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Hotaru no haka (1988)
the saddest movie I ever saw...
this is one of the saddest (if not, SADDEST) movie I ever saw and I have seen a lot of movies. Even though you know from the start that it is going to be a tragedy, you still can't help but feel sorry for the 2 main characters. I brawled my eyes out when little Setsuko died because the scene is so powerful, it evokes emotions like never before. Part of it is because throughout the film, we get to know the two main characters deeply. Their actions are like any typical pre- teenager/toddler and you really feel for them or even think that you know them. And it is with dread that you know it can happened to anyone if you are in their situation.
The film succeeds in telling us how cruel war is and ultimately, the ones who suffer the most are the innocent (particularly children. It should sent a strong message to people who glorify war because there is nothing glory in war. Only blood, gore and hunger.
I urge everyone to see this film at least one and I can be sure (at least for a while), you will not think that winning a war is glory.