An aunt's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II while caring for her niece and nephew.

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Centers on the struggle of two orphaned Japanese children, 14 year-old Seita and his four year-old sister Setsuko, during World War II.

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Credited cast:
Yasunori Danta ...
Eisaku Matsui (Motoko's husband) (as Yasunori Danda)
Mayuko Fukuda ...
Hana Sawano (Natsu's sister)
Mansaku Fuwa ...
The farmer
Shota Horie ...
Teizo Sawano (Natsu's brother)
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Genzo Sawano (Hisako's husband)
Narumi Iihara ...
Yuki Sawano (Natsu's sister)
Mao Inoue ...
Keiko Mitsumura (Natsu's granddaughter)
Hoshi Ishida ...
Seita Yokokawa (Setsuko's big brother)
Jun Kaname ...
Yoshie Sawano (Genzo's brother)
Keiko Kishi ...
Natsu Mitsumura (old)
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Hisako Sawano (Seita mother's cousin)
Katsuhisa Namase ...
Toshiyuki Yoshioka (policeman)
Yui Natsukawa ...
Kyoko Yokokawa (Setsuko's mother)
Yukari Nishio
Rei Okamoto ...
Motoko Matsui (Eisaku's wife)
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An aunt's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II while caring for her niece and nephew.

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A great series
19 June 2006 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This made for TV mini series is a different adaption from the same novel of which the by far more famous anime was made. This is Japanese 'hoamu doruama' (home drama). Fans of that should know what to expect when seeing this.

This series not only shows the suffering of both children in a very vivid way but also shows the perspective of the aunt. It clearly shows what difficult (immoral)decisions people have to make during war-time.

You should ask to yourself if you would make a hard decision like Seita and his aunt have to make. This series thankfully doesn't judge the aunt as immoral, she is simply a mother who has to take care of her own children.

It shows what war can do to people, in this case both to Seita and his aunt.

This series also depicts the hollowness of war-time slogans and how misleading they can be.

The acting is super be, all the cast give their best performance but especially Sasaki's performance is marvellous and touching. It can only be hoped that we will see more of her in the future.

I can recommend this series even if you have already seen the anime.


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