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Grave of the Fireflies

Original title
Hotaru no Hakaaka
AKA
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • 火垂るの墓
Year
Running time
93 min.
Country
Japan Japan
Director
Screenwriter
Isao Takahata (Novel: Akiyuki Nosaka)
Music
Yoshio Mamiya
Cinematography
Nobuo Koyama
Cast
Producer
Studio Ghibli
Genre
Animation. Drama. War | II World War. Childhood. Family Relationships. Adult Animation. Cult Movie
Movie Groups
Studio Ghibli (+ Related Films)
New
Synopsis / Plot
A Japanese boy of 14 and his 4 year old sister, attempt to seek refuge from the atrocities of World War II in the small city of Kobe. In post-World War II Japan, a janitor finds a metal sweet container beside a deathly ill boy. The janitor tosses the canister into the night, unwittingly beginning a most unusual tale of survival amid war. Brother and sister Seita and Setsuko, flee their disheveled home and deceased parents to make their bid for a new life. Before American troops begin to occupy their country, the children resort to dwelling in an abandoned bomb shelter in the countryside. Though these siblings later get a sense of safety, they realize necessities such as food and water will not be easy to come by.
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