Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Sky Crawlers" or "Sky Bawlers"?

Two things I learned from MovieWalker's report on the premiere of Oshii Mamoru's "The Sky Crawlers": the script is by "Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World" screenwriter Ito Chihiro, with supervision by that film's director Yukisada Isao. Now my mind is filled with dark visions of lots of teary shouty dialogue and terminal romance in between all the CG-assisted dogfights. Please prove me wrong, Oshii sensei!

Don't know about you, but I can't get these damn videos to play in either Firefox or Internet Explorer.

And is it just me or has anyone else found themself reading the katakana title as "Sky Corolla" or "Sky Cholera"?


  1. Now my mind is filled with dark visions of lots of teary shouty dialogue and terminal romance in between all the CG-assisted dogfights.

    This is kind of true, but it's well done. As I said, "romance, love and sex are new 'special effects' for Oshii".

    Didn't get why クロラ either, but I guess they had to keep the movie title the same. Vehicles and interweb crawlers are クローラ, so...

  2. I don't know how I managed to miss your review the first time around. Consider me reassured.

  3. Well it wasn't much of a review -- I didn't want to give too much away. I don't know how people will react to this film aside from the wow factor of the air scenes. It's definitely a turning point for Oshii. One thread of the recent news has been about how he's changed his outlook and behaviour -- coming out of his shell. I think that's a good thing (though I'm sure many would like him to stay in it!). The problem is there aren't the people to inherit the considerable legacies that Oshii, Kon and Miyazaki have laid down.

  4. i can get those videos to play as realplayer, but not as windows thingies...

  5. Logboy,

    I get the feeling the MovieWalker site's always been a bit fooked in the video department, although their interview with Toda Erika played OK.


    Hara Keichi (Summer Days with Coo) and Hosoda Mamoru (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) seem to be the most likely candidates to move into their league. I'm still slogging through episodes of "Keitai Sosakan 7" (which isn't all that bad actually) to get to Oshii's offering.

  6. They're both the same clip. Only the Realaudio version actually exists server-side so you'll need to install Realplayer to watch it.

  7. Talent-wise I'm sure there are some candidates, but can they build kingdoms?

  8. jasong,

    Replacing an institution like Miyazaki is obviously going to be the more difficult task, as Ghibli are finding. I actually quite enjoyed Morita Hiroyuki's "The Cat Returns" and will finally get around to seeing "Tales from Earthsea" on telly tomorrow night, but I really wish Takahata Isao would get his act together and direct again. It's amazing that the guy can't draw despite the quality of the films he's directed.

    As for finding the next Oshii or Kon, that shouldn't be so difficult in theory as they're more cult directors than major box office names.

  9. There's also Makoto Shinkai, whose Five Centimeters Per Second is one of the few non-Ghibli animated film that I did enjoy quite a lot.

  10. Thanks for reminding me about Shinkai. He definitely seems to be on his way to Kon/Oshii status.

    Speaking of filmmakers famous for doing everything themselves, I wonder what ever happened to the CGI guy who made "Negadon: The Monster From Mars", Awazu Jun? All I know is that he worked on the opening sequence of Tsutsumi Yukihiko's "The Sword of Alexander".