In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children’s lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. Grave of the Fireflies is a tale of the true tragedy of war and innocence lost, not only of the abandoned young, but of an entire nation. —Central Park Media
Isao Takahata (born October 29, 1935) is one of the most famous directors of anime, or Japanese animated films.
Born in Ujiyamada (now Ise), Mie prefecture, Japan, he is a long-term colleague of Miyazaki Hayao and co-head at Studio Ghibli. His four animated films at Studio Ghibli have spanned a remarkable range of genres: war-film (Grave of the Fireflies), romantic drama (Only Yesterday), comedy (My Neighbors the Yamadas) and ecological adventure (Pom-Poko). Of these Grave of the Fireflies, in particular, is widely considered among the greatest animated films ever made.
Graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1959, Takahata joined the newly-created Toei Douga animation company where a short time later he met Miyazaki, and also directed his first feature film Horus: Prince of the Sun. Ostracized within the company after the financial failure of the film (despite its artistic success), he and Miyazaki left in order to work together, and collaborated on many other films… read more
The Superb masterpiece movie i've ever seen in my life.. Mr. Takahata, i saluted for giving us one of best movie. U know i already 35 yrs old, i've ready see so many movies from all over countries in my life but i never see this kind of movie because it's make me cry always when i think about the movie...I know this is movie but when both of the kids dead, i feel why not The God help them??
Unflinching examination of the effects of war, and the emphasis on the effect on people's spirits and goodwill stings far more than the depiction of the torment wrought on their bodies. Plus, it is a superbly balanced and scored film, with a strong element of elegy to match the horror. And the "There's No Place Like Home" sequence is one of the most devastatingly sad things ever put on film.
Originally released on a double bill with Miyazaki's gorgeously cute My Neighbor Totoro, you could not wish for a greater contrast than this harrowing story in which orphaned siblings struggle to survive alone in the last months of World War II. Takahata illuminates this masterpiece with moments of sheer beauty but on the whole it is brutal and unbearably poignant; in fact, I'm not sure I could sit through it again..
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