Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

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Director: Isao Takahata

Cast: Isao Takahata, Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi

     
 

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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, theirSee more details below

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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

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
In his list entitled "Great Movies: The First 100," film critic Roger Ebert saw fit to name only two anime titles. The first was Hayao Miyazaki's family-friendly fantasy film My Neighbor Totoro. The second was Grave of the Fireflies, an altogether more serious and perhaps ultimately more meaningful affair. This 1988 film, based on a partially autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, follows the heartbreaking story of a prideful teenage boy and his four-year-old sister during World War II, when massive firebombing of the Japanese mainland was a regular occurrence. After both their parents die, the now-homeless pair struggle for basic amenities such as food and shelter during Japan's bleakest era. Quiet, intense, and never emotionally manipulative, Fireflies is a great film for reasons both artistic and otherwise, not the least of which is director Isao Takahata's ability to graft genuine human drama onto a grim chapter of history that is often overshadowed by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two-DVD Collector's Series Edition of Grave of the Fireflies features a wealth of extras, including original storyboards, a number of essays, and interviews with director Takahata, novelist Nosaka, and Ebert himself. Volk Lindsay
All Movie Guide
With very little in the way of action or combat scenes, Grave of the Fireflies is easily one of the most harrowing and riveting war movies ever made. Based on Akiyuki Nosaka's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, Grave of the Fireflies is an examination of the horrors that war can inflict, even far away from the battles between soldiers. At the same time, it's a heartfelt look at a bond between a brother and sister that can't be broken, even by death. Like Keiji Nakazawa's autobiographical Barefoot Gen, Grave of the Fireflies is remarkable in that it clearly and sympathetically presents the victims of American actions on Japanese civilians, yet never veers into finger-pointing or national shame. Rather, the movie is an indictment of selfish civilian behavior during wartime, and an admonishment against the wars that create these conditions in the first place. It's interesting to note that in Japan, the movie was originally double-billed with Hayao Miyazaki's postwar fable My Neighbor Totoro.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2012
UPC:
0814131011831
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
TVPG
Source:
Section 23
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
8,582

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tsutomu Tatsumi Seita
Ayano Shiraishi Setsuko

Technical Credits
Isao Takahata Director,Screenwriter
Joey Goubeaud Executive Producer
Toru Hara Producer
Nobuo Koyama Cinematographer
John Ledford Executive Producer
Michio Mamiya Score Composer
Akiyuki Nosaka Original Story
John O'Donnell Executive Producer
Ryouichi Sato Executive Producer
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Stephanie Shalofsky Producer
Eiichi Takahashi Executive Producer
Yasuo Uragami Sound/Sound Designer
Nizo Yamamoto Art Director

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New English dub; Storyboards for Grave of the Fireflies; Deleted scenes storyboards; Japanese theatrical trailer

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