Ranked #1834

The Sky Crawlers

Alternative Titles

English: The Sky Crawlers
Japanese: スカイ・クロラ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 2, 2008
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Unknown
Genres: Drama, Military
Duration: 2 hr. 2 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.421 (scored by 15,441 users)
Ranked: #18342
Popularity: #1396
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The Sky Crawlers is based on a Japanese novel series by Hiroshi Mori. First published by Chuōkōron-shinsha in June 2001 and spanning five books, it follows the journeys and tribulations of a group of young fighter pilots involved in dogfight warfare, and is set during an alternate historical period.


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Kusanagi, Suito
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Kikuchi, Rinko
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Kannami, Yuuichi
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Kase, Ryo
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Tokino, Naofumi
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Tanihara, Shosuke
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Ishii, Tomohiko
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Oshii, Mamoru
Oshii, Mamoru
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
Wakabayashi, Kazuhiro
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Ending Theme

"Konya mo Hoshi ni Dakarete..." by Ayaka

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Aug 13, 2009
STORY - The Sky Crawlers is a thinking movie. It’s a cynical commentary where there is so much more going on underneath the surface than you might initially think. Walking into it with no real idea as to what it was about, I was both tried by its deceptive slow pacing and amazed by its eventual depth, relevance, and poignancy. The movie follows the life of Yuichi Kannami after he’s transferred to a small military outpost in a setting similar to WWII-era Europe. He and his comrades are fighting a war, but appear largely indifferent to both their occasional dogfights and everyday life. However, from read more
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May 29, 2009
Based on a series of books by Mori Hiroshi, The Sky Crawlers, the latest film by Oshii Mamoru (of Ghost in the Shell fame), tells a tale within a world that is essentially at peace, wherein wars have once again become the domain of contracted mercenary groups who fight each other in the name of their contractors, be it for some profound reason or simply for entertainment, these wars being fought to a large extent by 'Kildren', long-lived beings who are not quite human.
The film opens with the arrival of Kannami Yuuichi, a 'Kildren' ('Kild'?), at a small forward base of his company in Europe, read more
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Jul 15, 2009
If you love me, will you kill me? I’m tired of this endless cycle…

The Sky Crawlers is a movie about genetically altered humans beings called Kildren (kill+children) who can never grow and are bound to endless aerial battles in an alternate historic period. This is a standard synopsis, the real one is that this is a story about meaning of the existence, wars, love, suicide, destiny, and emptiness.

It’s not a movie for general public taste; actually, most of people will probably want to give up on the movie before the first hour, since even though it’s a movie with war as a central subject and read more
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Apr 8, 2009
This is a strangely cold movie with barely any empathetic or relatable characters shuffling around gorgeously rendered backdrops with an unusually lacklustre Kenji Kawai soundtrack effort.

It’s from Mamoru Oshii so it’s automatically thoughtful and has something to say, yet as a movie it fails because Oshii’s auteur sensibilities don’t fit with the backdrop of this particular tale.

The surface story borders on the mediocre, though the backdrop premise is intriguing with the message of warfare that’s been relegated to sport-like competition between warring corporations. It’s a topical and timely subtext, especially during one scene where a conflict is taking place on a screen in a read more
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