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File review: Sky Crawler

What would it be like, if life never ends and memory never fade, nothing we know of changes but remains constant just like it was yesterday?

I have never asked myself this question, never felt the needed to.  For I think it is pointless – I know too well how change is unavoidable in this dynamic world.  We born, we age, we sick and we die and so everything around us.  The knowledge of impermanences is common.   Nothing will last forever –  but what if they do?

It could be pretty tricky.

I believe that our memory is one of the most unreliable thing we have. It’s fade, it’s fickle, it’s inaccurate and changes relative to time.  It also bend according to our feeling about the moment, objectiveness is nowhere to be found.  However, it is perhaps a blessing is disguise?

I have this die-hard habit of accumulating things, be it books, files, magazine, things that I think I need which I never got round to need.  Films is also one of them.  I can’t remember when I got this film: Sky Crawler or why.  I realised I had it 40,000ft above ground, travelling 700km/h homeward bound from Vienna.  Perhaps the most appropriet place to watch a movie about dog-fight pilot shooting madly at each other like the name suggested.

The movie turned out not to be at all what I was expect.  Dog-fight pilot was the the theme alright, but it was only a mean to get the messages and perhaps questions across –  the sorrowful of life without change, and how bitter life with in-erasable memory, the essentialness of the unreachable goal and that of the unknown divine being (God? Universe?).

I loved the way these different question and message packages are parachuted into my mind while watching the movie.  It felt natural as if it was like a sushi serve on a plate, it wasn’t hidden or glaringly obvious.  It just sit there waiting to be picked up dip into soya-wasabi sauce and eat.

It is one of the best manga I have ever seen.  The story is based on a book by Hiroshi Mori and illustrated by Kenji Tsuruta.  It is on par with works by H. Miyasaki but perhaps more suitable for older audiences.

“If I shoot down the teacher, would something change? like a destiny or limits”
“Maybe.  But nobody can shoot him down”
“Why not”
“Who exactly do you think we’re fighting?”

“War has never completely vanished in any age. To human, the sense of reality it imparts has always been essential.  The feeling that, in this ere, at this very moment, someone somewhere is fighting is a critical element to human society. And it absolutely can not be faked. To show what war is truly like, the legends in history textbooks alone are not enough.  Having humans who will actually die, reporting on them, showing the world their wretchedness all that is necessary to preserve peace.”

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