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Director:
Writers:
Akiyuki Nosaka (novel)
Isao Takahata (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 1988 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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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Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Brutally honest and heartbreaking See more (475 total) »

Cast

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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
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
Shunji Saida .... animator
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)
 

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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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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo) (theatrical print)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | 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

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Trivia:
The fruit drops that Setsuko eats were made by the Sakuma Confectionary Company, which in real life was established in 1949 (four years after the events in this movie took place). A few years ago, Sakuma released limited edition tin cans that resembled the one seen in the movie. Some variations of these tins also had a picture of Setsuko looking through her tin for the last drop.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Seita:September 21, 1945... that was the night I died.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home Sweet HomeSee more »

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227 out of 245 people found the following review useful.
Brutally honest and heartbreaking, 9 October 2003
Author: Dark0 from England

Being my first Anime review I thought I'd start off with my one of my favourite pieces of work from who else but Studio Ghibli. Ghibli have rarely produced anime that doesn't fall short of great but Graveyard is something different indeed.

Set in the aftermath of World War II, Graveyard is focused on the lives of a caring brother and his young sister (Setsuko and Seita) and how they struggle against both the elements of wartime and a depreciating Japanese empire. The most striking thing about Graveyard is probably how real everything seems. The animation is very unconventional to the likes of say Spirited Away or Laputa but in a good way. The horror of war is beautifully realised through the animation, whether it be the American destruction being shown or the bleak outlook on peoples lives, namely the two main characters. Thankfully it earns every shred of emotion it conveys through these two sympathetic characters that only the coldest of hearts wouldn't warm up to.

Avoiding any Hollywood sentimentality, it is often a bleak and depressing perspective depicted but all the more brutally powerful in the process. With my eyes welling up through the duration of the film, it occured to me just how well the Director understands what raw heartfelt emotion is and how to play the audiences heart strings. Nevertheless nothing is shown in a heavy handed approach, no empthasis is put on the Americans nor is there any special attention taken to the war details. If anything the citizens of Japan are shown in the coldest light often giving little help to the plight of others, but demonstrating furthermore what desperate situation everyone is in.

Takahata instead decides to focus on the plight of it's title characters against the background of war. With the empire of Japan in crisis and food shortages everywhere it is heart breaking to see a brother struggle to meet ends meet for his sister. Due to the approach taken it borders on being horrifying but fortunately the tone is changed with the spirit put into Setsuko's character. Much like 'The Pianist' the issue is not the war but the struggle and will to survive in it. This is clearly displayed in a plot that revolves around the downward spiral Setsuko trying to feed himself and more importantly the younger and more vulnerable sister Seita. The animation though detailed and indeed beautiful in some sequences (namely relating to the title), is not by any means flashy but captures emotions and interactions between the characters perfectly. It's the perfect mixture of such animation, realistic and highly likeable characters that makes the whole film one tearful experience. Dealing with such difficult issues it's very hard to imagine this being a film and if it was I don't think it would of been done as well.

Part of the brilliance also comes from symbology and the association to many different worlds in such a understanding depiction. The child, Seita, is nothing short of perfection in child like behaviour happily oblivious to the desperate situation, amusing herself with simplicity and the quirks of nature and the outdoors. The older brother Setsuko who must carry the burdon of everything is also perfectly portrayed and to watch there decent is painful to say the least. To struggle is one thing but to have shock, shattered dreams and be depended on is something anyone can empthasise with.

There may be some people who will shy away from Anime, disregarding it as a mere cartoon. To those people and everyone else I recommend Graveyard as the tonic, which can be appreciated by anyone with a heart and soul. Among the finest pieces of Anime created and one of the most touching war films ever made.

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