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Transcends Anime to be one of the saddest forms of any media,
This review is from: Grave of the Fireflies (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (DVD)
I generally don't cry at movies. I love any movie that can move me enough to shed a tear or two. Grave Of the Fireflies is not one of those movies. In those movies even though I'm sad the final scenes leave me with a residual hope that while some tragic event has just occured the charecters involved will grow and live better. Grave of the Fireflies doesn't do this. There is no hope or possiabilty of things getting better. This is Life at it's cruelest. Life that will never get better. This movie doesn't move you, it shatters you.
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?
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2007, 8:32:41 PM PST
Julie Vognar says:
Posted on Jan 5, 2009, 6:57:16 PM PST
Steven D. Alexander says:
Posted on Jul 10, 2009, 7:35:30 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 8, 2009, 2:40:53 PM PDT
I find it preposterous that people always talk of atrocities of the Japanese in World War II....People, please wake up and
understand what the real atrocities were - how about US Airforce firebombing Japanese Cities and killing more than 2 million
people burning them and their towns down to the ground! Not even mentioning the Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
that killed over 100k instantly! These were mostly women and children - this may have been the greatest war crime atrocity our
world has ever ever seen in million years......People need to read history and realize what happened and not be misled on
Posted on Sep 22, 2009, 12:27:51 PM PDT
J. Leard says:
good review. i don't need to review it because you said it all, especially the end of the first paragraph. i will always love this movie, but i had to sell it, because i don't get very far before turning into a complete mess. the tragedy of war has never hit me so hard as when i saw this film.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2010, 12:38:55 AM PDT
I think you're missing the point of the movie, which takes place from the perspective of the children. They don't really know the politics involved in the process - to them, the war and the bombings are just something horrible that destroyed their life (and their mother).
And yes, the brother could have swallowed his pride and gone back to his aunt. This is mentioned in the movie, you know - it's an explicit character flaw, one which he's sort of in denial about until his sister is on death's door.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2010, 10:20:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2010, 10:22:42 AM PDT
@ Steven D. Alexander:
Yeah, well what about all the bombings we did to Japan? We killed millions of their citizens who weren't even in the military. What they did to us was horrible, but obviously what we did to them was far worse.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2010, 6:04:44 PM PDT
Matthew Dillon says:
well i for one, would rather be killed instantly in a nuclear explosion than having my skin peeled off or being beaten and starved for days then forced to dig a hole where a japanese officer would place my head after he sliced it off with his katana.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010, 1:04:28 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2011, 5:37:10 PM PDT
The Amazon description doesn't list English or Japanese among the spoken languages. Is this accurate?