Grave of the Fireflies (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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Seita And Setsuko (the boy and His little sister) aren't Heros and their abusive aunt isn't the villian. Neither for that matter is either side of the war protrayed as good or bad in these movie. This is just a story of people being people. some kind, some indiffrent and some compleatly harsh. Seita makes mistakes that many children in his position would.
Although fifteen years old this film is still very beatiful. The images it portrays are quiet and subdued yet elegent. The final scene is something that shall forever be burned into my brain. It's touching and heartwrenching finality should break most people.
Well I love Grave of the Fireflies. I Love it for it's unflinching look at war and life, It's graceful bueaty as it portrays a young girl playing amidst Fireflies, and for what it does to me at the end.
Why must fireflies die so young?
In the last months of World War II an American fire bomb raid destroys the port city of Kobe, where almost all of the buildings are made of wood. Seita (Tsutomu Tatsumi/J. Robert Spencer) is a 14-year old boy who survives along with his 4-year old sister Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi/Rhoda Chrosite). They were separated from their mother during the raid, which spares them from her fate. Their father is a navy officer serving in the Imperial Navy at sea, and the two kids go off to live with an aunt. With both his school and the war factory where we worked gone, Seita does not know what to do. So he tries to take care of his sister. But his aunt constantly berates him and after trading his mother's kimonos for rice that she stingly shares with the children, Seita decides to take Setsuko and live in a couple of caves dug for bomb shelters. For a while their live remains idyllic, but then there is nothing left to trade for food, and no food to be bought for money. Seita has to steal food to survive while Setsuko is getting weaker and weaker from hunger.Read more ›
"Grave of the Fireflies" is a film that I'd heard about for years before I finally got around to viewing it. As one of the most well-respected early anime classics--of course, I expected great things. I knew vaguely what the picture was about and knew that its tone strove for realism as opposed to fantasy. But what I didn't really comprehend is that it would be such a mature story geared toward adult audiences. The sophistication, complicated subject matter, and sorrow contained within "Grave of the Fireflies" made it one of the more surprisingly moving films that I'd seen in quite some time.
The story is simplistic. Set in war-torn Japan near the end of the World War II, two kids must deal with the unexpected death of their mother in a bombing attack. With no one to care for them and their home destroyed, they attempt to live independently. Naturally, there are many obstacles to overcome, and the horrors of war are depicted with surprising candor. I had not expected the film to be so forthright in its depiction of such a serious subject matter.
What really distinguishes "Grave" is that it becomes a powerful story of love and commitment. As the brother embraces the responsibility of caring for his much younger sister, we see him take the reins of adulthood. It is a coming-of-age story by necessity. The relationship between the siblings is amazingly realistic and thoughtful. And even though the film is animated, it is perhaps one of the most stirring tales of familial loyalty that you can see.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was expecting a DVD blu-ray combo but the regular Blu-ray was also good. It arrived on time and was a really good story.Published 4 days ago by Nancy Rodriguez
A wonderful tearjerker! Love this movie! My Son surprised me with a visit and had a box of the candy like the little girl had in the movie and I cried all over again! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Penny
I'm going to preface this by saying that I never review things; I'm too lazy and apathetic to, honestly. However, I felt this warranted one -- with a hearty warning at that. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Nicole
a classic and staggering tale that caters more to people with heart not just kids.Published 11 days ago by Jaime
Want to have your heart ripped out? Want to sit on your couch while the credits roll feeling empty? Then this movie is for you. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Anon
Very sad anime. Some images won't leave your mind and it's very touching.Published 14 days ago by KC
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|Koreans, please read this||
NK dint invade a single country. NK is pretty harmless. even during korean war US destroyed dams all over NK territory (which is one of the most serious war crimes of the geneva convention)38th parellel was arbitrarily drawn by then sec of state of america against koreans' will. according to OSS... Read More
Mar 6, 2012 by J. Kang | See all 2 posts
|Price Inflation, Grave of the Fireflys?||
This is not the first release of this title. The original release was a single disc version that was "widescreen" but not "anamorphic", meaning it would not fit on a widescreen TV like most DVDs do. Also the quality of the disc was horrible, full of compression and Edge... Read More
Mar 14, 2008 by David Hixon | See all 7 posts
|for all the people who think this movie is too 'revisionist'||
I totally agree. I was profoundly moved by this movie due to the fact that these are CHILDREN, and regardless of what side they are on, they should never have to experience these types of tragedies. In the end, no matter who won or lost, both sides lose in the end.
Jan 29, 2010 by LisaGospeed! | See all 3 posts
|This isn't by Miyazaki||
Thank you for this note. I was led to believe it was animated by Miyazaki! (I am a great fan of his work) I still want to see it, but it's still nice to know what to expect.
Oct 1, 2009 by Laydi Nite | See all 3 posts
|extras on dvd?||
I brought it directly from a warehouse. I found it on a web site and had to buy it from London. The version I have (cpmd2206) had 2 disks in it and the second disk has the interview with the author, historical perspectives and other stuff. the difference is a brown background and it should say... Read More
Nov 19, 2008 by Jerry Deburger Jr. | See all 3 posts
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