June 20, 2007

Oshii's "The Sky Crawlers" In 2008

Mamoru Oshii, director of the landmark anime film Ghost In The Shell, has a new anime in the works. Set for release in Japan in 2008, the feature, titled The Sky Crawlers, is based on best-selling Japanese author Hiroshi Mori's five-part novel of the same name, which Oshii called "a work that should be made into a movie for young people now."

According to a press release from animation studio Production I.G., "the story unfolds in another 'possible' modern age. The main characters are youngsters called 'Kildren', who are destined to live eternally in their adolescence. The Kildren are conscious that every day could be the last, because they fight a "war as entertainment" organized and operated by adults."

Along with Ghost In The Shell, Oshii is also responsible for three widely acknowledged anime masterworks: Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, Patlabor: The Movie, and Patlabor: The Movie 2, and though this distillation of his body of work, with its pattern of original/sequel repetition, might ostensibly indicate a filmmaker lacking imagination and inspiration, this is simply not the case. Amidst the beautifully fluid animation typical of Oshii's anime lies a provocative philosophical depth, and a desire to challenge the expressive and intellectual potential of the anime form. For those unfamiliar with Oshii (or anime in general) I strongly recommend the four aforementioned films, which are widely available on DVD.

Official Website (in Japanese)
Press Release @ Production I.G.

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