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The Sky Crawlers (2008)
"Sukai kurora" (original title)

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A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds.

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Suito Kusanagi (voice)
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Yuichi Kannami (voice)
Shôsuke Tanihara ...
Naofumi Tokino (voice)
Megumi Yamaguchi ...
Mizuki Kusanagi (voice)
Daisuke Hirakawa ...
Aizu Yudagawa (voice)
Takuma Takewaka ...
Uroyuki Shinoda (voice)
Mugihito ...
Kyoku Yama (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ...
Honda (voice)
Mabuki Andô ...
Fooco (voice)
Mako Hyôdô ...
Kusmi (voice)
Hiro Shimono ...
Pilot (voice)
Yoshinori Fujita ...
Pilot (voice)
Ayumu Hasegawa ...
Pilot (voice)
Oki Sugiyama ...
Pilot (voice)
Fumie Mizusawa ...
Call Girl (voice)
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A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds.

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Every day could be your last. Live life like there's no tomorrow.


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Rated PG-13 for material involving violence, some sexual content and smoking | See all certifications »

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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: After the end credits, a new pilot lands at the airbase and introduces himself to Kusanagi in her office. The scene is almost identical to the opening scene but we do not see the pilot's face. See more »

Soundtracks

Kon'ya mo hoshi ni dakarete...
Lyrics by Ayaka
Music by Yoshihiko Nishio
Performed by Ayaka
Courtesy of Warner Music Japan
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It takes an anime to see myself in the mirror!
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I have to try to write a short review to avoid spilling out any beans But all I wanted to say is, this movie is like a bible - its hidden meaning is totally unlike what it seems from merely its outer appearance. If you cannot think outside the box or if you cannot treat this anime as coming from a surreal genre that requires a high level of intellectual thought to peel off its layers, then you are not prepared to embrace its true power.

For those of you who are ready, just think of the Children and keep this thought throughout while watching this movie (which is understandably made at an ultra-slow pace). It forms the basis of the link between things happening in the movie against something that is already apparent in real life. If you need more clues, please read Oshii's interviews online on his intention of making this movie.

Otherwise, if you get any of the mind-blowing revelation, once you uncovered something along those lines, that caught me off-guard like a plane shooting up sky-high, you will probably feel that 10 stars are not enough for this masterpiece either.


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