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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 ...
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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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River of Crystals
Lyrics by Miu Sakamoto
Composed by Kenji Kawai
Performed by Kimiko Ito
Courtesy of Warner Music Japan
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Bear with me... And bear with the film, too
7 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

I would always see this film on the shelf of the ANIME section of my local BLOCKBUSTER store. When they had their OUT OF BUSINESS sale, I figured buying it at a discount couldn't hurt. It would be a month and a half until I would finally sit and watch it. Please bear with me, this is my first written review. The story follows a young fighter pilot named Yukito who has just transferred to a new base. He is puzzled by feelings of Deja vú and by the fact that nobody will answer him about the pilot he is replacing. One thing viewers should keep I mind is that this isn't the action packs spectacle the cover makes it appear to be. Don't get me wrong, there are some stunning dogfights in this movie, but they are few and far in between. Most of the movie's time is spent following Yukito as he tries to unravel the mystery of his predecessor, of his superior, Kusenagi, and his own past. And honestly, I found it thoroughly engrossing. Almost as much as the battles which got a tad bit confusing because all the planes look similar. The movie goes for a more philosophical approach on the topic of war and peace, poses questions about the choices we make as humans. The movie however did get a tad cliché near the end, and I would be lying if I said that I didn't see a lot of the plot twists coming a mile away. But it still holds interest, builds up suspense, creates a certain atmosphere, and brings new ideas that will have you mulling over for a couple hours after viewing. Just know that this movie takes a slower pace and isn't as much about the fighting as it is the who and why.


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