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Vexille

Fumihiko Sori    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Vexing Vexille 6 Sep 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vexing "Vexille" 17 July 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Story, score and characters held my attention 14 Jun 2008
By calmly
Format:DVD
There's something appealing about being able to transform into an android. Too bad there's not a way to do it without harsh consequences. What madness to experiment on such a large scale. The use of advanced bio-tech made this topical even if I don't expect this kind of bio-tech to be appearing any time soon :-)

I didn't feel like an old man having to considering whether this film would only be enjoyable by young people [It's rated PG-13]. It was enjoyable for me. This Paul Oakenfold score was a big enhancement. Voices were excellent.

Was it predictable? Perhaps to some extent, certainly I had faith Vexille would succeed, but it moved along well and there were some significant surprises. I'd enjoy watching "Vexille" again, there was enough going on to make at least a second viewing worthwhile. And nowadays, seeing humanity win one is reassuring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 25 Nov 2013
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the story is good the animation a little bit robotic but japanese imagination is crazy, i complete recomend it, good
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad film, but not exciting either. 25 April 2013
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The washed out colours (could be described as subtle), movement of the characters, quiet feel to this film reminded me of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, which was quite ground breaking at the time it was made. I think the trouble is that things have moved on. The plot could hardly be simpler, and possibly echoed the opening up of Japan in the 1800's. Self imposed isolation, with jealous outside counties desperate to break through and control trade, a special ops force instead of a gunboat, a faded love triangle tainting the air in an attempt to add tension. Only this time around there is no exotic Floating World to discover behind the protective barriers, just freedom fighters holding onto the last of their perceived humanity. It all sounds a bit familiar doesn't it? There are parts of this film I had to admire, but nothing that stopped me breathless in my tracks, compared to some scenes from Ghost in the Shell for example. I probably will watch it again, give it a second go, but I found it disappointing first time around.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OKish
Can't honestly say I really enjoyed this film. It passed a couple of hours but was instantly forgettable for me.
Published 11 months ago by JonRev
5.0 out of 5 stars Vexille blu
Thanks to Funimation for bringing this out on blu ray, happy to have it. As usual, no sign of UK version, but this is region free, so there you go.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. D. D. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars amazon
i choosed this rating cause it was interesting,there was nothing i disliked about this dvd and would recommend to a friend.
Published 16 months ago by lodgey79
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime at its best!
It's only recently that I considered watching animated feature films, ands the standard has now reached a suffciently high quality that this opens up a new 'genre', eg... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF VEXILLE DVD
Another excellent film in the 'Ghost in the Shell' style, loaded with action and another apocalyptic future possibility needing cyborg special forces.
Published on 10 May 2012 by Mark
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid feature, with some great visuals
Not sure why I can't bring myself to give it 5 tbh

visuals story are great... must just be missing some extra special something, idk...

recommend it tho :)
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by BookWorm v CodeMonkey
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a clue in the title
In 2067, the bicentennial year of the Meiji Restoration, Japan suddenly closes its borders to the world, preventing not only people from entering or leaving, but also information. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2010 by PlayerPianoPlayer
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful, may Not be Blu-Ray
Oddly, my copy of this is NOT Blu-Ray. No logo on the box, nor on either of the discs, plus, it plays in my old Denon DVD player. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Mr. D. Preston
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be far better
Good:

Nice FX
Fast and furious

Bad:

Sountrack is way below average to my taste except for a few tracks
Storyline is weak, a bit... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Mr. D. Rtveliashvili
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another piece of anime excellence, the film is Japanese audio with English subs but it isn't hard to follow. Read more
Published on 19 July 2009 by Admiral
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