The Sky Crawlers is the new animated feature film by Mamoru Oshii, the world-famous Japanese filmmaker, whose works include Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Innocence (2004). The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 65th Venice Film Festival, and was greeted with three awards at Sitges 2008.
The Sky Crawlers is based on a popular six-part novel by a best-selling writer, MORI Hiroshi. The novel has sold more than 900,000 copies in Japan alone. The story unfolds in another possible ‘now.’ The main characters are youngsters called “Kildren”, who are destined to live eternally in their adolescence, and fight a “war as a show” organized and operated by adults.
My humble opinion is this masterpiece must to be watched. 3D scenes are far beyond Hollywood productions.
War has never completely vanished in any age.To humans, the sense of reality it imparts has always been essential. The feeling that, in this era, at this very moment, someone somewhere is fighting, is a critical element to human society. And it absolutely cannot be faked. To show what war is truly like, the legends in history textbooks alone are not enough. Having humans who will actually die, reporting on them, showing the world their wretchedness, all that is necessary to preserve peace. Otherwise, the world will lose its grasp of the very meaning of “peace”,j ust like we have, who must kill in the sky to feel that we are truly alive. And since the game involves us fighting a never-ending war, certain rules become necessary. For example, the existence of an undefeatable enemy.