Just when it’s looking like the worst week for new DVD releases in a year, Japanese animation saves the day. The Sky Crawlers may not be a huge Hollywood smash, but the reviews it’s received at Criticker might one day qualify it for our list of Neglected Gems. The film, directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
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Kannami Yuichi is a fighter pilot who is newly transferred to Urisu Base to replace a pilot who died in battle. Yuichi strangely does not age like normal people would, and the base commanding officer Kusanagi Suito seems to have the same ability. They are revealed to be Kildren, a group of ageless adolescent pilots who are genetically-created to engage in endless dogfights between two companies, Rostock and Lautern. (nihonreview.com) The Sky Crawlers @ Amazon