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Grave of the Fireflies [1988 film] (1988)

by Isao Takahata (Director), Akiyuki Nosaka

Other authors: Rhoda Chrosite (Actor), Shannon Conley (Actor), Yoshifumi Kondō (Animation director)

Series: Studio Ghibli Animation (1988)

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Saddest animated film ever. ( )
  themulhern | Jul 6, 2017 |
As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and now cast adrift in a world that lacks not the care to shelter them, but simply the resources. Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth, their doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares. Beautiful, yet at times brutal and horrifying. Based on the retellings of survivor Nosaka Akiyuki and directed by Iaso Takahata (co-founder, with Hayao Miyazaki, of Japan's legendary Studio Ghibli,) Grave Of The Fireflies has been universally hailed as an artistic and emotional tour de force. Now digitally remastered and restored, it is one of the rare films that truly deserves to be called a masterpiece. - from Amazon.com
  aacc-illinois | Mar 31, 2015 |
This Japanese anime film tells the story of Seita, 14, and his four-year-old sister, Setsuko, whose father is at war and whose mother dies after the American air raid of Kobe, Japan, at the end of World War II. After the bombing of their home, the children go to their aunt’s house. When family becomes yet another enemy, Seita and Setsuko move to an abandoned bomb shelter and become increasing alone and isolated, struggling to stay alive. Based on the semiautobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, Grave of the Fireflies gives viewers a glimpse into the everyday details of daily life on the wartime home front. The images and dialog are stunning but sparse. It is a beautiful but heartbreaking story. Definitely not a cartoon, this movie, one of the most poignant and memorable war films I’ve ever seen, is best suited for older teens.
  SPutman | Nov 20, 2008 |
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Takahata, IsaoDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Akiyuki Nosakamain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chrosite, RhodaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Conley, ShannonActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kondō, YoshifumiAnimation directorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓 Hotaru no haka?) is a 1988 Japanese animated war drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story Grave of the Fireflies by Akiyuki Nosaka. The film stars Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara and Akemi Yamaguchi. Set in the city of Kobe, Japan, the film tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the Second World War. The film was critically acclaimed.
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Two orphans in war-time Kobe, Japan, face fire-bombs, hunger, homelessness, and despair as the war and their lives come to an end.

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