LaMB is a 2009 Singaporean-Japanese animated film directed by Ryosuke Tei based on a script written by Carmelo S. J. Juinio and illustrated by Yasufumi Soejima, produced by Animax. The film tells the storey of a futuristic inhabited planet that has seemingly perfected a system of justice and imprisonment, called "Lamination". Individuals convicted of serious crimes are encased in laminated suits, which results in virtual slavery. The criminals are referred to as "LaMBs". The protagonists struggle with the political and ethical system of laminated imprisonment, leading to the eventual development of a romantic relationship between a free citizen and a LaMB.
LaMB takes place in the distant future on a desert planet called Cerra. The storey features a prison system, in which prisoners are sealed in personal containment systems known as "laminated suits" and used for labor. Prisoners go through a "Lamination" process, where they're fitted with cybernetic, laminated skin-tight suits. In these suits, they can move around and completed work assignments that can't be done by machine or robots. Law-abiding citizens are protected, while the criminals become members of society in a futuristic prison system. This process ensures that convicted criminals remain productive members in a system of virtual slavery. The storey encompasses the dichotomy between the theory and practise of a futuristic society's justice system.
The lamination process and system of virtual slavery has made both gaols and the death penalty obsolete in a world where human ingenuity, creativity, and labour continue to be precious commodities that can't be replaced by robots or any form of artificial intelligence. The system additionally sparks off philosophical debates among citizens presenting pros and cons of the ethical feasibility of "Lamination".
The storey follows protagonists Sara Integra and Jack Griswold's struggle against Cerra's system of imprisonment. Major Sara Integra is a former weapons specialist in bio-weapons division. While she was on a military assignment, innocent lives were lost throughout an experiment gone wrong. She was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 200 years encased in a laminated suit. Sara forever became known as Eve, or Eve1135.
When she became a LaMB, Eve was assigned a Shepherd. Shepherds control the actions and movement of the LaMBs. Included among the laws of society are that LaMBs must only act upon instructions of their Shepherds. While LaMBs can hear others, they can't speak, nor can they touch another human being unless ordered by their Shepherd. Dr. Jack Griswold was assigned to be Eve's Shepherd.
Griswold is a scientist from another planet, specialising in advanced botanical engineering. He has been assigned the task to restore vegetation to the dry, desert planet. Among Griswold's superiors is Keiko Suzuki, Chief Scientific Advisor specialising in biophysics, and Sara Integra's niece. She has been deeply affected by the death of her parents, and her aunt's imprisonment, and lamination and has made revenge her ultimate goal in life.
Griswold tends to display workaholic traits, presumably in order to forget the recent loss of his wife. His curiosity and soul-searching thirst to understand the complexities of the universe drives his research. He tends to spend more time in the lab than anywhere else and his intense focus on his research makes him appear awkward when in comes to social interaction. Griswold inadvertently gets pulled into the politics and ethics behind the system of "Lamination", as well as a romance with Eve.
Keiko's anti-LaMB organisation and conspiracy is discovered, and she's put into a lamb suit. Due to recent developments in technology her suit is part plant possibly. She goes on a rampage and tries to destroy Eve1135, but she's immobilised by touching Griswold while she attacked him. She loses her balance and falls off the building. Eve1135 is eventually released from prison (possibly hundreds of years later) and she's just Sara Integra and she kisses Griswold after they put flowers on his wife's grave.
LaMB is based on a screenplay originally entitled Laminated Woman: To the Sand Planet Cerra written by Carmelo S. J. Juinio, one of the finalists of the 2007 Animax Awards Pan-Asia Animation competition. Its release was considered by Animax to be an example of the industry potential of user-generated content. The film is Animax's first original production presented in high definition, encompassing a series of multi-platform, multidisciplinary, and multimedia activities that revolve around the launch of the movie. The goal of the film producers had included the desire to redefine the entertainment experience for consumers from premiere to post-premiere of the film.
- Dr. Jack Griswold voiced by Vanness Wu (in both English and Mandarin versions)
- Sara Integra (also known as 'Eve') voiced by Petrina Kow (in the English version)
- Keiko Suzuki voiced by Josie Ho (in English and Cantonese versions), Tanaka Chie (in the Mandarin version)
Kow is a Singaporean animation voice director who has directed and voiced pre-school shows including Taoshu: The Warrior Boy, Shapes and Olive and The Rhyme Rescue Crew. She was additionally a radio host on Class 95FM's in-house morning radio show with Mark Van Cuylenberg from 2000 to 2002, and Radio 91.3's morning show with Joe Augustin from 2006 to 2007.
In 2004, Ho was honoured with the Hong Kong Award as Best Supporting Actress for her work on the film, Naked Ambition.
The film has been shown on Animax channels throughout the world after 2009, dubbed into several languages for several different regions: English for the Southeast Asian region, Mandarin for China, Cantonese for Hong Kong, Hindi for Indian audiences, and Japanese for Animax Japan. The film has additionally been developed into four different episodes for Mobile and PSP users.
Canadian band Simple Plan's "I Can Wait Forever" was used for the film's title track. The song "Summertime", by American band The Click Five is additionally featured in the film. Animax Asia and Peach Blossom Media produced music videos for both songs that premiered on Animax across Asia and online on December 2008.
Sony Pictures Television developed a tie-in online game on the same year of its release, broken into four unique chapters. There is additionally a meta game that offers each user the opportunity to select a side in the battle. User options include pro– or anti–lamination. Individual scores earned are additionally compiled and contributed to each side for an overall competition of "LaMBs vs. Shepherds".