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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Hotaru no haka (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, War | 26 July 1989 (USA)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Akiyuki Nosaka (novel), Isao Takahata
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tsutomu Tatsumi Tsutomu Tatsumi ... Seita (voice)
Ayano Shiraishi Ayano Shiraishi ... Setsuko (voice)
Yoshiko Shinohara Yoshiko Shinohara ... Mother (voice)
Akemi Yamaguchi Akemi Yamaguchi ... Aunt (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura Tadashi Nakamura ... (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcy Bannor Marcy Bannor ... Aunt (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice)
Shelley Calene-Black ... Mother (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice)
Luci Christian ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice)
Shannon Conley ... Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) (voice)
Justin Doran Justin Doran ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice)
Crispin Freeman ... Doctors / Old Man (Central Park Media dub) (voice)
Adam Gibbs Adam Gibbs ... Seita (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice)
Dan Green ... Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) (voice)
Amy Jones Amy Jones ... Aunt (Central Park Media dub) (voice)
Susan O. Koozin Susan O. Koozin ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice) (as Susan Koozin)
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Storyline

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. Written by Kyle Perez

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Genres:

Animation | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grave of the Fireflies See more »

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Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo) (theatrical print)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

NTV in Japan produced a live-action version of "Grave of the Fireflies" in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The made-for-TV movie Grave of the Fireflys (2005) began airing on November 1, 2005, at 21:00 Japanese time. Like the animated version, the movie focuses on two siblings and their struggle to survive the final days of the war in Kobe, Japan. However, unlike the animated version, the movie tells the story from the point of view of their aunt, and it deals with the issue of how a wartime environment could change a kind woman into a cold-blooded demon. That version stars the famous Japanese celebrity and actress Nanako Matsushima as the aunt. See more »

Goofs

Right at the beginning, someone places what looks like a rice ball loosely wrapped in some tree bark as a protective cover next to the boy known as Seita. The scene cuts to Seita's face and soon after he collapses, the wrapped rice ball is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Seita: September 21, 1945... that was the night I died.
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Gunkan kôshinkyoku
(Warship March)
Written by Tôkichi Setoguchi
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Depressing, but a must see
6 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

One of the great animated films of all time Grave of Fireflies tells the story of a couple of kids as the try to survive in war time Japan. What happens to them should be seen by anyone thinking of starting a war since it tells very graphically what happens to those often forgotten, the children.

Like its companion piece, Barefoot Gen, which tells the story of survivors of atomic bombing and the horrors that were experienced by those unlucky enough not to have been killed out right, this film proves that war is hell for everyone, especially the children.

Its very hard to send anyone out to see this unhappy little film (The previously mentioned Barefoot Gen spawned sequels, this has not) but at the same time you owe it to yourself to experience, however distantly what sort of monster we unleash upon the world every time we go to war. It helps that however depressing this is, its also a damn good and incredibly compelling story.

9 out of 10


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