In the latter part of World War II, a boy and his sister, orphaned when their mother is killed in the firebombing of Tokyo, are left to survive on their own in what remains of civilian life in Japan. The plot follows this boy and his sister as they do their best to survive in the Japanese countryside, battling hunger, prejudice, and pride in their own quiet, personal battle.
|Release Date||:||April 16, 1988|
|Genres||:||Animation, Drama, War|
|Production Company||:||Studio Ghibli, Shinchosha Company|
|Director||:||Isao Takahata, Yoshiyuki Momose|
|Writers||:||Akiyuki Nosaka, Isao Takahata|
|Casts||:||Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi|
|Plot Keywords||:||japan, loss of mother, loss of father, hunger, world war ii, shelter, boy, sister, food, wartime, tokyo japan, little girl, death, starving|
One of the great animated films of all time Grave of Fireflies tells the story of a couple of kids as the try to survive in war time Japan. What happens to them should be seen by anyone thinking of starting a war since it tells very graphically what happens to those often forgotten, the children.
Like its companion piece, Barefoot Gen, which tells the story of survivors of atomic bombing and the horrors that were experienced by those unlucky enough not to have been killed out right, this film proves that war is hell for everyone, especially the children.
Its very hard to send anyone out to see this unhappy little film (The previously mentioned Barefoot Gen spawned sequels, this has not) but at the same time you owe it to yourself to experience, however distantly what sort of monster we unleash upon the world every time we go to war. It helps that however depressing this is, its also a damn good and incredibly compelling story.
9 out of 10