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Tombstone of the Fireflies (2008)
"Hotaru no haka" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  5 July 2008 (Japan)
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Set during World War II, the film follows a young brother and sister as they attempt to survive the aftermath of the firebombing of Kobe City.



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Credited cast:
Reo Yoshitake ...
Rina Hatakeyama ...
Keiko Matsuzaka ...
Widow - Seita's aunt
Yukiko - Seita's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiromi Chino ...
Kimie Honjo
Jun Etô ...
Masao Honjo
Kazuki Hagiwara ...
Widow's son
Maichi Kaicho of Nishimiya
Chizuru Ikewaki ...
Young Widow
Hiroyuki Nagato ...
Maichi Kaicho of Mikage
Maika Suzuki ...
Kazuko Honjo
Katsuaki Takahashi ...
Seita's father
Risa Taniuchi ...
Akiko Honjo
Yukiko Yabe ...
Widow's daughter
Sô Yamanaka ...
Michihiko Takayama


Set during World War II, the film follows a young brother and sister as they attempt to survive the aftermath of the firebombing of Kobe City.

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Hotaru no haka  »

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Excellent acting, especially by the Setsuko character
8 November 2010 | by (Vista, California) – See all my reviews

I can't say enough good things about this movie.

I did see the anime first, but seeing it portrayed by real people hits hard. I also got a better understanding of what the aunt was going through, and Seita and Setsuko were perfect for their roles.

I also liked how the story was explained by one of their cousins (the aunt's oldest daughter) to her granddaughter in present day Kobe.

One thing I had to wonder was why they didn't use Setsuko's wonderful line from the anime. You know the one: "Why do fireflies die so young?"

Overall, a terrific movie as well as one that shows just how underrated J-cinema is.

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