well as gave fans some behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the English dubbed version of the film. There was also an exciting announcement that this theater is expected to have an impressive lineup of anime movie screenings this year and next due to the amazing turnout by fans. I am very excited for screenings of The Boy and the Beast (バケモノの子 Bakemono no Ko) by Mamoru Hosoda, known for Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪 Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki) and Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin), a live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s popular manga. During every screening of Resurrection ‘F’ in this theater, you have the option of signing up for a mailing list where you will be kept informed of all anime movie screenings – so be sure to look out for that! You don’t wait to miss out!
Resurrection ‘F’ starts off with, as the title suggests, the resurrection of the ruthless and feared Lord Freeza. This means big trouble for Earth, since on it lives the last 2 Saiyans, a race that Freeza sought to eradicate from the universe, and he was somewhat successful, when he destroyed the Planet Vegeta. However, 2 Saiyans remain alive on Earth and it is Freeza’s life wish to kill them all, especially Goku. Unaware of Freeza’s revival, Goku and Vegeta train with super-being Whis so they can better harness the power of Saiyan God form (which was a new concept introduced in this film’s predecessor Battle of Gods) The other ‘Z’ fighters (minus Yamcha & Tien, which ushered many laughs from the movie-goers) sense the impending doom coming to their planet and confront Freeza when he arrives with thousands of soldiers. Eventually, Goku and Vegeta catch wind and teleport to Earth to help defeat Freeza once and for all with their new found abilities. But Freeza has some new tricks up his sleeve as well – a new final form! Resurrection ‘F’, to me, was much more enjoyable that Battle of Gods, in the sense that there was more detailed, choreographed fight sequences between the characters. And of course, it had its Dragonball signature charm of goofiness and the art was just great – Akira Toriyama at its finest. There was some CG incorporated into the mix, which I don’t always like in an anime, but it worked pretty well here. This film is definitely recommended for any Dragonball fan and I look forward to hearing what you all thought of it! Be sure to leave a comment below!
Dragonball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (ドラゴンボールＺ 復活の’F’)
Directed by Tadayoshi Yamamuro
Screenplay by Akira Toriyama
Distributed by Toei Animation
Running time 93 minutes