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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 »
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A powerful film that shows the true cost of war See more (457 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:
Rhoda Chrosite ... Setsuko (voice: English version)
Shannon Conley ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

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

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)
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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 | 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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176 out of 185 people found the following review useful.
A powerful film that shows the true cost of war, 28 August 2004
Author: dee.reid from United States

"Grave of the Fireflies" is one of the most ambitious, depressing, and quite frankly, best films that I've ever seen. I was nearly moved to tears by this film's brave treatment of such critical subject matter. Yes, it's an Anime' piece, but surprisingly, it came out in 1988, during a time where most Japanese animation films were either relentless bloodbaths, borderline pornography, or both.

As a fan of the Anime' genre of film-making, many great pieces have achieved some sort of cult status here in America, yet none have really reached mainstream success. Some have broken through the barrier and have gained acceptance with American critics, like Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira," or "Princess Mononoke," or "Spirited Away" (both films directed by Hayao Miyazaki). One that I've seen and has been barely mentioned by most critics is "Grave of the Fireflies."

What we have with "Grave of the Fireflies," is a story of innocence lost and two children who ultimately face a losing battle with trying to survive in a small Japanese village in the closing days of World War II. WWII was the costliest conflict in world history, with millions dead and thousands left to pick up the pieces.

In the center of it, are the aforementioned two children, who are pretty much left to fend for themselves after their mother is killed in a bombing raid. Because their father is off fighting in the war and they have no way of contacting any other family, they're sent to live with their aunt, who is at first warm and welcoming to them, but eventually becomes very cruel and the children are forced to live in a nearby bomb shelter. From that point on, the two children embark on a journey that is every bit as unpleasant and difficult as the grim realities of the world around them.

Very easily one of the best Anime' films that I've ever seen (or any animated film for that matter), I find it difficult to believe just how truly overlooked "Grave of the Fireflies" is. The animation is beautiful, though certainly not dated by any means (even though Japanese animation has progressed well since this film was made).

We get a sense of the dread of the two lead characters, who watch as the world around them crumbles into heaps of ashes, and aircraft loom ominously overhead, dropping their deadly, incendiary cargo on unsuspecting Japanese villagers.

The director, Isao Takahata, obviously has a special resentment of the war, but manages to avoid condemning it outright. The director instead lets us focus in on the conflict as seen through the eyes of the two children, who watch unflinchingly as the realities of their world begin to falter before them.

"Grave of the Fireflies" is a bold statement on the condition of the human soul during conflict. I probably shouldn't say this but I am anyways, but this film has to be the "Schindler's List" of animated pieces. It's brave, it's not overly sentimental, but it is relentless in its dramatization of a dangerous reality. It should be required viewing in any high school world history class.

A beautiful film; not to be missed by anyone.

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