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USA: The Bigger Picture
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast (voices of): Meisa Kuroki, Shosuke Tanihara, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Tetsuya Kakihara, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Akio Otsuka,Romi Pak, Takahiro Sakurai
Director: Fumihiko Sori
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 109 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief strong language
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate action violence
USA Release Date: 14 February 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 23 May 2008 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 9 May 2008 (Limited Release - London, ICA)
In the year 2077, Japan has withdrawn from the world community after defying international treaties on bio-technology. Now nobody outside the country has any idea what's happening within its fortress borders. The US send an elite team of commandos - led by Vexille (Meisa Kuroki) - to bring back Japan's secrets, prompting a series of exciting set-pieces as the rebel force go up against the country's corporate rulers.
Stunning animated sci-fi from the team behind the ground-breaking APPLESEED and SORI, and the director of PING PONG. Despite being indebted to such genre classics as ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, ROBOCOP, MAD MAX 2 and DUNE, VEXILLE is a provocative and original fantasy which will appeal to anyone looking for state-of-the-art action adventure, animated or not.