Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Hotaru No Haka

DVD - 1998
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Two orphans in war-time Kobe, Japan, face fire-bombs, hunger, homelessness, and despair as the war and their lives come to an end.
Publisher: New York : Central Park Media, [1998]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781562197292
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE GRAVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Not rated)(88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Laser optical
Alternative Title: Hotaru no haka
Hotaru no haka
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture (Japanese) in 1988 and in an English version in 1992


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Dec 16, 2017

A powerful film ! I've never cried so much in my life! It is sad but beautiful film.

Jun 19, 2017

This was a triumph of the human spirit against the ravages of the mercilessness of a "me first" mentality that fuels man's inhumanity to man.....we are all guilty.

Feb 01, 2017

I agree with the majority although the animation was great the story was so sad I could not complete in one sitting. As mentioned the feeling and hollowness stays with you for days afterward.

Jun 16, 2016

After viewing this anime movie 4 days later and it has given me a hollowness inside.
I've also watch the live drama version of it as well..and it was also heart-breakingly sad. I would recommend this movie to anyone who cares about others,and it is the best anime movie thusfar that I've ever watched. But because of it being so sad and heart breaking,I have to wait a good while longer to recover from the hollowness it left inside me,then I will view again.*****

Apr 10, 2016

Be prepared to cry a lot with this one. The story is a dark, poignant film. After finishing the movie I felt so hollow . . .

Feb 07, 2016

I could not stop crying. This film was a dark masterpiece. I suggest to watch all the other films first and watch this one last. one of the most touching films one earth .

Nov 30, 2015

'Grave of the Fireflies' is an unforgettable masterpiece from Ghibli Studio (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 an extraordinary 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. Watching this film is an emotional experience so powerful that it leaves you stunned. This is one of the greatest films about war. If you like this film, you will also like 'Hiroshima No Pika', which inspires hope in children in that peace and humanity will prevail in their time.

Nov 19, 2015

Wonderful animation by Japan's world-famous Studio Ghibli. But this feature-length animation is a tragedy: a brother (maybe early to mid teens) and his young sister are orphaned during the waning days of the war. For a while they live with distant relatives, but that relationship turns sour with the stresses of the war, and the two children set out on their own, living in the entryway of an abandoned bomb shelter in a rural area. By the time of Japan's surrender, almost everyone was hungry, and the children cannot go on any longer. Perhaps the saddest movie I've ever seen, but highly recommended.

Sep 22, 2015

Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata, is a historical drama that takes place in the Japanese countryside. After the World War II bombing, two children, Seita, and his four year old sister, Setsuko, struggle to survive. As they are constantly hit with tragedy, life becomes harder and harder for each of them. Right after the bombings, they receive help from many others, but soon the wartime economy becomes worse, and they must fend for themselves. Their love for each other and their family is strong, but is quickly plagued by hunger and grief. In this melancholy yet inspiring movie, the viewer follows Seita and his struggle with the environment, his sense of pride, and the love for his family.

Personally I really enjoyed this movie despite how sad it was due to a few reasons. First, was the development of the characters was very well done. The use of “flashbacks”, which take up the majority of the movie, help the viewer view the previous life of the characters, and how they acted previously in contrast to how they are now. The characters develop very quickly, and the viewer understands the personalities and characteristics, developing a very good bond. Next, the aesthetics are very visually appealing and very well done, especially for an animation done in 1988. The visuals are better than just tolerable, and I would compare it to some of the best animation of that time. Overall, the movie is very well done, and is a very interesting watch despite the sorrow throughout the movie. Personally I’d recommend this to anyone from age 8 and up.

Jul 14, 2015

Possibly the saddest animated movie ever made. Very good, but I don't know if I could watch it again. From Studio Ghibli.

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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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Violence: Graphic depiction of war victims (not violent)


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