Grave of the Fireflies
Hotaru no haka
Probably the least seen Studio Ghibli masterpiece, this is also one of the most affecting animated films ever made. Roger Ebert described it “as an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation,” adding: “It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.”
Set in Japan during WWII, the film focuses on Seita and his little sister Setsuko. After their mother is killed in an air raid, and with their father serving in the navy, they are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other and their belief that life must carry on. A visually stunning and emotionally powerful meditation on the devastating consequences of war.
Not suitable for young children
March 18: Introduced by Mike Archibald
Grave of the Fireflies is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation… It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.
One of the most startling and moving animated films ever.
Glenn Kenny, New York Times
(Voices) Tatsumi Tsutomi, Shirashi Ayano, Shinohara Yoshiko, Yamaguchi Akemi
In Japanese with English subtitles
Violence, frightening scenes
Indigenous & Community Access
More Studio Ghibli
Tales from Earthsea
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle, and the director of From Up on Poppy Hill, comes an animated fantasy epic based on the classic book series by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Miyazaki's strange and beguiling fantasy film about a sea spirit – it's an odd eco fable about the terrible power of the sea, but illustrated with such beauty and imagination it transports us entirely into another world.
The Secret World of Arrietty
In this enchanting adaptation of Mary Norton's The Borrowers, co-scripted by Hayao Miyazaki himself, Arrietty, a tiny teenager, lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban home, unbeknown to the homeowner. Then she meets 12-yr-old Shawn...
From Up on Poppy Hill
Set in Yokohama in 1963, this is a poignant teen love story. Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro, the movie tells the story of a lonely high school girl who becomes involved in the fight to save a boys' club house.