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Director:
Writers:
Hiroshi Mori (story)
Chihiro Itô (adaptation)
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Release Date:
2 August 2008 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Every day could be your last. Live life like there's no tomorrow.
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
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Cast

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Rinko Kikuchi ... Suito Kusanagi (voice: Japanese version)

Ryô Kase ... Yuichi Kannami (voice: Japanese version)
Shôsuke Tanihara ... Naofumi Tokino (voice: Japanese version)
Megumi Yamaguchi ... Mizuki Kusanagi (voice: Japanese version)
Daisuke Hirakawa ... Aizu Yudagawa (voice: Japanese version)
Takuma Takewaka ... Uroyuki Shinoda (voice: Japanese version)
Mugihito ... Kyoku Yama (voice: Japanese version)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Honda (voice: Japanese version)
Mabuki Andô ... Fooco (voice: Japanese version)
Mako Hyôdô ... Kusmi (voice: Japanese version)
Hiro Shimono ... Pilot (voice: Japanese version)
Yoshinori Fujita ... Pilot (voice: Japanese version)
Ayumu Hasegawa ... Pilot (voice: Japanese version)
Oki Sugiyama ... Pilot (voice: Japanese version)
Fumie Mizusawa ... Call Girl (voice: Japanese version)
Tomomi Watanabe ... Call Girl (voice: Japanese version)
Kenichi Mochizuki ... Mechanic (voice: Japanese version)
Ian Moore ... Public Figure (voice: Japanese version)
Jill Sinclair Ito ... Visitor (voice: Japanese version)
Eija Niskanen ... Visitor (voice: Japanese version)
Joe Claire Bainbridge ... Newscaster (voice: Japanese version)

Joanna Newsom ... (voice: English version)
Clive Davies ... (voice: English version)
Beckey Folk ... (voice: English version)
Brigitte Duchemin ... (voice: English version)
Patric Mansfield ... (voice: English version)
Andrew Ballard ... (voice: English version)
Mary ... (voice: English version)
Olga Naga ... (voice: English version)
Denis Longley ... (voice: English version)
David Ridges ... (voice: English version)
Lucie Fischmannova ... (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuriko Hishimi ... Yuri

Chiaki Kuriyama ... Midori Mitsuya (voice: Japanese version)
Lucy ... Towa's Dog
Yukari Nishio ... Bus Guide / News Announcer (voice: Japanese version)
Pericles ... Towa's Dog
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Towa Sasakura (voice: Japanese version)

Naoto Takenaka ... Master

Troy Baker ... Naofumi Tokino (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Doug Erholtz ... Blond-Haired Children (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Bryce Hitchcock ... Mizuki Kusanagi (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Kirsten Potter ... Fuko (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Cindy Robinson ... Towa Sasakura (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Stephanie Sheh ... Suito Kusanagi (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Michael Sinterniklaas ... Yuichi Kannami (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mamoru Oshii 
 
Writing credits
Hiroshi Mori (story and characters)

Chihiro Itô (adaptation)

Produced by
Tomohiko Ishii .... producer
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa .... executive producer
Tôru Kawaguchi .... line producer (as Toru Kawaguchi)
Seiji Okuda .... executive producer
Maki Terashima-Furuta .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
 
Cinematography by
Hisashi Ezura 
 
Film Editing by
Junichi Uematsu 
 
Art Direction by
Kazuo Nagai 
 
Art Department
Takashi Watabe .... art setting
Kumiko Yusa .... color setting
 
Sound Department
Ronni Brown .... foley artist
Sean England .... foley mixer
Pascal Garneau .... supervising foley editor
Josh Gold .... assistant sound effect editor
Scott Guitteau .... sound effects editor
David C. Hughes .... sound effects editor
Jessica Lemes da Silva .... foley recordist
Zach Martin .... sound recordist
Tom Myers .... sound designer
Tom Myers .... sound re-recording mixer
Clint Smith .... sound mix technician
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... sound
Leff Lefferts .... assistant sound designer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Hisashi Ezura .... visual effects
Hiroyuki Hayashi .... CGI supervisor
Eldred Tjie .... digital artist
 
Animation Department
Tetsuya Nishio .... character designer
Atsushi Takeuchi .... mechanical designer
 
Music Department
Tomoyuki Asakawa .... musician
Kyohei Fukushiro .... music engineer
Kyohei Fukushiro .... music mixer
Fumito Hirata .... musician: piano
Akiko Ida .... music coordinator
Shiro Itoh .... musician: drums
Yuki Kanno .... percussion
Toru Kase .... musician (Bass)
Kenji Kawai .... musician
Shin Kazuhara .... musician: trumpet
Yasuharu Nakanishi .... musician: piano
Tomoko Nakano .... music producer
Yoshihiko Nishio .... composer: theme music
Mayumi Okuzawa .... music producer
Shigeru Otake .... music coordinator
Taeko Shimizu .... musician: vocals
Reiko Yasuda .... music producer
Emi Ôkubo .... music producer
Kenji Kawai .... music arranger (uncredited)
Kenji Kawai .... score programmer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rosemary Dean .... english subtitles
Tetsuro Shimauchi .... english subtitles
Ezra Weisz .... voice director
Isao Yukisada .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Hideaki Anno .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sukai kurora" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for material involving violence, some sexual content and smoking
Runtime:
122 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »

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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [[Mamoru Oshii] [Basset Hound]See more »
Soundtrack:
Kon'ya mo hoshi ni dakarete...See more »

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40 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Thought-Provoking -- Not a Movie for Mainstream Audiences, 19 December 2008
Author: Norman Cook from Orange County, California

It is hard to write a coherent review of The Sky Crawlers without revealing major plot twists, but I will try. I advise you to see the movie without reading too much about it beforehand so that you can enjoy and think about what happens without bias. Do stick around for the epilog after the closing credits.

The Sky Crawlers is a thought-provoking alternate history that will appeal to literate science fiction fans. Mainstream audiences will undoubtedly be bored and confused by what happens in the film. The film examines weighty themes such as the meaning of war and the nature of memories. I was reminded of the recent death of famous amnesiac "HM" while watching The Sky Crawlers, as some of the characters suffer from a similar type of memory loss. Why they suffer this loss is one of the twists that will either spark heated discussion or bewilderment afterward. Like most good science fiction, The Sky Crawlers presents somewhat ambiguous characters and ideas. It is up to the viewer to interpret the meaning.

What worked: The CGI aerial combat sequences were amazing—dizzying and spectacular, with intricately designed air vehicles that spurred the imagination. The characters' emotional depths were thoroughly mined—although not always pleasantly so. The character design and art direction were top notch—the CGI segments were almost photo-realistic, and the 2D segments were beautifully drawn and lighted, too. The Basset Hound was cute.

What didn't work: The pacing was slow—this is a psychological drama, not an action adventure—and could have benefited from some judicious editing. Although I found the transitions from CGI to 2D and back to be perfectly fine, particularly after getting into the rhythm of the film, many viewers will likely find the transitions jarring.

If your tastes run more towards Blade Runner or A Clockwork Orange, you will probably appreciate The Sky Crawlers. If your tastes lean more towards Star Wars or The Incredibles, I advise you to see something else.

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