Grave of the Fireflies
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.
The DVD includes trailers, English and Japanese with English subtitles, interviews with the writer and director, and much, much more.
I was blown away by this movie; that’s why I gave it 5 doves. I would have to say that it is the best and most moving animated film that I have ever seen. Two young kids first lose their mother in a fire caused by the bombings in the war. Then they both go to live with some really mean “relative” who eventually turns them away and leaves them nowhere to go. They go to live in a shelter built into the side of a hill, but they have no money and they have no food. Then Seita learns that Japan has lost the war and his father’s ship has been sunk. They have now lost their father. Very shortly after he learns of his father, his little sister dies of malnutrition and he cremates her himself. This movie tells about the horrors and casualties of war. It was so sad and so touching. I recommend it to everyone, although it may be too intense and disturbing for very young children.