The Sky Crawlers [Blu-ray] [2008]

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Overall Customer Rating:
75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 4)

Special Features

  • "Animation research for The Sky Crawlers" featurette
  • "The sound design and animation of the Sky Crawlers" featurette
  • "Sky's the Limit: An interview with director Mamoru Oshii" featurette


The Sky Crawlers
This sci-fi tinged, full-length anime feature opens on a peaceful future, where Earth has left the violent conflicts of war in the past. Human nature still craves the clash of battle, however, so private companies now stage "war as entertainment," creating fictional wars for ordinary people to read about in the paper. These companies call exclusively on the services of young people known as Kildren. One such Kildren - a young man named Yuichi - has been newly assigned to a base in the fictional war, but with no memory of his past and a mysterious woman named Suito watching his every move, Yuichi is about to find that this made-up war isn't as harmless as it seems. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Rinko Kikuchi
    Rinko Kikuchi
  • Ryo Kase
    Ryo Kase
  • Chiaki Kuriyama
    Chiaki Kuriyama
  • Shosuke Tanihara
    Shosuke Tanihara

Customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrendously Abysmal


    Here is a movie toted as being the best film by this oh so famous anime creator since Ghost in the Shell, but what we have is a shell of a movie. It attempts to have a huge meaning, but fails miserably, as the plot just drolls on for most of the movie and barely scrapes the surface of what's going on until the very end. Yes, you do get some clues about the big shocker in the movie, but they are so few that it's hard to piece together anything concrete. To top it off, one character that seems to just be thrown in to try to give the movie an ending drops almost all of the plot right at the end. That's the cheapest route to make an ending when you hit a road block. Insert an odd, out of place character who observes and makes some comments for most of the film and then spills the beans of everything right at the end. When everything was lain out in front of me, I was thinking, "Seriously? This is the best he could come up with?" ---------------- SPOILER ALERT ------------------- The only thing remotely inventive about the plot is what the characters are. And their big enemy? Umm... I'm guessing he watched Star Wars too much, as their enemy is their former teacher. Ooooooh! How "un"predictable. --------------- SPOILER ALERT -------------------- After watching this movie, all I could think was about how much I was ripped off, and about how there is no doubt in my mind that people would do what happens in the movie and not think anything of it. Yes, Sky Crawlers does have a philosophical plot, but it gets beaten out by single episodes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig and Hamtaro. The end seems rushed and it never goes anywhere. Though Oshii claims the characters have changed, the don't change one bit during the movie, only before, and then they revert back to what they were before. Here's a hint, Oshii: If people decide to do something drastic, there's a high chance they'll do it again as they have already done it before. The animation is good, except the CGI stands out and takes you out of the movie. The characters are horrible. Oshii tries to make it look like they change while they don't change at all. The dogfights are cool, but the movie is horrendously abysmal. Sky Crawlers is a good name for this movie, as the movie is crawling ever so slowly to it's demise. If you want to watch this movie, you should smack yourself in the back of the head and say "No!" If you want to watch a movie where you also will think "Given the circumstances, people would do this and not care about who (or what) gets hurt," just watch Michael Clayton. It's a much better film, and it's probably cheaper on Blu-ray, too. (Though it doesn't have any dogfights, it does have an exploding car.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    5 Stars


    This Movie is Awesome that only Mamoru Oshii has the quality adn Anime Drawings and plot and animation expertese to produce. As the plot begins it is a litlle confussing but as it devleops the charachter really draw you into the plot. The real kicker is that the end leaves you a little confused. This will be understood as you must watch the credits (Japanese) through to the end as there is a short finishing Anime clip that willl blow your mind and help you understand why the movies' plot throughout was so complex! This movie is a masterpiece!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Interesting movie

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    Great visuals but an ok story. Feels more like a one time watch rather than a multiviewable film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great dog fight scenes and cinematography

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    great movie for a fan of anime collectors, one of my favorite movies with Akira up there

    I would recommend this to a friend

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