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Grave of the Fireflies (1988) More at IMDbPro »Hotaru no haka (original title)

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Akiyuki Nosaka (novel)
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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)
Tadashi Nakamura ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcy Bannor ... Aunt (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)

Shelley Calene-Black ... Mother (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
Luci Christian ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
Shannon Conley ... Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)
Justin Doran ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Doctors / Old Man (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)
Adam Gibbs ... Seita (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
Dan Green ... Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)
Amy Jones ... Aunt (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)
Susan O. Koozin ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version) (as Susan Koozin)
George Leaver ... Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)

David Matranga ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
Rob Mungle ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
Emily Neves ... Setsuko (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)

Corinne Orr ... Setsuko (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version) (as Rhoda Chrosite)
Sam Roman ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
Blake Shepard ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
J. Robert Spencer ... Seita (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)

Nick Sullivan ... Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)

Veronica Taylor ... Mother (Central Park Media dub) (voice: English version)
David Wald ... Additional Voices (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version)
Andrew Love ... Train Station Worker 1 (Sentai Filmworks dub) (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Isao Takahata 
Writing credits
Akiyuki Nosaka (novel)

Isao Takahata (written by)

Produced by
David Del Rio .... producer: Sentai Filmworks (english version)
Joey Goubeaud .... executive producer: ADV Films (english version)
Toru Hara .... producer
John Ledford .... executive producer: Sentai Filmworks (english version)
John Ledford .... producer: ADV Films (english version)
John O'Donnell .... executive producer: Central Park Media (english version)
Ryôichi Satô .... planning producer
Stephanie Shalofsky .... producer: Central Park Media (english version)
Eiichi Takahashi .... executive producer: Sentai Filmworks (english version)
Shinichirou Ueda .... line producer
Original Music by
Michio Mamiya 
Cinematography by
Nobuo Koyama (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
Art Direction by
Nizô Yamamoto  (as 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
Tsugio Ozawa .... camera operator: Lucky More (as Tsuguo Ozawa)
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 producer: English version: Cental Park Media release
Steven Foster .... adr director: English version - Sentai Filmworks release
Atsushi Kamimura .... production assistant
Masanori Michiie .... technical assistant: Stack
Goro Morita .... production assistant
Mamoru Murao .... technical assistant: Jôsai Duplo
Neil Nadelman .... translator: english version: Cental Park Media release
Tomoaki Nishikiri .... production assistant
Naoyuki Oshikiri .... production desk
Yoshirô Saitô .... technical assistant: Stack
Tony Salerno .... dubbing supervisor (Cental Park Media release) (as Anthony Salerno)
Fumihiko Shimo .... production assistant
Yoshiko Tagami .... titles
Hideo Takagu .... titles
Chiyoshi Tanaka .... production assistant
David Williams .... dvd producer: blu-ray authoring: Sentai Filmworks release
David Williams .... dvd producer: dvd authoring: Sentai Filmworks release

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hotaru no haka" - Japan (original title)
"Grave of the Fireflys" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
"Tomb of the Fireflies" - International (English title) (alternative title)
"Tombstone 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) | Hungary:12 | Ireland:12A | Ireland:12 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | South Korea:12 (2013) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 (re-rating) | UK:12A | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

This film was initially distributed with My Neighbor Totoro (1988) because it was the only way that Miyazaki could have been able to make "Totoro." The reason being that the original film pitch for that film was rejected, so they pitched a double feature with "Grave of the Fireflies," and the project was eventually backed financially by the original writer of the book on which "Grave" is based. It often was overlooked as a film because whenever "Totoro" was screened first, people were left happy and did not wish to be saddened by "Grave" afterward.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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540 out of 561 people found the following review useful.
The best movie you'll never want to see again, 26 August 2001
Author: Nogami from Canada

I had the fortune of being able to see Hotaru no Haka on the big-screen in Seattle a couple of years ago. It was truly the high-point of my film festival excursions. At the end of the movie, there was silence, absolute and total silence in the theater - and then, only an occasional sniffle until the end credits had finished rolling and the house lights came up. It would've seemed almost disrespectful to profane the silence with words.

Seeing a movie like this really changes attitudes about war - about who really suffers, and that the honor and glory is shallow comfort when you contemplate what has been lost in the struggle.

I've made the comment to my friends that if you ever see someone who isn't moved (usually to tears) by this movie, you've found someone without a soul. As difficult as it is to watch, turn off the phone, dim the lights, and immerse yourself in the film with ones you love - you will be a better person for it in the end.

There are many other reviews of this movie, and most of them are probably far more comprehensive than my own - I'll conclude by saying that this movie should required viewing at some point (as should the peace museums at Hiroshima and Nagasaki) for everyone.

When you see war and conflict in the news or read about it in the paper, think back to this movie - your perspective will probably be broadened, and your eyes opened a bit more.

I've only watched this movie about 4 times - it usually takes a year or so to "decompress" after watching it. To see it too often would lessen the impact, and that would be the worst possible thing to do to this movie.

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