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In post-war Japan, in the city of Kobe's train station, a young boy lies dying. A janitor finds a metal canister lying next to the boy and when he opens it ashes fall out. As fireflies gather around, ghostly figures of the boy and his little sister appear, as the story flashes back to the orphaned, homeless Seita and his sister. The two youngsters struggle in the Japanese countryside but find they cannot escape the hardships of war and have no chance for survival. Stunning animated testimony to the human spirit. Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Available on Running time 88 minutes. Originally from Japanese.

Cast and Crew

Anime, Brothers & Sisters, Survival, Postwar
Isao Takahata
Isao Takahata
Akiyuki Nosaka, Shinchosha Co.

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Grave of the Fireflies
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This movie is possibly the best animated film ever done for an adult audience, and I do mean an ADULT audience. It is not pornographic, but the material is intense for adults and should be reviewed first before being shown to anyone 18 or under. Some Americans will have trouble with this story, especially those of the WWII generation. I can only guess that the same reaction is possible with the Japanese, Korean and Chinese viewer. I would recommend the English dubbed version, and it has been available on DVD.