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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 ...
Setsuko
Keiko Matsuzaka ...
Widow - Seita's aunt
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Yukiko - Seita's mother
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Hiromi Chino ...
Kimie Honjo
Jun Etô ...
Masao Honjo
Kazuki Hagiwara ...
Widow's son
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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
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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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Grave of the Fireflies  »

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Watch the 2005 version instead, or the original Anime
7 January 2013 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

After having seen the 2005 NTV version "Grave of the Fireflies", this one was somewhat of a disappointment.

The storyline had been altered greatly and the beginning and ending had been trimmed and thus losing the poignancy of the movie. The use of modern upbeat songs is inappropriate for the tentative and moving moments. The storyline was less developed and the acting was far from convincing and even wooden at times. I can't understand why they made this version so soon after the NTV version.

If you want to watch this title (I wholly recommend you do), see the 2005 version and the original anime. Both are extremely poignant and deeply moving testaments to those who suffered under similar circumstances.


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