The Sky Crawlers
As much Japanese cinema as I watch, I never was very interested in anime. Part of it was the otaku stigma (“I am not a fan boy!”). Then I saw director Mamoru Oshi’s live action sci-fi masterpiece AVALON and had to see the rest of his work. So, I made myself finally watch GHOST IN THE SHELL which turned out to be amazing. So I got over some of the trappings of the genre (like The Major’s oversized breasts) and have watched most of Oshi’s work (I saw GHOST IN THE SHELL II – INNOCENCE in the theater twice, and countless more times on DVD) and, more recently the work of Satoshi Kon.
So, I was delighted to find a thoughtful review of his new work THE SKY CRAWLERS over at Akibanana. Comparisons to Ozu! More mind-blowing 3-D animation! I can hardly wait!
For those of you who might have similar misgivings about anime, I would highly advise you go ahead and watch one of his films. They are really, really intelligent and visually innovative.
From the Akibanana review:
Like an Ozu classic, The Sky Crawlers does not have much ups and downs nor an exact climax in the story. The mood and ambience of the film itself as well as the relationships and emotions rather than the plot tells the story. The director wants you to look nowhere but precisely the everyday lives of the Kildren – their habits and lifestyle. Although the Kildren may be in their adolescence, they smoke, drink and sleep around, living everyday of their life to the fullest, aware that they could well be dead the next day.
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