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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies
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8.5 IMDB rating

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Ayano Shiraishi Ayano Shiraishi
Setsuko
Luci Christian Luci Christian
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Written by
Akiyuki Nosaka Akiyuki Nosaka
(novel)
Isao Takahata Isao Takahata
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Why must fireflies die so young?

10 years, 8 months ago at Dec 9 15:30
10 votes
''Why must fireflies die so young?''

A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Tsutomu Tatsumi: Seita

Ayano Shiraishi: Setsuko

''September 21, 1945? that was the night I died''

With those words starts director Isao Takahata's most famous film, Grave of the... read more

A complex animation for adults

11 years, 12 months ago at Aug 12 3:29
8 votes
"Why must fireflies die so young?"When it comes to Japanese animated features, Studio Ghibli is unparalleled, with the animation purveyor's list of triumphs including Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and the transcendent Spirited Away. Another of the studio's highly acclaimed titles is 1988'sย Grave of the Fireflies, an adaptation of Nosaka Akiyukiโ€™s novel of the ... read more

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8 years, 10 months ago at Sep 17 18:00
1 vote
This film...is the only film that has made me cry for 15 minutes straight. This is Grave Of The Fireflies.

To be honest, I watched this when I was on a Studio Ghibli marathon. Compared to the other SG films, I thought it would be just like the rest. Cute, happy, and magical. I never took the time to look into the story, or read any reviews about it. I felt like I didn't need to. Th... read more
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Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living in wartime Japan. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with relatives. Having quarreled with their aunt they leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. While their father's destiny who was a soldier is unknown the two must depend on each other to somehow keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. When everything is in short supply, they gradually succumb to hunger and their only entertainment is the light of the fireflies.
Release date: 16 April 1988
UPC: 719987172920
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