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Vexille


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  • Directors: Fumihiko Sori
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Multivision
  • Run Time: 109.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KWUP8

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2077. da 10 anni il giappone ha abbandonato l'onu perche' contrario alle limitazioni che l'organismo internazionale poneva alla sperimentazione sugli androidi. da allora l'arcipelago nipponico e' divenuto impenetrabile grazie a un campo magnetico che impedisce a qualsiasi satellite di vedere cosa accade sul suo territorio. gli stati uniti sono ormai convinti che la sperimentazione abbia abbondantemente superato qualsiasi limite accettabile e, pur mantenendo relazioni ufficiali, inviano in giappone una forza speciale, la sword, incaricata di neutralizzare la centrale di produzione degli androidi.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
It doesn't come as a huge surprise that "Vexille" is from the people who brought the world "Appleseed" and its even better sequel "Appleseed Ex Machina."

And in "Vexille," the cyberpunk flavor, the big mecha, and the futuristic world full of political and technological conflict are all firmly in place, along with some pretty slam-bang action sequences and a darker, grittier feeling. While it lacks some character development and feels rather bleak at times, it's still a pretty entertaining story -- now if only it had fleshed out the main cast a little more.

About seventy years in the future, the world is worried about the advancement of robotics technology. So the UN orders them restricted, and Japan decides to cut itself off from the rest of the world.

But ten years later, a biomechanical leg shows the UN just what has been going on in Japan. So the American tech police known as SWORD are sent into Japan to find out if the isolated country has been doing illegal robotics research, which no other country allows. They aren't, and the movie ends there. Seriously, the Daiwa Corporation has decided to guide mankind's evolution through machinery, and the the SWORD agents are met with a very warm, nasty welcome.

After being rescued by the rebel Maria, Vexille finds that the biorobotics Daiwa Corporation has reduced the once-proud Japan to a vast, barren slum devoid of truly human life. Even worse, a nanotech "vaccine" transforms the Japanese into mindless machines. Vexille's only hope of saving herself -- and her lover Leon -- is to join forces with a small band of rebels before Japan is completely destroyed by Daiwa.

"Vexille" is a very different animal from the "Appleseed" movies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 July 2008
Format: DVD
It doesn't come as a huge surprise that "Vexille" is from the people who brought the world "Appleseed" and its even better sequel "Appleseed Ex Machina."

The CGI look, the cyberpunk flavor, the big mecha, and the futuristic world full of political and technological conflict are all firmly in place, along with some pretty slam-bang action sequences and a darker, grittier feeling. While it lacks some character development and feels rather bleak at times, it's still a pretty entertaining story -- if only it fleshed out the main cast a little more.

About seventy years in the future, the American tech police known as SWORD are sent into Japan to find out if the isolated country has been doing illegal robotics research. They aren't, and the movie ends there. No, seriously, they are, and all the SWORD agents are killed except for Vexille and her boyfriend.

Moreover, Vexille finds that the once-proud Japan is ruled over by the evil Daiwa Corporation, which wanted to experiment with robotics, biotech and so forth. Now it is barely more than a mass slum. Even worse, a nanotech "vaccine" has reduced its inhabitants to mindless husks. Vexille's only hope of saving herself -- and her lover Leon -- is to join forces with a small band of rebels.

Those hoping for another "Appleseed" will probably be quite disappointed with "Vexille" -- the colorful, sparkling "utopias" of those two movies are not to be found in this one. Instead "Vexille" seems to be aiming at a darker, grimier aesthetic, with a more complex plot full of political machinations and some fairly hefty moral questions as well.

It's a pretty amazing spectacle -- action-packed fights, nanotech leviathans, and a small-scale apocalyptic finale, rendered in detailed, fast-moving CGI animation.
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As far as sci-fi futures go, the world that Vexille finds herself in isn't one you would wish for.

Vexille and her colleagues are working for security agency SWORD in a world where Japan has refused to obey UN guidelines and has had an isolation policy for ten years, sealing itself off from the rest of the world using an electromagnetic field.

If you thought Terminator or I-Robot were disturbing, you'll already know that the darker side of robot technology isn't pleasant. Finely tuned killing machines, the hunks of metal in Vexille have no mercy. The likes of R2D2 and the cuddly paranoid android Marvin from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy wouldn't stand a chance against the robots that inhabit director Fumihiko Sori's animated world.

The SWORD agents are out to infiltrate Japan and find out what's going on, discovering the threat to humankind posed by android technology. Vexille teams up with Japanese resistance leader Maria, a pairing that results in fast action and reveals an unsettling plot.

Robot killing machines, hi-tech humans and state-of-the-art robotic gear are just the beginning, but what is to come is far more disturbing. The Japanese government artificially creates a virus that causes a fever. People in their masses are forced to get injected with a so-called anti virus.

Instead the injection contains a robotic strain of biometal that infiltrates human cells, causing them to become metal. This is a gradual process, culminating in a possession where the eyes turn black and the robot takes over.

Ultimate control, ultimate power, immortality, devoid of emotion, balanced: the creator thinks human robots are a perfect specimen.
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