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

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Drama  |  2 August 2008 (Japan)
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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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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 »

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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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A Subtle, Difficult, Character-Driven Film, Full of Beauty and Violence
15 September 2009 | by (Arizona, United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit, it was difficult to get into the right mood to watch "Sky Crawlers." I was expecting one thing, a war film, and while there were moments of that, I found myself confronted with a world full of characters with human concerns, and a strict atmosphere that called upon the audience to pay attention to the details.

Having watched and enjoyed other films by Oshii (this one most resembling "Avalon" in tone and theme), I knew that I'd be in for something demanding and stoic, but I was also surprised by just how initially uncharismatic the two main characters were. However, as the film progressed, I found myself drawn in by their mysterious histories, and eventually deeply sympathizing with their tragedy.

To explain the nature of the pilots is to spoil the film, but rest assured, every frustration and question you have concerning the characters is answered by the end –just make sure you sit through the end of the credits! However, whether or not you are satisfied in the end is another question entirely. While the chaotic, crowd-pleasing dogfights and strikingly rendered landscapes are sure to get a rise out of any audience, the mystery of the characters themselves is initially impenetrable and unwelcoming.

On the other hand, Oshii's depiction of emotionally mature, personally tortured characters is a unique landmark in animation. While there have been other animated films concerned with serious character drama, few of them have chosen to completely eschew melodrama with the exacting discipline of this film.

The film strikes a strange balance between frenetic action scenes and serious character exploration. It won't please everyone. But if you enter "Sky Crawlers" with an open mind, you may find something exciting, brutal, and heartbreaking here.


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