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- DescriptionA Japanese boy of 14 and his 4 year old sister, attempt to seek refuge from the atrocities of World War II in the small city of Kobe. In post-World War II Japan, a janitor finds a metal sweet container beside a deathly ill boy. The janitor tosses the canister into the night, unwittingly beginning a most unusual tale of survival amid war. Brother and sister Seita and Setsuko, flee their disheveled home and deceased parents to make their bid for a new life. Before American troops begin to occupy their country, the children resort to dwelling in an abandoned bomb shelter in the countryside. Though these siblings later get a sense of safety, they realize necessities such as food and water will not be easy to come by. This stunning and emotional film comes from the studio that made SPIRITED AWAY.
- Director 1Isao Takahata
- Voice byTsutomu Tatsumi,Ayano Shiraishi
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2007
- Additional GenreGeneral
- Running Time90 minutes
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- sa107127 Jul, 2013by
The greatest film you will never want to see again.
I am a great fan of Japanese animation and Studio Ghibli make the best. This film should be in your top 25 all time must see films
- edwardwhelanpia...01 Mar, 2011by
One of the better Studio Ghiblis, but not for kids!
This is a harrowing tale that should be told. It shows what happens when civilians are killed during war. Seita and Setsuko, two orphans as a result of American bombing, have to survive in an unfriendly world. This film is not just a protest against war, but a protest against the dark side of human nature that can so easily crush the most courageous spirit. If you have children, wait until they are old enough to understand adult concepts of life and death before they watch this. It's not a kids film!
- jarratts12323 Jan, 2011by
Grave of The Fireflies - very sad film...
War is Hell or more accurately the consequences of war are hellish. Two kids in WW2 Japan struggle after a bombing raid kills their Mum, and they 'really do' struggle. It's certified 12 and I feel that's about right; some younger kids will probably enjoy it but Mum/Dad need to think about it. In short, see it as war movie and nothing like a Disney film. It's dubbed into English - no subtitles. The attention to detail is impressive. The animation itself is artful. It's a beautiful film but a very sad one too.
- ange19403 Sep, 2010by
Must see film for fans of Ghibli.
Brilliant film, the typical Ghibli magic mixed with a heart-wrenching tale, complete must see for fans of Studio Ghibli, and others besides!
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