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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.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Hiroshi Mori (story and characters), Chihiro Itô (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rinko Kikuchi ... Suito Kusanagi (voice)
Ryô Kase ... Yuichi Kannami (voice)
Shôsuke Tanihara ... Naofumi Tokino (voice)
Megumi Yamaguchi Megumi Yamaguchi ... Mizuki Kusanagi (voice)
Daisuke Hirakawa Daisuke Hirakawa ... Aizu Yudagawa (voice)
Takuma Takewaka Takuma Takewaka ... Uroyuki Shinoda (voice)
Mugihito Mugihito ... Kyoku Yama (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Honda (voice)
Mabuki Andô Mabuki Andô ... Fooco (voice)
Mako Hyôdô ... Kusmi (voice)
Hiro Shimono ... Pilot (voice)
Yoshinori Fujita Yoshinori Fujita ... Pilot (voice)
Ayumu Hasegawa Ayumu Hasegawa ... Pilot (voice)
Oki Sugiyama Oki Sugiyama ... Pilot (voice)
Fumie Mizusawa 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

2 August 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sky Crawlers See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,845,516
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mamoru Oshii: [Basset Hound] See more »

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 »

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Referenced in The Sound Design and Animation of the Sky Crawlers (2009) See more »

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River of Crystals
Lyrics by Miu Sakamoto
Composed by Kenji Kawai
Performed by Kimiko Itô
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Thought-Provoking -- Not a Movie for Mainstream Audiences
19 December 2008 | by Scrooge-3See all my reviews

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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