Still have not seen a film that is more sad than this one. It's almost unbearable. Too sad to see with dry eyes. I cried buckets worth of salty tears. Should be shown to War Generals and Governments all around the world. If not for unnecessary pain and suffering at least for small children, you aggressive people. At least for children. We're all children. Don't kill us off. This is an absolute masterpiece. Hats off.
SPOILERS AHEAD. Though I am grateful that Ebert's praise brought many people's attention, including mine, to Takahata's work, I must disagree with his anti-war reading of this film. Rather, I view it more as a critique of nationalism since it's the main character's pride that leads to his and his sister's downfall. On the topic of the sister, I found her death and following montage too manipulative for my taste.
The deviations of a more emotional character imply the insistence on a rhetoric of feelings that prevents this film to reach the highest point that its formal structure allows: it’s a beautiful animated film, a wise space exploration of the medium's potential, in its visual and narrative components. However, the excess around the girl's death causes a movement a contrario sensu to its sensitive perception.
The saddest war movie I've ever seen, made especially sad by the strength, resilience, and joie de vire our protagonists demonstrate.
The best non-Miyazaki Studio Ghibli movie; and ranks right up with the best that Miyazaki made.
Takahata'nın elinden ve Ghibli Stüdyoları'ndan kötü bir film çıktığı vaki değildir. Bu da onlardan biri, kesinlikle kaçmaz bir yapım, uzun yıllar oluyor izleyeli, ancak izleri hep çok taze, sıcak... Hikayeden işlenişe, karakterlerden animasyon kalitesine her yönüyle harika.
I think this movie's idea not only death of innocence or showing war's bad side.If this brother character returned that bad woman's house with leaving his pride aside , they could be survive. but he didnt try , He wanted to stand on his own feet , without not burden to anyone . But they didnt succeed . this movie is showing that there is no place for pride in this life . because of this dying is easier than living.