2067: Isolation. Japan seals herself off from the eyes of the world in the face of unilateral international policy setting strict limits on the use of robotic technology. The island nation exists only behind a veil of seclusion. No soul shall enter. No soul shall leave.
2077: Revelation. The veil is breached. Japan is infiltrated by agents of the organization S.W.O.R.D., a fighting force operating outside of the protection of the United States and her allies. Their mission: Determine if the Japanese are developing banned robotic bio-technology, forbidden due to its threat to humankind.
In the battle between machine and man, humanity stands to suffer most.
Includes 2 hours of special features: Opening Comments from the Locarno Film FestivalFollowing Sori's Work as an Animation CreatorVoice Acting FootageCreating the Cities in VEXILLE2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair EventSori's Guest Lecture at Digital Hollywood TokyoAn Old Friend Pays Sori a VisitBehind-the-Scenes Footage of ICHICreating VEXILLE's 3D AnimationCreating the Music in VEXILLESori's Closing CommentsThe Secrets of VEXILLEOriginal TV Spots and Previews
The Blu-ray release of Vexille
includes numerous extras that were only available on the Limited Edition (Director's Cut)
. These extras include: Opening Comments from the Locarno Film Festival, Sori's Work as an Animation Creator, Voice Acting Footage--Voice of Vexille, Creating the Cities in Vexille, 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair Event, Sori's Guest Lecture at Digital Hollywood Tokyo, Voice Acting Footage--Voice of Leon, An Old Friend Visits Sori, Behind-the-Scenes Footage of ICHI, Creating Vexille's 3D Animation, Voice Acting Footage--Other Cast Members, Creating the Music in Vexille--Part 1, Creating the Music in Vexille--Part 2, Vexille 's Premiere, Sori's Closing Comments, The Secrets of Vexille, Original TV Spots and Previews, FUNimation Trailers. ("Sori" refers to director Fumihiko Sori.) The extras, which were prepared for Japan, are standard making-of hype, loaded with superlatives. The one real relevation in the material is that Mori was shooting a live action film in tandem with Vexille
. Although he talks about wanting to make Vexille
appear life-like, he never explains why realism should be the aim of animation. The clarity of the Blu-ray disc brings out the details in the backgrounds and the mecha
in the film, but it also makes the weakness of the character animation even more obvious. (Rated PG-13: violence, violence against women, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon