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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Japan 88m, Colour
Director: Isao Takahata; Cast: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

Grave_Of_The_FirefliesGrave of the Fireflies is an extraordinarily heartrending anti-war film about a Japanese boy named Seita who is tasked with caring for his little sister Setsuko after their mother is killed in a fire bombing raid on their town near the end of WWII. Based on Akiyuki Nosaka’s 1967 novel of the same name, their story is told by the Seita’s spirit as a flashback after his death. An early production of Studio Ghibli, Grave of the Fireflies is a masterpiece of film making, and one which reset the standard for animated films (Klaus Ming December 2012).


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This entry was posted on 12/02/2012 by in 1001 List, 1980s, All, Top 100 and tagged .
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