Australian Council on Children and the Media

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

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Not recommended under 8; parental guidance recommended 8-10 (Violence; Scary scenes: coarse language)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F
  • a review of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 12 August 2015.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Not recommended due to violence, scary scenes and coarse language
Children 8-10 Parental guidance recommended due to violence
Children 10 and over OK for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild animated violence and coarse language
Length 90 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

With the defeat of their leader, Lord Freeza (voiced by Chris Ayres), the Freeza army is losing power. In order to regain control of the universe, Sorbet (Jeremy Schwartz) decides to revive his master Freeza using the power of the Dragon Balls. Once restored, Freeza decides to seek revenge on the Saiyan who killed him, Goku (Sean Schemmel). Freeza trains for six months to gain more power and then returns to Earth with his army to seek revenge. But will the Goku and the other warriors on Earth have the power to once again defeat Freeza and his armies? Or will Freeza win and destroy Earth?

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

War; death; supernatural themes

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • The film includes lots of soldiers fighting with either martial arts or supernatural powers. Weapons including guns are also occasionally used.
  • Freeza kills some of his minions by throwing them out of the airlock on his space ship
  • Two characters rob a bank using guns and a policeman kicks the robbers in the stomach.
  • Most of the movie depicts the large battle between Freeza’s soldiers and the warriors on Earth. Mostly there is no blood shown but towards the end of the fight some of the characters are shown with cuts and bruises.
  • Goku almost dies but is revived with a magic bean
  • Freeza blows up Earth in a big explosion

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • Lord Freeza is a scary character who may frighten young children. When he is resurrected there are lightning and explosions.
  • The dragon that comes out of the Dragon Ball is large and frightening
  • Freeza’s dismembered eye rolls onto the ground and some of the characters scream.
  • Through parts of the movie, loud heavy rock music is played. This may be frightening for preschool children
  • During the big battle there are lots of explosions and gun fire which may be frightening
  • A scary sea monster eats some of Freeza’s soldiers
  • Goku almost dies but he is revived with a magic bean. Young children may be scared and saddened by his possible death

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Children in this age group are also likely to be affected by the above-mentioned scenes.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Younger children in this age group may also be affected by the above-mentioned scenes

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing of concern

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • the Dragon Ball Z franchise

Sexual references

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some partial nudity in this movie, including:

  • The female characters show cleavage and wear short skirts.
  • Male characters sometimes show their naked chests and are shown with very large muscles.

Use of substances

Nothing of concern

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • jerk; crap; suck on this; idiot; scumbag; dammit; hell; dummy

In a nutshell

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F is an action-packed Japanese animated movie which is likely to excite fans of the Dragon Ball franchise and appeal to older children. However, the film glamourizes violence. The characters primarily use violence to solve their problems and this suggests to the audience that violence is an acceptable form of conflict resolution. Because of the violence and coarse language this film is not recommended for children under 8 and parental guidance is recommended for 8-10 year olds. There are characters and scenes that are likely to be quite scary for young children.

The main messages from this movie are that you can overcome your enemies by working together and that good will triumph over evil. Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include dedication and cooperation

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the importance of forgiveness and the importance of seeking non-violent solutions to conflict.

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