Reviewed by: Joe
Released by: Manga Entertainment UK
Age Rating: 12
Region: 2 - UK
Length: 121 minutes
English 2.0 Stereo
Japanese 2.0 Stereo
From Mamoru Oshii, the world-acclaimed director of Ghost in the Shell comes an award-winning story of an exciting but endless war with heroes too young to understand the meaning of their battles. A group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren experience the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds. With his only childhood memory consisting of intense flight training, the fearless teenage pilot Yuichi's dogfights coexist with his struggle to find his missing past. When his beautiful, young female commander Suito is reluctant to discuss the fate of the pilot that Yuichi is replacing - or the strangely perfect condition of that pilot's former aircraft - Yuichi's curiosity becomes heightened.
The Sky Crawlers is acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii's latest offering. The movie is set in an alternative Europe, with World War II technology. The world is at peace but war is still needed to help the citizens of the world appreciate the value of peace. Humans don't fight, kildren (or Kill dolls) do battle instead. Kildren are genetically engineered, eternally youthful fighter pilots who are employed to fight in teams for corporations. The film follows the career of ace fighter Yuichi Kannami and the mysteries of the kildren.