Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods | Film review - Japanese anime delivers biffs, bams and humour

Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods
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If you're not already a fan of the hugely popular Japanese manga and anime phenomenon then Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the 18th film in the series, will undoubtedly prove a brain-boggling experience.

Get to grips, however, with series' creator Akira Toriyama's bewildering cast of characters, including impulsive warrior hero Goku and his wilful antagonist Beerus, the Dragon Ball universe's purple, catlike God of Destruction, and what lies in store is a mix of rumbustious martial-arts action and knockabout comedy wrapped in crude but colourful animation.


2013. Certificate 12. Runtime 82 mins. Director Masashiro Hosoda

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is showing on Sky Cinema Premiere from Saturday 13 August.


Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Warrior hero Goku and his allies face an old foe in the 19th feature film in the Japanese children’s animation series when galactic baddie Frieza is resurrected by a loyal underling and goes looking for revenge. The martial arts mayhem goes on and on, but what makes the movie engaging are the roiling emotions going on beneath all the biffing and bamming.

The emotions are surprisingly petty. These superheroes and villains are prey to pride, envy and peevish spite, while Beerus the God of Destruction only refrains from destroying Earth because he has acquired a taste for such planetary foodstuffs as pizza and ice cream.

Yet you have to feel for the wicked Frieza. Accustomed to ruling the universe with an iron fist, he has spent his years in hell being “serenaded by teddy bears”.


2015. Certificate 12. Runtime 94 mins. Director Tadayoshi Yamamuro

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is showing on Sky Cinema Premiere from Saturday 20 August.


Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.