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Friday, December 12, 2008

Screening: Sky Crawlers

Sony Pictures, Stage 6 Films, Production I.G and ASIFA-Hollywood invite members to a special screening of Director Mamoru Oshii's


Sky Crawlers
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Sony Pictures Studios
Culver City, California

Members only. RSVP required. See your email box for RSVP instructions. The deadline to RSVP is December 17, 2008

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The story takes place in another possible 'now' - a world that has eradicated war and finally attained peace. However, this prolonged state of peace created demand for a new kind of war. A conflict happening elsewhere, that could be seen on TV or read in the papers - in order to get a feeling of reality.

Private war contractors enlist fighter pilots to perform their services in an endless "war as entertainment." They call these pilots Kildren. Innocent-looking teenagers in appearance, Kildren never age into adulthood, and live in a state of eternal adolescence until the day they drift gracefully through the endless skies.

One day, pilot Yuichi Kannami arrives to his newly assigned airbase. He has only vague memory of his past. The only two things he recalls are that he is a Kildren and how to operate a fighter plane.

A woman is keeping an eye on Yuichi. She is Suito Kusanagi, the base commander. A Kildren herself, Suito behaves as if she's been waiting to meet Yuichi for a long time. Perplexed, Yuichi is nevertheless gradually attracted by her.

All pilots at the base have to confront the most invincible enemy ace, known as Teacher. His trademark is a black jaguar painted on the nose of his plane. It is said that if you run into him up in the sky, you don't come back to tell your friends.

Who really is the Teacher? What does Suito know about Yuichi's past? What are the secrets behind the Kildren?

Presented by NTV and Production I.G.
Rinko Kikuchi Ryo Kase Shosuke Tanihara Chiaki Kuriyama
Based on MORI Hiroshi "The Sky Crawlers" novel series, published by Chuokoron-Shinsha
Director: Mamoru Oshii Screenplay: Chihiro Ito Music: Kenji Kawai
Animation Director: Toshihiko Nishikubo Character Designer, Key Animation Supervisor: Tetsuya Nishio Art Director: Kazuo Nagai
Mechanic Designer: Atsushi Takeuchi Supervising Layout Artist: Takashi Watabe Color Designer: Kumiko Yusa
Visual Effects: Hisashi Ezura CGI Supervisor: Hiroyuki Hayashi CGI Production: Polygon Pictures
Sound Design: Randy Thom and Tom Myers (Skywalker Sound) Recording Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi Mixing Supervisor: Shuji Inoue
Producer:Tomohiko Ishii Executive Producers: Seiji Okuda and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
Production: "The Sky Crawlers" Film Partners Production Studio: Production I.G

Running Time: 122 minutes

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