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The Sky Crawlers
The Sky Crawlers Cover.jpg
DVD cover
Kana スカイ·クロラ
Rōmaji Sukai Kurora
Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Produced by Tomohiko Ishii
Seiji Okuda
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
Written by Chihiro Itō
Starring Ryō Kase
Rinko Kikuchi
Shōsuke Tanihara
Chiaki Kuriyama
Music by Kenji Kawai
Distributed by Japan: Warner Bros. Pictures
World: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Release date(s) Japan:
August 2, 2008
Running time 122 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Sky Crawlers (スカイ·クロラ Sukai Kurora ?) is a 2008 Japanese anime film, directed by Mamoru Oshii. It is an adaptation of Hiroshi Mori's novel of the same name. It was released across Japanese theatres by Warner Bros. Japan on August 2, 2008.[1][2][3] Animated by Production I.G, the film was written by Chihiro Itō, featuring character designs by Tetsuya Nishio and music by Kenji Kawai. [1][2] The 3D CG animation for the series was produced by the Polygon Pictures studio, who also produced the 3D CG for Oshii's previous film Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.

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Story

The Sky Crawlers is set in an alternate history where, although the world is at peace, in order to ease the tension of a populace accustomed to war and aggression, private corporations contract fighter pilots to stage combat operations against each other for show. The film introduces a mystery involving characters called Kildren (キルドレ Kirudore}[{could also be translated into "kill-dolls" ?), humanoids genetically designed to live eternally in adolescence until shot down in air battles presented commercially for entertainment, after which they are reproduced.

Author Mori had stated that he felt The Sky Crawlers was the "most difficult" of his works to adapt, and only gave his consent to the making of the film after learning of Oshii's involvement as director.[1][2]

Cast

Staff

Sources:[3]

Soundtrack

The Sky Crawlers
Soundtrack by Kenji Kawai
Released July 27, 2008
Label VAP

All music by Kenji Kawai.

  1. "Main Theme (Opening)"
  2. "First Sortie"
  3. "Sail Away (Vocal)"
  4. "Foo-Ko"
  5. "Main Theme (Memory)"
  6. "Mizuki"
  7. "Surprise Attack"
  8. "Drive-By-Wire"
  9. "Main Theme - Affair (Harp)"
  10. "Main Theme - Blue Fish (Orgel)"
  11. "Private Sortie"
  12. "Second Sortie"
  13. "Night Sortie"
  14. "March Hare"
  15. "Adler Tag"
  16. "Krakow"
  17. "Main Theme (Affair)"
  18. "Main Theme (Blue Fish)"
  19. "Final Sortie"
  20. "Teacher"
  21. "Main Theme (Ending)"

Distribution

The Sky Crawlers was distributed in Japan by Warner Bros. Japan. It was subsequently distributed internationally by Sony Pictures, who initially announced their plans on the film's North American premiere at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival.[4][5][6] They consequently sent this film as their entry for Best Animated Feature at the 81st Academy Awards.[7]

The American release of the film differs from the Japanese release in that the song used during the ending credits of the Japanese version, Konya mo Hoshi ni Dakarete, by Ayaka, is not used in the American release.

Reception

The film was an official selection of the 65th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Future Film Festival Digital Award, and the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Later, the film competed officially at the famed Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival, where it won three separate awards: the Jose Luis Guarner Critic Award, Best Original Soundtrack (for Kenji Kawai) and an award given by the Carnet Jove Jury for "the best motion picture for a youth audience."[8]

Video game

A video game based on the film, The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces, was released for the Wii in October 2008 in Japan. Both Mamoru Oshii and Hiroshi Mori were involved in consulting development for the game.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c "The Sky Crawlers: Mamoru Oshii's New Film Unveiled!". Production I.G. 2007-06-20. http://www.productionig.com/contents/news/2007/06/the_sky_crawler.html. Retrieved 2007-06-20.  (English)
  2. ^ a b c "Oshii's Latest Film, The Sky Crawlers, Set for 2008". Anime News Network. 2007-06-20. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-06-20/oshii's-latest-film-the-sky-crawlers-set-for-2008. Retrieved 2007-06-20.  
  3. ^ a b "Sukai Kurora". Big Cartoon DataBase. 2007-09-08. http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/105821-Sukai_Kurora.html. Retrieved 2007-09-08.  (English)
  4. ^ "Sony Pictures Licenses Oshii's Sky Crawlers Film". Anime News Network. 2008-09-08. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-09-08/sony-pictures-licenses-oshii-sky-crawlers-film. Retrieved 2008-10-03]].  
  5. ^ "Sony picks up 'Sky Crawlers'". 2008-09-07. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117991789.html?categoryId=1050&cs=1.  
  6. ^ "Sony Acquires SKY CRAWLERS". 2008-09-08. http://www.mania.com/sony-acquires-sky-crawlers_article_87178.html.  
  7. ^ http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2008/08.11.10a.html
  8. ^ "Oshii's Sky Crawlers Picks Up 3 Awards at Sitges Fest". Anime News Network. 2008-11-10. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-10-12/oshii-sky-crawlers-picks-up-3-awards-at-sitges-fest. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  9. ^ "押井 守監督の最新劇場映画「スカイ·クロラ The Sky Crawlers」がWiiで登場 「スカイ·クロラ(仮題)」【映像インタビューつき】". Famitsu.com. 2008-03-21. http://www.famitsu.com/interview/article/1214245_1493.html. Retrieved 2008-03-21.  

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