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Sky Crawlers [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Rinko Kikuchi, Ryô Kase, Shôsuke Tanihara, Megumi Yamaguchi, Daisuke Hirakawa
  • Directors: Mamoru Oshii
  • Writers: Chihiro Itô, Hiroshi Mori
  • Producers: Maki Terashima-Furuta, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Seiji Okuda, Tomohiko Ishii, Tôru Kawaguchi
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VBM0Z0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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3.7 out of 5 stars

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Thulëatan on 13 Jun. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Once again, director Mamoru Oshii takes a lush, visually arresting drama and infuses it with a profound yet understated cautionary tale about life in the modern world. 'The Sky Crawlers' tells the story of a group of Kildren - teenagers who never get any older and live their lives on call as fighter pilots in a seemingly endless war. The main character, Yuichi, arrives at a new post to find that his predecessor was killed in mysterious circumstances, and his female commanding officer Suito Kusanagi reacts very strangely to his appearance. What unfolds is a complex mystery surrounding the nature of the Kildren and their part in the war, and the relationship between Yuichi, Suito, and a dangerous enemy ace pilot known as Teacher.

The quality of animation is quite stunning, seamlessly blending traditional styles and computer-generated scenes, with a slight dream-like glow to it all. The characters were given a simplified, almost doll-like design which for once doesn't seem like a throwaway quirk and actually helps to suggest the eerie calm and vagueness of their personalities. Kenji Kawai again provides a breathtaking soundtrack with a gentle theme that keeps evolving for the duration, through several variations on harp and synthesizer, complementing and at times driving the mood of sadness and abandonment that is central to the film.

The aerial combat does happen to hold a few moments of excitement, most notably in the crushing denouement, but overall the aircraft scenes are not there for the action but for the portrayal of emotional distance and to highlight the elaborate, regimented way the Kildren's battles are carried out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Stephenson on 8 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A slow and haunting anime that juxtaposes a strangely bland world of unheroic, routine warfare with occasional spectacular action and personal tragedy. You spend quite bit of the time waiting for something to happen, some of the time being appalled when it does and worrying about the characters.

You probably won't obviously enjoy watching it, and wonder why you don't just switch it off. But you probably won't and probably won't throw it away afterwards either (I did - and then had to retrieve it). It sits in my small library awaiting its second showing.

You must see the very last part of the film that happens after the credits (as outtakes are sometimes shown in other films). If the penny hasn't quite dropped by the time the credits roll this little sequence makes things clear: appallingly clear.

The film has the germ of a masterpiece in it - if not quite realised this time perhaps. The animation couldn't carry the emotional content particularly well. Unlike most manga/anime it would probably translate into a good live action film - and being mostly claustrophobic could work on a fairly limited budget too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anoosh Falak Rafat on 14 May 2013
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This film is quite the slow burner, it is a film that revels in the space between events as a result dialogue is often sparse, but the incredibly thought out and perfectly executed timing of what is said provides an exceptionally atmospheric film because of this you must be patient to get the most out of this film, you have to let yourself be totally absorbed in every car door sound or in every unlocking of a front door. The more attention you put into this film the more of an experience that you will get out of it.

The social commentary on this film is also of note for being penetrating and powerful, more so for how matter of fact it is presented and then washed away with a glass of wine as if to say it is horrible and even pointing it out and making it obvious doesn't change anything because the world is just how it is, how it always has been and how it will always be.

The pilots are eternally young but not in a happy, fun Peter Pan type way, this is more eternally depressed teen. This idea plays a pivotal role in explaining the world in which the Sky Crawlers live and their relations to one another especially with regards to the role of memories.

It is worth watching this film at least twice because of the knowledge of the world that you gain in the first play through which will help to reveal all of the subtly planted clues that are missed during an ignorant first viewing, which makes it all the more unfortunate that so many people will be put off by the pace of the film because if your mind is not in it the words `achingly slow, where is the bin' might come to mind frequently enough that you never get to the end. Still that is their loss I think because while it may not be the type of film that you will watch often it is one that is good to have in your collection and whenever you do get it down to watch you won't be disappointed you did, no matter how few and far between those viewings are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
An anime movie [an animated film made in Japan, just in case you didn't know what that means] that tells of some rather unusual airforce pilots.

In a world where two forces are at war, young pilot Yiuchi arrives by plane at the base where he's been assigned. He's a kildren. A type of person who stays forever young and can only die in battle. And doesn't have much at all in the way of memories prior to his arrival at the base.

He's replacing a pilot who died. And nobody, least of all the enigmatic lady in charge of the squadron, will tell him much about what happened to his predecessor.

As war goes on, he tries to find out what did. And more about why things are the way that they are.

The film runs for one hundred and twenty one minutes [approx]. And whilst something of this nature could be an exciting action drama, it's very different in tone. Aerial combat sequences only come along every so often and try to be as realistic as they can, capturing the speed and confusion and danger of such battles. It's far more concerned with the drama of the main characters.

And being philosophical with it. The narrative does try to make points about life and existence. Going through life the same old way all the time. Or trying to find something more.

This offers some interesting food for thought if you're in the mood for that kind of a movie.

It does adopt a deliberately slow pace though. Which can either seem intriguing as it creates mood and style. Or may frustrate you making you wonder what's going on and when something might happen.

The setting is unique. Drawing some influences from World War Two style aircraft, but adding a lot of different touches of it's own to make it wholly individual.
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