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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Rhoda Chrosite
Director: Isao Takahata
Category: Animation, Foreign
Studio: Central Park
English, Japanese
88 mins



Dual Language: English & Japanese

It is post-war Japan, just weeks before the American occupation,In the city of Kobe, a boy lies in a train station.Beside his body lies a small candy container.A janitor, unsure what to make of its ashy contents, pitches it into the night.As fireflies float softly around it, the ghostly images of the boy and his little sister appear...

Flashback to a short time earlier.Orphaned and homeless from a fire-bomb attack on their city, 14-year-old Seita and his 4-year-old sister, Setsuko, set out to survive in the face of a society that is no longer able to protect them.Forced to live in an abandoned bomb shelter in the Japanese countryside, they slowly come to realize that they can never escape the hardships of war, or even find enough food to survive...

1994 First Prize as 'Best Animated Feature' at the Chicago Children's Film Festival.


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