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The year is 2012. Due to an environmental contaminant, the human population has been decimated, including all males, leaving only women behind. Facing extinction, some have decided to accept their doom and live to seek pleasure; others are still trying to use science to fight off that fate. In central Tokyo, one of the last inhabited areas in the world, these two groups face off in a struggle over a hidden sample of "ICE," a substance that could save humanity. (Japanese with English subtitles)

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  • Actors: Junko Minagawa, Landsknecht Akira Ishida, Eri Kitamura, Haruna Ikezawa, Kurumi Mamiya
  • Directors: Makoto Kobayashi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Seminal Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060ANSI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Edward L Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 29, 2012
Format: DVD
Science fiction and anime are a match made (mostly) in cinema heaven, but I'll have to admit to being at a loss for words over much of what transpired in ICE. It's the future (or maybe it ain't). There's a queen (or maybe she's just a dictator), and there are these fancy female police officers (or maybe they're samurai warriors). It all feels like it's supposed to be really important or culturally relevant, but given the tale's structure I'm at a loss to tell you anything definitive about it ... other than the fact that it all felt a bit cold.

A drastic calamity in Earth's environment somehow causes every male on Earth to die. For reasons not quite explained, the remaining women go to war - it appears to have all been territorial issues - and, not unlike SyFy's recent update of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, the human population is down to the quintuple digits. The survivors break into two primary factions - one driven to live out their days in pleasure, one driven to stop our inevitable extinction - and now a full-scale war begins ... as I said, for reasons that are never quite clear.

ICE appears to be a story about nihilism and a society's desire to manifestly destroy itself. I say this principally because the disc's packaging hints at it as well does one key scene from the film: a male infant appears mysteriously in a museum, and the human response is (confusingly) to kill it. And kill it they do! With a super powered machine gun! Why they did it remains a bit of a mystery, though I suspect there may've been another nefarious element at play here; however, if it was, it escaped my understanding entirely.
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This anime film strives hard to hammer the point to the viewer that mankind was responsible for his own demise. It really goes over this over and over until one comes away with that fact rather then the quality of the story itself. The film has high quality animation but the plot sometimes gets lost in favor of the writers wanting too many subplots that are not resolved by the films end. The story- in 2012 a Russian space station falls to Earth and was carrying a biological agent that ends up killing off billions. Males are more susceptible to the virus and chaos envelops the world. North America is devastated by a nuclear disaster and the remnants of the US navy try to take over Tokyo. The Japanese defeat the invaders and decides on isolation from the global chaos. Many years later the last man dies leaving a population solely of women living in the Tokyo region. (20,000 is the pop.) Now the film really starts and within the first hour the viewer knows the faction of the Guardsmen (the SDF of the future) want to preserve the race somehow but the Kisunaragi (the nobility) want the human race to face extinction as humans have had their time. The rodan like creatures in one scene have no interest in eating humans because we are now poison to all wildlife due to the ecological corruption in our bodies. ICE refers to the biological agent that may allow humanity to survive past the current (and last) generation. The concept has its merits but the application in the film will have many viewers wondering why the writers had to make the story so disjointed rather than have the story more straight forward. Looking at the film one wishes that the story had more overall flow rather than having to piece it together.
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