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Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler

General Info

Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler logo
Genresanime, action, fantasy, martial arts
Music ByShunsuke Kikuchi
TaglineGokuʼs Fight with Cooler Resumes Once Again!
Edited ByShinichi Fukumitsu
Film NameDragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
StarringMasako Nozawa, Ryō Horikawa, Toshio Furukawa
Directed ByDaisuke Nishio
Produced ByChiaki Imada
Release Date1992-03-07
Running Time46 minutes
Screenplay ByTakao Koyama
Content RatingPG
Distributed ByToei Company
Original TitleドラゴンボールZ とびっきりの最強対最強
CinematographyMotoaki Ikegami
Country of OriginJapan
World Premiere Date1992-03-07
Production Company NameToei Animation
Production Company Website URLhttp://www.toei-anim.co.jp/
Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler is a new interpretation of the tradition of the hugely popular Dragon Ball Z series. The plot of the film revolves around the hostile takeover of Planet New Namek by the infamous villain Brother Cooler. Frieza. With his death seemingly unfinished, Cooler is now in cyborg form and eager for revenge on our famous hero Goku. The summoning brings Goku, Gohan, and the other Z-Fighters to New Namek, where they discover an army of Meta-Coolers. The Z Fighters engage in a series of intense battles to protect the peace and harmony of the universe. With intense action and plot twists that match the tone of the original series, Return of Shaler is an exciting adventure for all Dragon Ball Z fans. This movie successfully captures the essence of the Dragon Ball Z universe, making it a must-have for anyone who follows the series.


Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler is an epic tale of superheroes' indomitable determination and resilience in the face of an insurmountable enemy. A timeless addition to the legendary Dragon Ball Z franchise, the film gives fans the opportunity to see their favorite characters in an entirely new and exciting setting.
The adventure begins when New Namek, a peaceful planet, is besieged by an army of massive metallic menaces. Goku and his friends witness chaos on New Namek during their peaceful journey to Earth. In an instant, these stalwart companions go from humble composure to preparing for the battle ahead. A deep opponent, Cooler, who was believed to have been destroyed in the previous fiery confrontation, turns out to be stronger and more threatening than ever. After teaming up with the Big Gete Star, he seeks revenge against Goku, the Saiyan responsible for his previous death. This intense encounter pushes Goku to unimaginable limits as it becomes not only a fight to protect his friends, but also a test of survival against Cooler's new, improved form.
The Return of Cooler is a whirlwind of thrilling battles, unshakable friendships, and apparent motivations to protect and survive. It reinforces how camaraderie can be a universal source of strength in the face of adversity. This epic clash with the revived Cooler creates an unforgettable experience for Dragon Ball Z fans with the classic combination of action, suspense and humor adored by fans around the world.



'Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler' "film" screenshots
'Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler' "film" screenshots
'Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler' "film" screenshots
'Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler' "film" screenshots
'Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler' "film" screenshots
'Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler' "film" screenshots


After the planet Namek is destroyed, Frieza's injured brother Cooler transforms into a far more sinister form: Metal Cooler. Now with an indestructible mechanical body, he decides to invade New Namek in a despotic pursuit of power, enslaving the population to help create his "Big Star".
Back on Earth, after receiving a distress call from New Namek, Goku and his friends embark on a rescue mission to save their friends and eliminate the threat posed by Cooler. Upon arrival, they realize the extent of Cooler's threat, and Metal Cooler proves to be a formidable opponent with extraordinary strength and the ability to regenerate.
Meanwhile, Vegeta, captured by Cooler's mechanical clones, tries to break free in the "Great Getta Star" and face Cooler's Legion alone. The Allied Saiyans' initial battles with Metal Cooler's team are grueling and brutal, making them realize the power of Cooler's immortal body.
Seeing no other way to defeat their seemingly invincible foe, Goku and Vegeta decide to fight Metal Cooler together. Before the deadly battle, they find in themselves the strength to radically change. Their combined power leads to an epic clash that culminates in an explosion so powerful it overloads the Big Gete Star.
In a last-ditch effort to survive, the Big Gete Star's central computer, which contains Cooler's consciousness, tries to crush Goku and his friends. However, they manage to escape and detonate the Big Star, seemingly destroying Cooler.
Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler embodies the essence of ruthless perseverance and the incredible strength of unity against a seemingly infallible enemy, a thrilling battle infused with determined camaraderie and classic Dragon Ball Z action.


Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler went through a meticulous creative process that incorporated and enhanced the large-scale dramatic elements that are a hallmark of the Dragon Ball Z franchise. The film was originally intended as a direct sequel to Cooler's Revenge. intended to expand the Dragon Ball Z universe by reintroducing the central antagonist Cooler.
After Cooler's return, the story begins with New Namek under siege. A planet previously saved by Goku and his allies now faced an existential threat once again. The challenge was to create a story that allowed Cooler to make a logical return while staying true to the continuity of the original saga. This required careful refinement of the story.
The animators and producers were tasked with speeding up the action sequences between Goku, Vegeta and the resurrected Cooler. The visual grandeur had to match, if not exceed, the expectations of fans already spoiled by the show's high-octane fights. So the animation team focused on smooth fight choreography and impressive visual effects that highlight the new Metal Cooler. The result was a visually stunning show that pushed the artistic boundaries of the franchise. The film's pacing and screenplay include plenty of fights and memorable moments, with an emphasis on organic character development and emotional storytelling juxtaposed with the action on set. Reprising their roles, the project's voice actors brought the characters to life and gave thrilling performances that added to the importance of the story.
The soundtrack contributed a lot to the mood and atmosphere of the film. He explored different musical styles to create sonic textures to complement the elevated rhythm of the story. The successful combination of orchestral compositions and electronic beats helped emphasize the emotional resonance of key scenes and added another layer of immersion to the film. Despite the busy schedule, Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler was well executed, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team. The show represented a feat of creative power for Dragon Ball Z, catapulting the already beloved franchise to greater heights.


Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler was met with great enthusiasm by fans when it came out.
The plot of the film, intricately woven with action-packed sequences and an emotional story, begins with Goku and Vegeta's fight against the revived Cooler. Once again, they push their limits to face an enemy that threatens their very existence. The battle scenes are breathtaking and reflect artistic and technical brilliance. The film not only stood out for its attractive plot, but also became famous for its impressive animation. The characters are more detailed and the world around them more charged, capturing the visual essence of the Dragon Ball universe. The voice acting also takes a leap forward, adding depth to the characters and their struggles.
Return of Cooler is a testament to the endless potential of the Dragon Ball series, offering its fans a captivating storyline filled with exciting battle sequences, quality animation and amazing voice acting. Since its release, the film has continued to attract new fans while also attracting its loyal fan base.


Although The Return of Cooler was initially overshadowed by the mainstream success of the Dragon Ball Z series, over the years The Return of Cooler has developed a dedicated fan base among anime fans and Dragon Ball enthusiasts. The unique combination of compelling storytelling and powerful fight sequences effectively captures the essence of the beloved franchise.
Audiences and critics alike praised the film for its fast-paced action sequences, stunning visual effects, and the impressive emotional depth of the film's character relationships. Antagonist Cooler was well received, his chilling presence a perfect contrast to the fiery resilience of the main characters. Cooler's portrayal in this film was a refreshing departure from the series' typical villains, and fans appreciated the complexity and character development he brought out. One thing that is particularly noteworthy about the film is the careful attention to detail in depicting the power dynamics between the characters, which gave the film's fights extra tension and intensity. However, some have criticized the film for relying too much on well-known tropes and plots derived from them, expressing a desire for more originality. Despite this, The Return of Cooler maintains its status as a fan favorite and a vital part of the Dragon Ball universe. The film is a testament to the enduring appeal of the Dragon Ball franchise, and its legacy continues to thrive for new generations of anime fans.

Cultural impact

Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler had a huge cultural impact in both Eastern and Western societies. As part of the globally acclaimed Dragon Ball franchise, this film further cemented anime's popularity in global pop culture. The intriguing storyline offers more than just an action-packed adventure; provides moral lessons and insights about courage, friendship, and the pursuit of peace in the face of great struggle. These topics have interested viewers all over the world and left an indelible impression.
One of the highlights of this film is Cool, an evil character praised for his extraordinary complexity. This on-screen antagonist effectively redefined the stereotypically flat and one-dimensional evil anime characters, making the story more immersive and engaging. This redefinition not only became iconic in anime culture, but also influenced the creation and portrayal of villains in other animated series and Western films.
The film also established the trend of anime sequels. It proved that sequels can maintain or even surpass the success of the original by further exploring character arcs, raising the stakes, and introducing new enemies. It set a precedent for anime films and inspired future series and films.
With impressive animation quality, an engaging storyline, and memorable characters, The Return of Cooler is more than just entertainment. Dragon Ball Z's lessons in ethics, perseverance, and friendship have continued to influence the attitudes of the younger generation. The return of Cooler has definitely cemented its place as a cultural milestone not only in anime, but also in the wider context of popular culture.