Sky Blue

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  • Summary: Set in the year 2140, Sky Blue is a love story set against the forces of destruction, a dystopian vision of Earth's destiny, yet ultimately a reminder of our hope for the future. (Maxmedia)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Kim's masterly, poetic ending is the cherry on top in this anime, good for a rainy day or any day.
  2. 78
    The result is a riveting, eco-wise epic that'll do fans of both Ralph Nader and Katsuhiro Otomo proud.
  3. 70
    Sky Blue is never subtle about its images of loneliness and isolation, or in fact about anything else. But as clich├ęd as its images are, they're still visually and tonally stunning.
  4. The animation is truly breathtaking, the action sequences are spectacular (and sometimes very violent) and everything floats along on the strains of Il Won's spare, hypnotic score.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    The pic plays like one long chase. Nevertheless, fashioned with ultra-sophisticated means, Sky Blue will be a must-see for anime fans around the world.
  6. 50
    A soggy love story doesn't help this instance of style over substance.
  7. Unfortunately, the more traditionally drawn 2-D human characters are as flat, in every sense of the word, as can be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. MattS
    Nov 25, 2007
    10
    A visually arresting piece of work--animating the characters in a more traditional style avoided the pitfall of inexpressiveness frequently A visually arresting piece of work--animating the characters in a more traditional style avoided the pitfall of inexpressiveness frequently found in early CGI animation. Simply the best hybrid for its time. The plot is thin but will appeal to fans of dystopic or environmentally moralistic stories. Background music is VERY interesting and makes the climax of the film one of the most emotionally powerful I have seen in a long time (at least for animated films). Try to see it in the original Korean with subtitles to avoid content cuts and bad dubbing. 10 out of 10. Expand
  2. bruno
    Dec 26, 2008
    10
    Amazing movie, beautifully drawn and with great story and ambience.
  3. Jul 19, 2016
    8
    If you like anime - pass by, because you will not find here any hysterically screaming teens, or girls, suffering from hypertrophy of theIf you like anime - pass by, because you will not find here any hysterically screaming teens, or girls, suffering from hypertrophy of the mammary glands, or pedophilia, or banal pretentious plot, no savoring of sadistic cruelty, no saucers-eyes, nor foolish dialogues. But you will see the melancholic aesthetics of perpetual rain -
    perhaps, Far East Asian, or possibly European, leisurely narrative pace and great music. Characters are terse, preferring to express their feelings in actions and hints rather than in dialogues. They do not need long speeches - they know each other and do not care about ignorant audience. Characters may not be fully fleshed out, but displayed well, without excessive caricature of Japanese animation.

    If you like anime, then you should know that "Wonderful Days" (or "Sky Blue") is not an anime, and certainly not a Japanese anime. The difference is felt both in style and in the cultural baggage and symbols - an Asian contemplation oddly, in the unique South Korean style, bonded with European culture. Here are Shua and Jay on the background of stained-glass window depicting Jesus Christ surrounded by angels, here are crosses in the cemetery, here are people in Venetian masks mingled with people in Asian masks, pacing in masquerade under an enchanting Asian music. The European Christian culture is seen in the "sovereignty" of the characters' personalities, chained not by collectivist Asian culture of shame but by internal Christian notions of good and evil, loyalty is given not to a group, but to what they think is right, characters are ready for sacrifices and redemption - even the most heartless and cynical of them.

    The drawing of pictures is marvellous, depicting gray melancholy atmosphere which suddenly, like sun appearing behind clouds, gives way to the bright beautiful images. All these are accompanied by wonderful music, the eternal rain and contemplative narrative pace. The fight scenes do not seem irrelevant - they are justified by the plot and are not too exaggerated. And the protagonist seems to have killed nobody. The plot is about sacrifice and redemption. About fidelity and love. It is also about that you can not build your happiness on the misfortune of others.

    So if you like anime, cyberpunk, Japanese culture, screams, tantrums and pretentious stupid stories, the "Wonderful Days" is not for you. But if you like South Korean movies, or if you did not saw or do not like them, but like animation, aesthetic pictures, contemplation, melancholy, beautiful feelings, romance, common sense, rain and good music, then perhaps you will be the best audience for this wonderful film.
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  4. Mar 16, 2014
    7
    What really took me aback in Sky Blue was the art style; it's almost a hybrid of anime and detailed, beautiful environmental artwork,What really took me aback in Sky Blue was the art style; it's almost a hybrid of anime and detailed, beautiful environmental artwork, sometimes even feeling as though some of the backgrounds and models are photographed. This felt slightly disorienting, with the great attention to detail in the backgrounds relative to the more blocky, slightly jerky animation of the characters, but also did the film some justice.

    The story itself was a pretty decent setup; a dystopian world where the privileged dominate the poor, with the less fortunate being cast away from Ecoban, a genetic city built to house and protect inhabitants from the extreme conditions on the outside. The setup was amazing, but I feel the film is so focused on many different aspects that the dangerous, cruel conditions outside are barely even hinted, aside from the beginning and end of the film. Most of the movie is action based, with a lot of shooting and chasing, between bridging moments that give the viewer an idea of what is going on.

    Whilst I loved this film, it missed out on a lot, and the out of sync lip motions also kind of killed the atmosphere (I wish I had watched in subtitles rather than a dubbed version). The story itself is pretty decent, with our hero attempting to override the city's power source in an attempt to eliminate the extreme dangers and achieve a "sky blue" condition. The story had emotion and good characterisation, but not a huge amount going for it overall.

    I would say it's worth a buy, but take that with a grain of salt; it's not perfect, but it does what it needs to.
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  5. Sam
    Jan 3, 2009
    4
    While I love the idea behind the film, and for the most part it does look good, what ruined the film for me was about halfway through where While I love the idea behind the film, and for the most part it does look good, what ruined the film for me was about halfway through where during a police raid, several police/soldiers actually appear to run THROUGH a wall. Not enough attention to detail in my opinion. Expand

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