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Grave of the Fireflies

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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. Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are 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. They are forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth.
Title: Grave of the fireflies
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Sentai Filmworks, [2012]
Edition: Remastered ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 89 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Extra features include: interviews ; biographies ; historical perspective ; art gallery ; Japanese theatrical trailer ; storyboards.
Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1988.
Title from end credits.
Summary: 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. Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are 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. They are forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth.
Audience: TV PG CHV rating PG.
Local Note: 6 67 80 118 148 198 210 216 228 231
TW : 2012-02-06
ISBN: 1616151897
9781616151898
Statement of Responsibility: Studio Ghibli ; Shinchosha ; producer, Toru Hara ; written & directed by Isao Takahata
Credits: Photography, Nobuo Koyama ; art director, Nizo Yamamoto ; music, Michio Mamiya.
Performers: ["English voice cast: J. Robert Spencer, Rhoda Chrosite, Veronica Taylor, Amy Jones.<br/>", "Japanese voice cast: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi.<br/>"]
System Details: DVD, region 1, NTSC, anamorphic widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio, Dolby Digital 2.0.
Other Language: In English or Japanese with English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Kōbe-shi (Japan) Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Japan Aerial operations Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Refugees Japan. Brothers and sisters Drama.
Genre/Form: Film adaptations.
War films.
Animated films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Brothers and sisters
Publisher No: SF-GFF001
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Oct 01, 2014
  • CATLIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Saddest movie ever, I have never felt so sorry for children of war. Maybe every world leader should have to watch it before they consider going to war.

Apr 25, 2014
  • i_am rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

'Grave of the Fireflies' is an unforgettable masterpiece (and an award-winning film at the International Children's Film Festival) which tells the story of two Japanese children whose parents have died in the war. It is a stunning portrait of the struggle they have to face just to stay alive in the face of apathy shown to them by their relatives and countrymen. This hauntingly poetic story is delivered with breath-taking visuals and a riveting narration that most animation films don't even come close to achieving. 'Grave of the Fireflies' is an emotional experience so powerful that it leaves you reeling in shock as you witness the true cost of war.

Apr 06, 2014
  • X_andor_Who rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Grave of the Fireflies: (An Animated Studio Ghibli Movie; Japanese): Could benevolently have been seen that our lives are fleeing from us fast, and that they, our lives, are not to last, and that there is no ownership of body or of anybody. Having no maternal mother, because she had been burnt and blistered, a young boy and his younger sister, are left to take care of and for one another. I turned off the English track and went with the Japanese audio; albeit, it was accompanied via English subtitles. I suppose, from a standpoint, it might be maniacally farcical to listen to an English dub about a nation that was demolished by a supposed English speaking, nationalistic one. I’ll pass that thought on neatly and nicely as it came to me, but not for it to stand alone as a sole, rationed, reprised, or rightly reasoned one; actually, I like not having to hear familiar mutterings and meanderings of daily moving mouths in my currently lived culture; and so, as per daily carpe diem, I do not like listening to bombastic bombardments of other speaking selves to be heard upon mine ears and thru mine inner mind; it is refreshing to listen to unfamiliar, foreign-like languages. Well, if you’re anything like me, I suggest listening to the Japanese audio for authenticity and for the removal of saturated English language and dialect. This tactic seemed to convey more current for my tearful emotions to flow. Anyway, I liked the setup of this story. I liked when big brother and tiny sister had opening opportunity to became self sufficient and try to live honestly with the land and themselves. To someone like me, the cinema story and its experience was raw, sincere, and intimate. As was seen and heard by me: at times it had hurt to have to hear and keep vigilance over the many wicked characters and their wicked ways as they kept repeating their inane and insane actions toward one another; but in my brief animated and limited, lifetime experience, these pernicious personas of people’s pithy, porous and corrupted cores, prove to be all too terribly true. Though, I too, feel that I am responsible for my fair share of doling out doleful and fiendish ignorance. Those air raids seemed to be incredibly insane. After hearing that Japan lost the war and that his father maybe buried at sea, and that his sister had perished from her shell, the young boy seem to lose more and more of his staying strong, soldiering mentality. Then there are some meaningful montage scenes involving previous incarnations of the girl when while she was still supposedly alive. If I could remove myself from the idea that this was a real-real, WWII-happening event, (which I simultaneously can), then I could and would achieve benevolent bliss, to be able to associate my mutually inclusive feelings for all living creatures; in this case then, they, as collective story creatures and characters, like myself, would be seen as eternal spirits, unbound by time and space, to tell tales of adventurous vagabond spirits as such like the young boy and younger girl. Going in between ghostly scenes, and having viewing audience, such as myself, stay amongst scenes of the ghosts’ (boy and girl’s) formerly lived life for more than most of the story, was hauntingly beautiful. Rating: 5.0/5.0; Xandor Who

Feb 27, 2014
  • EarthAdvocate21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The saddest movie that I think Studio Ghibli has ever made. Granted that it made me sob almost uncontrollably, it's still an amazing movie about what was going on in Japan during the WWII fire-bombings. However, This is not a movie for children. The film isn't whimsical or based in fantasy like many other Ghibli films and is loaded with the graphic violence that occured during the war. Aside from that, I truly think that young children just wouldn't understand what is going on; some things are subtle and unspoken. I would suggest this for 14+.

A really sad movie, but great in general.

About all I'd add is that it's absolutely loaded with symbolism if anyone needed to write an essay. My kids watched it and asked questions but I'd say its stark message is not for little kids.

A beautiful film in which the magic and whimsy of childhood is perfectly caught and then crushed out of existence.

Nov 06, 2013
  • dprodrig rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I would agree with the others who have written reviews on this movie. This is a really depressing film, where the beginning gives you an idea of where it will end. And the path to that end is filled with a lot of pain, isolation, and failure to survive. A really brutal look at what happened to some of the displaced people in Japan during and following the war. Extremely grim, because it follows children and their attempts to survive. And the anger you feel towards their own aunt... where she has the kids surviving on their own rations, providing little next to nothing. The movie was well done, not great because frankly, it's too depressing to be called that.

Jun 01, 2013
  • TheOnlyRealDonleys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Easily one of the most depressing films I have ever seen. I mean depressing on a level that only Asian cinema can ever manage to achieve. Candide-like in its series of truly awful things happening with enough regularity that you never quite manage to recover from the previous thing before the next one happens. That said, if you have the emotional constitution for it, this is also easily one of the best films I have ever seen, and likely the best animated. It tells the story of war that rarely gets told which is what happens after the smoke clears. It also sheds a very bright light on child homelessness. This one stays with you for a while. I saw it in '09 and still remember it vividly.

May 07, 2013
  • batman89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very sad look at the repercussions of war on those who are not directly involved. Even though this is an animated movie it is very realistic in its depiction. It shows how even the most innocent of people can be causalities of war in some way, shape or form. It is truly sad and moving. I am a 23 year old man and this movie brought me to tears. It is the kind of movie where you think about it for a few days. The reason I love this movie is because there is no nonsense, it tells you the truth, the reality of things and does not over dramatize itself. It also shows how people’s personalities can change because of war, for example, the way they think and the way they act. I do not see this as an entertainment piece but rather something that is informative. Grave of the fireflies is a very powerful film that I believe everybody should watch but make sure you have a box of tissues around. A flawless 5/5 stars for me.

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Feb 20, 2009
  • kokosowe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 07, 2014
  • X_andor_Who rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tags Summary: Japan, world war 2, war, bombings, air raids, parentless, depression, ghost, decrepit conditions, dilapidation, human nature, greed, surviving, existence, hunger, starvation, humanity, emotional, heavy, nationalistic, ignorance, enlightenment, emptiness, honor, pride, humility

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Feb 20, 2009
  • kokosowe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Graphic depiction of war victims (not violent)

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