in about 100 words or less
Japan 88m, Colour
Director: Isao Takahata; Cast: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi
Grave 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).