Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler

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Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
DBZ The Return of Cooler JP poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byDaisuke Nishio
Produced byChiaki Imada
Rikizō Kayano
Written byTakao Koyama
Based onDragon Ball
by Akira Toriyama
StarringSee below
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
CinematographyYukio Katayama
Edited byShin'ichi Fukumits
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • March 7, 1992 (1992-03-07) (Japan)
Running time
46 minutes
Box office¥2.72 billion (Japan)[1]

Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Clash!! The Power of 10 Billion Warriors (Japanese: ドラゴンボールZ 激突!!100億パワーの戦士たち, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zetto Gekitotsu!! Hyaku-Oku Pawā no Senshi-tachi) or by Toei's own English title Dragon Ball Z: Fight! 10 Billion Power Warriors, is a 1992 Japanese anime science fiction martial arts film, the sixth Dragon Ball Z movie, originally released in Japan on March 7 at the Toei Anime Fair along with the second Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken and the third Magical Tarurūto-kun movie.


A few years prior, the tyrant Frieza destroyed the Planet Namek during his battle with the newly transformed Super Saiyan Goku. The peaceful Namekians found themselves without a home for months. Eventually they had a new planet created for them with the help of the Dragon Balls. For three years or so they lived in peace on their new planet. One day however, a strange metal planet began to absorb New Namek. The silver planet wrapped around New Namek, absorbing its energy. Dende, who is now the Earth's guardian, senses the plight of his people and calls Goku for help.

Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Oolong, Yajirobe and Master Roshi arrive and encounter an army of strange, large, silent robots. They soon learn, to their horror, that the mastermind behind the invasion is Cooler, Frieza's older brother, who Goku was thought to have killed a few years earlier and who now plans to use the Namekians as biological fuel for his ship, the Big Gete Star. Goku fights Cooler alone, while the other Z-Fighters battle Cooler's robots.

At first the Z-Warriors have trouble penetrating the robots' armor, but Piccolo instructs them to concentrate their energy to one point, and doing so allows them to destroy a few of the robots. However, there are far too many to handle and all the warriors, except Piccolo, are captured along with a village of Namekians. Piccolo is left behind, and destroys all the robots. He then makes his way to rescue those who were captured.

Elsewhere, it becomes apparent that Goku is no match for Cooler's new metallic form which gives him the ability to regenerate himself. Cooler also reveals his ability to use the Instantaneous Movement technique, which Goku also uses. Goku continues to struggle even after becoming a Super Saiyan. Cooler reveals that the Big Gete Star constantly monitors his body, and fixes any damage it might incur, in this case Cooler's arm being torn off by Goku.

Just before Goku is choked to death by Cooler, Vegeta, who had arrived in a separate pod, shows up just in time to help Goku. The two Super Saiyans attack Cooler and they soon are able to kill him. However, the Big Gete Star now recreates not just one, but a thousand physical manifestations of Cooler's consciousness, tipping the balance of power decisively against the Saiyans. Outnumbered and exhausted, Goku and Vegeta are captured and transported to the spaceship's core to be used as energy.

As Cooler is leeching their Saiyan strength via strange wires, he snidely explains his manner of survival: not long after his defeat at Goku's hands, a nearby computer chip floated among a debris of spacecraft until it gained sentience and absorbed everything in its proximity and formed a spaceship. At one point, Cooler's remains, including pieces of his brain, were fused with the main computer allowing him to subsequently take control, effectively meaning Cooler is the Big Gete Star. Goku and Vegeta regain consciousness and release all their Super Saiyan energy to the wires, overloading the system. They then come face to face with the supercomputer's core, the true Cooler. Cooler attempts to crush Goku, but his hand is severed by Vegeta, giving Goku enough time to blast him with the last of his energy, causing the android's ultimate demise. Meanwhile, Piccolo arrives in the fortress, and meets up with a clone of Cooler, which explodes. Eventually, all the other clones of Cooler and every other robot explode. Piccolo and the rest escape before the Big Gete Star leaves New Namek's orbit and explodes.

Goku and Vegeta fall from the sky near the rest of the Z-Fighters, and everyone rejoices. Vegeta is nowhere to be found, but Goku still compliments him for his role in defeating Cooler. Vegeta is shown in his spacepod holding the computer chip that created the Big Gete Star. He then crushes it, ensuring that it will never create another monstrosity like Meta-Cooler ever again.


Character name Japanese voice actor English voice actor
(Creative Products Corp., c. 1995)[2][3]
English voice actor
(Funimation, 2002)
English voice actor
(AB Group, c. 2003)[4]
Goku Masako Nozawa Nesty Ramirez Sean Schemmel David Gasman
Gohan E.J. Galang Stephanie Nadolny Jodi Forrest
Metal Coola (メタルクウラ, Metaru Kūra) Ryūsei Nakao Apollo Abraham as Metal Cooler Andrew Chandler as Metal Cooler Ed Marcus
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Raymond Buyco Christopher R. Sabat Paul Bandey as Big Green
Kuririn Mayumi Tanaka Apollo Abraham as Kurin Sonny Strait as Krillin Sharon Mann as Clearin
Vegeta Ryo Horikawa Raymond Buyco Christopher R. Sabat Doug Rand as Vejita
Kame-sen'nin (Turtle Hermit) Kōhei Miyauchi Nesty Ramirez as Master Muten Mike McFarland as Master Roshi Ed Marcus as Genius Turtle
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Apollo Abraham Brad Jackson David Gasman
Yajirobe Mayumi Tanaka Ethel Lizano Mike McFarland Ed Marcus
Dende Tomiko Suzuki Hazel Lizano Laura Bailey Paul Bandey
Mr. Popo Toku Nishio Apollo Abraham Christopher R. Sabat Doug Rand
Moori Kinpei Azusa
Other Namekians Kazunari Tanaka
Hisao Egawa
Nesty Ramirez
Apollo Abraham
Raymond Buyco
Ethel Lizano
Mitch Frankenberger
E.J. Galang
R.J. Celdran
Mano Abello
David Soon
Bob Karry
Hazel Lizano
Allison Sumrall
Justin Cook
Chris Rager
Tiffany Vollmer
Cynthia Cranz
Chris Forbis
Doug Rand
Ed Marcus
Paul Bandey
Sharon Mann
Jodi Forrest
Guide Robo (誘導ロボット, Yūdō robotto) Toshio Kobayashi [ja] Ethel Lizano Chris Forbis Sharon Mann
Narrator Jōji Yanami Bob Karry Kyle Hebert Ed Marcus

A fourth English dub released in Malaysia by Speedy Video features an unknown cast.


English dub soundtracks[edit]

The score for the Funimation English language version was composed by Mark Menza. The remastered release contains an alternate audio track containing the English dialogue and Japanese background music.

The dub made in the Philippines contained English versions of the Japanese opening and ending theme songs.[5]

English releases[edit]

It was released on DVD in North America on August 13, 2002, it was over 10 years from this movie in 1992. In November 11, 2008, Funimation was released to Blu-ray and DVD with digitally remastered in a Double Feature set with Cooler's Revenge. Then, it was re-released on DVD in a movie 4-packs on December 6, 2011, with second four Dragon Ball Z films[6].


  1. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (January 29, 2019). "Japan Box Office: Dragon Ball Super: Broly Becomes Top-Grossing Film in The Franchise". Crunchyroll. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ https://vimeo.com/23613741
  3. ^ http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/forums/showthread.php?p=117871
  4. ^ "Dragon Ball Z: Big Green Dub Cast - Behind The Voice Actors". www.behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  5. ^ End credits
  6. ^ Dragon Ball Z: Movie Pack Collection Two, Funimation Prod, 2011-12-06, retrieved 2016-04-12

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