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Isao Takahata's powerful antiwar film has been praised by critics wherever it has been screened around the world. When their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo near the end of World War II, teenage Seita and his little sister Setsuko are left on their own: their father is away, serving in the Imperial Navy. The two children initially stay with an aunt, but she has little affection for them and resents the time and money they require. The two children set up housekeeping in a cave by a stream, but their meager resources are quickly exhausted, and Seita is reduced to stealing to feed his sister. \nThe strength of "Grave of the Fireflies" lies in Takahata's evenhanded portrayal of the characters. A sympathetic doctor, the greedy aunt, the disinterested cousins all know there is little they can do for Seita and Setsuko. Their resources, like their country's, are already overtaxed: anything they spare endangers their own survival. As in the "Barefoot Gen" films, no mention is made of Japan's role in the war as an aggressor; but the depiction of the needless suffering endured by its victims transcends national and ideological boundaries. "--Charles Solomon"
This is definitely a must see movie for everyone. It's very sad and tragic but shows what wars can do to innocent victims. Read morePublished 1 day ago by cas
This is the worst movie I have ever wasted a few hours watching and could not wait to get it out of my possession. The small child in the U.S. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Earthling
One of my all time favorites movies. Great story line and make sure you grab a box of tissue.Published 28 days ago by Kou Lee
Grave of the Fireflies is one of my favorite movies of all time. I must have seen it at least 5 times by now, but it still manages to bring me to tears. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Gihoon Song
That's how a full grown man cry like a little bitch after this movie... who was meant for my kids...
Appreciate what u have.... Read more
Brilliant movie that suffers from terrible voice acting. Also, as an older brother of sisters, I find the protagonist's actions reprehensible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. C. Stroud
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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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