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Grave Of The Fireflies (2 Discs) (Studio Ghibli Collection)

Released on 23 August 2004

Featuring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi & Yoshiko Shinohara

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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In the aftermath of 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. Isao Takahata's rightly revered and thought-provoking anime was winner of a special award at the 1989 Blue Ribbon awards and the Adult's Jury award at the 1994 Chicago International Children's Film Festival.

Disc One:

  • Full storyboard option for the entire feature!
  • Disc Two:

    • Bonus storyboards
    • Interview with director Isao Takahata
    • 'Historical Perspective' documentary
    • An interview with distinguished film critic Roger Ebert
    • 'Video Restoration': a featurette on the restoration of the film
    • Art gallery
    • Japanese release promotional material featuring an interview with director Isao Takahata and writer Akiyuki Nosaka
    • Biographies of Isao Takahata and Akiyuki Nosaka
    • Art gallery
    • Original Japanese trailer
    • Original U.S. trailer

    customer Reviews

     Average rating (13 reviews)

     The saddest film ever made

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    A stunning film for many reasons. It graphically and angrily depicts lives devastated by war. It shows the Japanese to not just be a simple-minded race of suicidal warriors, but everyday people from any walk of life. And it chronicles a tragic and overwhelmingly sad story of a boy and his noble but foolish and futile efforts to provide for himself and his sister. Believable characters, beautiful animation and heart-rending music, this detailed and eloquent film is undoubtedly saddening and unsettling but it is bravely human and it is passionately pacifist, something rarely communicated convincingly in an anti-war film

     This film truly is something special

    | | See all ryansama's reviews (9)

    i've watched a lot of anime programs and films over the years and none of them (except naruto...its awesome) have had a signifcant effect on my life as this one has. Do not expect to see mecha and samurai fighting each other, this is an emotional story of a brother and sister trying to survive in japan during ww2. Their struggle simply reminds us that we are human and life is filled with tradegy as well as good times.......to be honest, i dont know how to describe this film, but once you see it you will understand exactly how me and many other peoples outlook on life has changed for the better. Buy this film and be ready for an amazing tearjerker...

     Simply breathtaking

    | | See all santoselhelpa's reviews (4)

    This is animation at its heart rending best. Not much brings a tear to my eye but this beautiful and tragic tale certainly did. Showing as it does the reality of ww11 form the Japanese civilian perspective; it was not only eye opening but a stark reminder of the human cost of conflict.

    More than that it is the tale of two children and this is where the raw emotion lies. As you follow them through their journey you cannot help but become involved.

    If you want happy and light this is not the film try Spirited Away or Howles Moving castle (though both have dark elements). but if your looking for a film to take hold of your emotions and take you on a journey with no Disney ending this is it. Ouite simply I thought it was one of the best films I have ever had the pleasure to watch, animated or otherwise. It compares with La Vita e Bella for character and emotion in war time setting.

     tragically beautiful

    | | See all amazoncat's reviews (1)

    This is truely the most tragic film you'll ever watch but the reason it's so utterly distressing is that so much trouble has been gone to be its creators to make characters that we feel so involved with that the appalling events of their lives really do matter to us. It is a beautiful film, just as all the Studio Ghibli collection are with a well rounded story line.

    Be prepared for no let-up in the story's tragedy - there is minimal comic relief but I feel that is why we feel so attached to these characters; nobody has tried to make what happens to these children seem easy to accept and in doing so they have created a stunning, moving and believable war film that will leave you moved for a long time.

     Very powerful and deeply moving anime classic.

    | | See all Murrs84Ltd's reviews (2)

    About two japanese kids trying to survive the horrors of the american fire bombing campains,of all the major cities in japan during WW2. The brother (Seita) and his little sister (Setsuko) are forced to deal with life without their parents. As the pair try to deal with their situation and fight for survival there are many sad moments, but some genuinely tender moments between the pair as Seita tries his hardest to look after and care for his sister. The film is one of the most moving and saddist i have ever seen. It brings me to tears every time i watch it. One of the greatest war time movies (anime or live action) period! An anime classic and a must have for all ghibli fans.

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    ActorsTsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara & Akemi Yamaguchi
    DirectorIsao Takahata
    Certificate12 years and over
    ScreenWidescreen 16:9 Anamorphic
    LanguagesJapanese ; English - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo
    Duration1 hour and 30 minutes (approx)
    RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.