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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Cast: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Tsutomu Tatsumi
Director: Isao Takahata, Isao Takahata
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Central Park Media, Section23 Films
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Anime Feature Films, Animation, Cel, Studios, Ghibli
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Grave of the Fireflies opens on an evening in 1945, after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II; and in a train station, the young Seita dies alone. The rest of the movie tells us, in flashback, how things have come to this. Seita and Setsuko are two young Japanese children growing up in the waning days of World War II. Much to Seita's pride, their father is in the Japanese navy, and they live fairly content lives in Kobe despite rationing and the other privations of war. When their mother dies from burns suffered during an American fire-bombing raid, a distant aunt takes them in -- and conflict eventually forces the children to try to survive on their own. At first, Seita and his little sister enjoy their idyllic lives in the country, but harsh reality eventually settles in as Seita begins to understand the difficulties of taking care of a young child when both food and compassion are scarce. ~ Emru Townsend, All Movie Guide


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GreenCine Member Ratings

Grave of the Fireflies (Bonus Disc) (1988)
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7.95 (56 votes)
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Grave of the Fireflies (Collector's Edition) (1988)
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8.00 (491 votes)
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No... by TaoG December 18, 2006 - 9:47 PM PST
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3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
When you look at the bombing of an already defeated Japan, juxtaposed with the humanity contained in this beautiful and heart stopping animation, I feel like we (American's, and maybe all humanity) lost our collective soul when we opened the gates of hell to "test" nuclear arms on civilians. (Though our demonization and prison camp detainment of Japanese Americans may have already been an indication of how terribly our America's hysterical racism would manifest) This movie is intensely heart-rending and haunting , penetrating straight to an artistry that eclipses most movies. It will stay with you and help you summon an outrage that should be heard around the world when we have the idiocy threaten to use Nuclear Weapons on Iran.

The movie reflects Japan's national psyche by tungwaiyip July 28, 2006 - 9:36 PM PDT
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4 out of 11 members found this review helpful
This movie reflects Japan's national psyche that Japanese are the victim rather than the aggressor of the war. There isn't any consciousness of the Japanese military agression and brutality that led to this end. I don't agree this is an anti-war movie. Their navy father is firmly believe be a hero. If there is anything to regret about it is that they did't win.

I don't mean to be hard on a story about children's tragedy. The problem is not what it has said, it is what it hasn't said. The larger context is not presented, nor is it implied in any way.

Put it another way, there cannot be a humanist treatment on the WWII if the holocaust is swept off the consciousness.

Watch it and weep for mankind by Sujata May 21, 2006 - 3:03 PM PDT
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5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is not just one of the greatest animation movies ever made, it is one of the greatest movies period. The characters will live on in your thoughts a long time after they've faded from your screen. I don't want to bury the numerous delights of this movie in words, suffice it to say that it will make you laugh, make you cry and most of all, make you think. What more could one ask for?

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