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
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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
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