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Genre: Anime
Starring: Meisa Kuroki, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Romi Pak
Director: Fumihiko Sori
NC-16 (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2007




- Trailers
- Photo Gallery
- Making Of




Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 49 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




Japan, 2077: Japan has become a renegade nation closed to the rest of the world. Shielded from penetration by air, sea and space for 10 years, the island nation has become a dangerous mystery to the United Nations. The country's isolation resulted when it fell out with other countries over the development of robotics and its determination to continue creating them even when they were banned everywhere else. The fear is that it has now taken its creation of human androids to extreme and the only way to find answers is to send in a crack team of fighters to hook up with Japanese underground rebels and find out what's going on. Enter Vexille, a female special agent, whose squad uses ultra-high-tech uniforms, weapons and vehicles to rocket into battle.


In terms of advancing technology, Japan is still one of the undisputed pioneers. Take for example, the recent hi-def format war between Toshiba and Sony that shake up the media world and you get a vague picture of what “Vexille” is trying to hint.

Set in the year 2077 (hence the title), Japan has been cut off from the rest of the civilization world after withdrawing from the U.N. as a result of a disagreement over a biotechnology experiment. Shrouded in high security and secrecy, we learnt that the country is now being controlled by an evil heavy industries empire called Daiwa. An LA based special-ops, S.W.O.R.D is thus assigned by the U.S. government to infiltrate the country to find out more about it’s creation of human androids.

If you have watched “Ghost in the Shell”, “Appleseed” or dozens of other Japanese anime, you won’t be holding your breath for “Vexille”. Yes, there are the usual cool androids, heavy machinery and over-the-top weaponry and vehicles gracing the screen. Even the futuristic environment of LA is a marvel to the eyes. The animation technique which combines the use of 2D and 3D elements called 3DLIVEanimation is simply stunning. You could feel the realism of the explosions too. Even the rendering of the human characters I should say look more alive than ever. When it comes to animation, Japan has proven to the world they are again the undisputed (see I used the word for the second time) King.

Trouble is the writer and also the director of “Appleseed” and “Vexille”, Fumihiko Sori has little to convey in the 109 minutes running time. Sori stressed he is trying to put across the importance of ‘communication’ during the making of feature in “Vexille”. But seriously pardon my ignorance, I don’t see that coming. Droids controlling the world? Apocalypse? A lot of been there done that.

It’s a pity “Vexille” started pretty well but fumbled towards the end. The roles of Vexille (the female agent of SWORD) and the rebel, Maria respectively could have expanded a little. However, you can’t really fault Sori for that since it’s a stand-alone feature.

With an accompanied exhilarating techno score by UK based DJ Paul Oakenfold, “Vexille” has some fun action sequences to satisfy your visual craving. Unfortunately, if you are looking for something deeper, “Vexille” just isn’t the cup of tea for you.


This Code 3 DVD comes with trailers, photo gallery and (to this reviewer’s surprise) a making of feature which detailed director Fumihiko Sori’s journey of making “Vexille”. Running almost an hour, it’s quite refreshing to listen to a director’s thoughts and his interaction with the various voice actors and actresses and also a highlight on the Tokyo international anime festival.


The visual here is faultless. Colors are rich and no visible artifacts are noticed. It’s a brilliant transfer all round. Audio is only available in Dolby Digital 2.0 which is quite a pity consider there are some intensive sequences which would sound more fantastic in 5.1 surround.  



Review by Linus Tee



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