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Akiyuki Nosaka (novel)
Isao Takahata (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 1988 (Japan) See more »
A young boy and his little sister 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 (english version)
Toru Hara .... producer
John Ledford .... executive producer (english version)
John Ledford .... producer (english version)
Ryôichi Satô .... planning producer
Eiichi Takahashi .... executive producer
Shinichirou Ueda .... line producer
Original Music by
Michio Mamiya 
Cinematography by
Nobuo Koyama (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
Art Direction by
Nizou Yamamoto 
Production Management
Shin'ichirô Ueda .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norihiko Sutô .... assistant director (as Norihiko Sudo)
Art Department
Kazu Hisamura .... assistant art director (as Katsu Hisamura)
Michiyo Yasuda .... color key
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
Michihiro Itô .... sound effects editor: &M Planning Center
Yasuo Uragami .... sound director
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: Lucky More
Akitarô Daichi .... camera operator: Lucky More
Shinji Ito .... camera operator: Lucky More
Atsushi Kageyama .... camera operator: Lucky More
Hideo Okazaki .... camera operator: Lucky More
Tsuguo Ozawa .... camera operator: Lucky More
Naoyuki Taniguchi .... camera operator: Lucky More
Animation Department
Homi Abe .... cel painter
Hideaki Anno .... animator
Toshie Aoki .... cel painter
Reiko Aonuma .... cel painter
Mieko Asai .... cel painter
Manami Beppu .... cel painter
Yumi Enozawa .... inbetween artist
Mayumi Fujimoto .... inbetween artist
Tazuko Fukutsuchi .... inbetween artist
Hideaki Furusawa .... inbetween artist
Yumi Furuya .... cel painter
Seiji Handa .... inbetween artist
Yukiyoshi Hane .... animator (as Yoshiyuki Hane)
Kasumi Hara .... inbetween artist
Tokuko Harada .... cel painter
Fukiko Hashizume .... background artist
Yumi Hattori .... cel painter
Shizuko Hirai .... cel painter
Eiji Hirakawa .... background artist
Kazue Hiranuma .... cel painter
Eiichirô Hirata .... inbetween artist
Shûichi Hirata .... background artist
Toru Hishiyama .... background artist
Matsuko Horii .... cel painter
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... inbetween artist
Akemi Hosoya .... cel painter
Yumiko Ichihara .... cel painter
Junko Igarashi .... cel painter
Nobuko Igarashi .... cel painter
Takuya Iinuma .... inbetween artist
Junko Ina .... background artist
Hiroshi Inada .... inbetween artist
Atsushi Irie .... inbetween artist
Junko Isaka .... inbetween artist
Michiyo Iseda .... cel painter
Kimie Ishida .... cel painter
Iku Ishiguro .... animator
Kuniyuki Ishii .... animator
Norichika Iwakiri .... cel painter
Megumi Kagawa .... animator
Hitoshi Kagiyama .... inbetween artist
Yoshimi Kanbara .... inbetween artist
Yoshinari Kanebako .... background artist
Masashi Kaneko .... inbetween artist
Yuriko Kashiwakura .... cel checker
Yûichi Katayama .... inbetween artist
Yumi Kawachi .... inbetween artist
Yoshie Kawahashi .... inbetween artist
Hideo Kawauchi .... animator
Yoko Kida .... inbetween artist
Yoshiji Kigami .... animator (as Masuji Kigami)
Yoshifumi Kondô .... animation director
Yoshifumi Kondô .... character designer
Mutsuo Koseki .... background artist
Hiromi Kosuda .... inbetween artist
Tsutomu Kosuga .... cel painter
Takiko Kubota .... cel painter
Tsutomu Kurita .... inbetween artist
Kitarô Kôsaka .... key animator (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Chieko Machida .... cel painter
Harumi Machii .... cel painter
Takao Maki .... inbetween artist
Yukiko Matsushita .... cel painter
Haremi Miyagawa .... cel painter
Yoshiyuki Momose .... assistant animation director
Yoshiyuki Momose .... layout
Noriko Moritomo .... animator
Akemi Motohashi .... inbetween artist
Midori Nagaoka .... inbetween artist
Ikue Nakayama .... cel painter
Yôji Nakaza .... background artist
Reiko Nanami .... cel painter
Tatsuji Narita .... inbetween artist
Sumie Nishido .... inbetween artist
Michiko Nishimaki .... cel painter
Eiichiro Nishiyama .... inbetween artist
Hiroshi Ogawa .... animator
Noriko Ogawa .... cel checker
Yûko Ogawa .... inbetween artist
Toshiyasu Okada .... animator
Reiko Okuyama .... animator
Kyooko Ootake .... cel painter
Hisako Sagara .... cel painter
Toshitsugu Saida .... animator (as Shunji Saida)
Eiko Saitô .... cel painter
Fumiko Saitô .... cel painter
Yuriko Saitô .... inbetween artist
Akio Sakai .... animator
Keiko Sakuma .... inbetween artist
Taeko Sakuma .... cel painter
Yoshimi Sakuma .... cel painter
Michiyo Sakurai .... animator
Nobuko Sano .... cel painter
Nobuko Sato .... inbetween artist
Aya Satô .... inbetween artist
Michiko Shibata .... cel painter
Shirô Shibata .... inbetween artist
Kazue Shiki .... cel painter
Chieko Shiobara .... inbetween artist
Yukitaka Shishikai .... cel painter
Eiko Sudô .... background artist
Mayumi Suzuki .... inbetween artist
Toshiko Tahara .... cel painter
Yûki Takagi .... cel painter
Naomi Takahashi .... cel painter
Ako Takano .... inbetween artist
Noboru Takano .... animator
Yoshiko Takasago .... cel painter
Noriko Takaya .... background artist (as Noriko Higuchi)
Tomoko Takei .... inbetween artist
Seiki Tamura .... background artist
Osamu Tanabe .... inbetween artist
Nobuko Tanaka .... cel painter
Shinichi Toyonaga .... cel painter
Shigeto Tsuji .... inbetween artist
Yasuomi Umetsu .... animator
Mayumi Watabe .... cel painter
Nobuko Watanabe .... cel painter
Midori Yamada .... inbetween artist
Yasuko Yamaguchi .... cel painter
Toshio Yamauchi .... animator (as Shôjurô Yamauchi)
Natsuyo Yasuda .... assistant animation director
Rie Yasui .... cel painter
Fujino Yonei .... cel painter
Sachiko Yoneyama .... inbetween artist
Junko Yoshikawa .... cel painter
Takao Yoshikawa .... cel painter
Hiroyuki Yoshimura .... inbetween artist
Takao Yoshino .... inbetween artist
Emiko Ôno .... cel painter
Tokihiko Ôta .... inbetween artist
Atsuko Ôtani .... animator
Masahiko Ôuchi .... inbetween artist
Noriko Ôzeki .... animator
Editorial Department
Hiroshi Adachi .... assistant editor
Other crew
Peter Bavaro .... adr director: English version
Atsushi Kamimura .... production assistant
Masanori Michiie .... technical assistant: Stack
Goro Morita .... production assistant
Mamoru Murao .... technical assistant: Jôsai Duplo
Neil Nadelman .... translator: english version
Tomoaki Nishikiri .... production assistant
Naoyuki Oshikiri .... production desk
Yoshirô Saitô .... technical assistant: Stack
Tony Salerno .... dubbing supervisor (as Anthony Salerno)
Fumihiko Shimo .... production assistant
Yoshiko Tagami .... titles
Hideo Takagu .... titles
Chiyoshi Tanaka .... production assistant
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:Tous publics | 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?

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.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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Home Sweet HomeSee more »


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143 out of 169 people found the following review useful.
A magnificent piece of work and one of the most heartbreaking tales ever told, 7 January 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Animation is often seen as a childish medium, and for good reason as kid's films often are animated. However, every now and then an animated film comes along that extends it's boundaries and manages to deliver a very adult story, and Grave of the Fireflies is one of those films. Through it's well observed and very real characters, Grave of the Fireflies portrays a story of loss, heartbreak and the effect of war on civilians in a manner that is more effective and more firmly based in reality than many live action films about the same subject are. We follow Seita and Setsuko, a brother and sister that have lost their parents in the war and are now forced to fend for themselves in the war torn country. How the two go about doing that and the boy's development from a child to a (somewhat) responsible adult due to the change in the surroundings makes up the spine of the movie.

I'm not a big fan of animation, but there are some films that are so great that a person's personal preferences are irrelevant, and this is one of those films. The animation is beautiful and certain scenes, including the air raids and anything with the fireflies are amazing works of art. The way the music blends with the images on screen is haunting and beautiful, and helps add to the tragedy of the story. Because we are able to care for the characters, the tragedy is increased ten fold and the story on the whole is a sad one, but few movies have ever matched up to this film's ending in terms of pure despair. The conclusion is absolutely gut wrenching to an extent that few movies have ever matched, let alone animated pictures. The fact that it's so plain and blatant, with no attempt to console the audience takes the tragedy to a whole new level and I don't doubt that many audience members will be holding back tears upon the film's conclusion.

This film is a must see.

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