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Hotaru no haka
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Release Date:
16 April 1988 (Japan) See more »
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Tsutomu Tatsumi ... Seita (voice)
Ayano Shiraishi ... Setsuko (voice)
Yoshiko Shinohara ... Mother (voice)
Akemi Yamaguchi ... Aunt (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shannon Conley ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Doctors / Old Man (voice: English version)
Dan Green ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Amy Jones ... Aunt (voice: English version)
George Leaver ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Corinne Orr ... Setsuko (voice: English version) (as Rhoda Chrosite)
J. Robert Spencer ... Seita (voice: English version)

Nick Sullivan ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Veronica Taylor ... Mother (voice: English version)

Directed by
Isao Takahata 
Writing credits
Akiyuki Nosaka (novel)

Isao Takahata (written by)

Produced by
David Del Rio .... producer
Toru Hara .... producer
John Ledford .... executive producer
John Ledford .... producer
Ryôichi Satô .... executive producer
Eiichi Takahashi .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michio Mamiya 
Cinematography by
Nobuo Koyama (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
Production Design by
Ryôichi Satô 
Art Direction by
Nizou Yamamoto 
Production Management
Atsushi Kamimura .... unit production manager
Kazuyoshi Tanaka .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norihiko Sutô .... assistant director (as Norihiko Sudo)
Art Department
Katsu Hisamura .... assistant art director
Yuriko Kashiwakura .... assistant character color designer
Noriko Ogawa .... assistant character color designer
Michiyo Yasuda .... character color designer
Sound Department
Chris Bourque .... mixing: Sentai Filmworks dub (as Lash Bourque)
Chris Bourque .... sound designer: Sentai Filmworks dub (as Lash Bourque)
Bill Donnelly .... mix engineer: english version
Yasuo Uragami .... sound designer
Kiyoshi Ôhira .... sound effects (as Noriyoshi Oohira)
Hisanori Ôshiro .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Kunji Tanifuji .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Masashi Abe .... camera operator
Akitarô Daichi .... camera operator
Shinji Ito .... camera operator
Atsushi Kageyama .... camera operator
Tsuguo Ozawa .... camera operator
Naoyuki Taniguchi .... camera operator
Animation Department
Hideaki Anno .... animator
Yukiyoshi Hane .... animator (as Yoshiyuki Hane)
Iku Ishiguro .... animator
Kuniyuki Ishii .... animator
Megumi Kagawa .... animator
Hideo Kawauchi .... animator
Masuji Kigami .... animator
Yoshifumi Kondô .... animation director
Yoshifumi Kondô .... character designer
Kitarô Kôsaka .... key animator (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Yoshiyuki Momose .... layout
Noriko Moritomo .... animator
Hiroshi Ogawa .... animator
Toshiyasu Okada .... animator
Reiko Okuyama .... animator
Toshitsugu Saida .... animator (as Shunji Saida)
Akio Sakai .... animator
Michiyo Sakurai .... animator
Noboru Takano .... animator
Yasuomi Umetsu .... animator
Toshio Yamauchi .... animator (as Shôjurô Yamauchi)
Atsuko Ôtani .... animator
Noriko Ôzeki .... animator
Editorial Department
Hiroshi Adachi .... assistant editor
Other crew
Peter Bavaro .... adr director: English version
Neil Nadelman .... translator: english version
Naoyuki Oshikiri .... production desk
Tony Salerno .... dubbing supervisor (as Anthony Salerno)
David Williams .... dvd producer: blu-ray authoring - ADV Films release
David Williams .... dvd producer: dvd authoring - ADV Films release

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hotaru no haka" - Japan (original title)
"Tomb of the Fireflies" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo) (theatrical print)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) (video rating) (2005) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (video rating) (2002) | Canada:G (Quebec) (video rating) (1994) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (video rating) (1993) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Hong Kong:IIA | Hong Kong:I (2014) | Ireland:12A | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | South Korea:12 (2013) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 (re-rating) | UK:12A | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

The movie was originally intended as a sort-of double feature with another Ghibli movie, My Neighbor Totoro (1988). Ghibli's parent company reasoned that Totoro's tie-in with a movie with more educational merit would guarantee its inclusion in the list of summer's recommended movies for school children.See more »
Continuity: Right at the beginning, someone places what looks like a rice ball loosely wrapped in some tree bark as a protective cover next to the boy known as Seita. The scene cuts to Seita's face and soon after he collapses, the wrapped rice ball is nowhere to be seen.See more »
[first lines]
Seita:September 21, 1945... that was the night I died.
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121 out of 143 people found the following review useful.
Depressing, but a must see, 6 July 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

One of the great animated films of all time Grave of Fireflies tells the story of a couple of kids as the try to survive in war time Japan. What happens to them should be seen by anyone thinking of starting a war since it tells very graphically what happens to those often forgotten, the children.

Like its companion piece, Barefoot Gen, which tells the story of survivors of atomic bombing and the horrors that were experienced by those unlucky enough not to have been killed out right, this film proves that war is hell for everyone, especially the children.

Its very hard to send anyone out to see this unhappy little film (The previously mentioned Barefoot Gen spawned sequels, this has not) but at the same time you owe it to yourself to experience, however distantly what sort of monster we unleash upon the world every time we go to war. It helps that however depressing this is, its also a damn good and incredibly compelling story.

9 out of 10

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Not much sympathy from me as a Korean-American. dhydro_lics88
How many minutes did you cry? veeshman
To me this movie is aweful merelientje
Seita was not stupid nor selfish jenn4394
Did anyone else feel this way days after watching it? thebedtimestory
Surprisingly not very sad? dheerlein27
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