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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Hotaru no haka (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Drama, War | 26 July 1989 (USA)
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Akiyuki Nosaka (novel), Isao Takahata
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tsutomu Tatsumi Tsutomu Tatsumi ... Seita (voice)
Ayano Shiraishi Ayano Shiraishi ... Setsuko (voice)
Yoshiko Shinohara Yoshiko Shinohara ... Mother (voice)
Akemi Yamaguchi Akemi Yamaguchi ... Aunt (voice)
Kôzô Hashida Kôzô Hashida ... Obayashi Chairman (voice)
Masayo Sakai Masayo Sakai ... Woman who takes care of Setsuko (voice)
Kazumi Nozaki Kazumi Nozaki ... Cousin (voice)
Yoshio Matsuoka Yoshio Matsuoka ... Gosaku (voice)
Masahiro Kanetake Masahiro Kanetake ... Aunt's house guest (voice)
Kiyoshi Yanagawa Kiyoshi Yanagawa ... Patrolman (voice)
Hajime Maki Hajime Maki ... Man who arrests Seita (voice)
Atsuo Omote Atsuo Omote ... Person in bank (voice)
Teruhisa Harita Teruhisa Harita ... Station worker (voice)
Hiroshi Tanaka Hiroshi Tanaka ... Person in bank (voice)
Michio Denpô Michio Denpô ... Station worker / Doctor (voice)
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Storyline

The story of Seita and Setsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival. Written by Kyle Perez

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Genres:

Animation | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Produced concurrently with My Neighbor Totoro (1988). Many of the animators had trouble remembering which film they were animating. See more »

Goofs

Right at the beginning, someone places what looks like a rice ball loosely wrapped in some tree bark as a protective cover next to the boy known as Seita. The scene cuts to Seita's face and soon after he collapses, the wrapped rice ball is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Seita: September 21, 1945... that was the night I died.
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Connections

Featured in The Art of Japanese Life: Cities (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Gunkan kôshinkyoku
(Warship March)
Written by Tôkichi Setoguchi
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Haunting
28 January 2001 | by Black RainbowSee all my reviews

I was warned this movie would be emotional, but I had no idea just how understated that was. By the end, my friend and I were huddled together, pouring out tears I've never shed for any movie before. It was a mix of horror, empathy, sadness, and so many more emotions I can't even begin to list.

Visions of this film have haunted me since first watching it, and I would find it hard to watch again, simply from it being so heart-wrenching. Only one movie has ever hit me hard enough to keep me from subjecting myself to it's strong emotions again (The thief, the cook, his wife and her lover).

I strongly urge all to watch this, as it rises well about any films I've seen, anime or not.


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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grave of the Fireflies See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,101, 12 August 2018

Gross USA:

$516,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$516,962
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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