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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)
DVD Playhouse--May 2009
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 11 May 2009, 11:22 PM, PDT)

'Wrestler' brings Venice fest to its feet
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Japan anime duo wins at Venice
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A Subtle, Difficult, Character-Driven Film, Full of Beauty and Violence See more (30 total) »

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
Toru Kawaguchi .... line producer
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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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Subtle, Difficult, Character-Driven Film, Full of Beauty and Violence, 15 September 2009
Author: hajj628 from Arizona, United States

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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