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From Studio Ghibli, home of Spirited Away, and director Isao Takahata comes this epic animated feature. Originally released in Japan in 1988 but never before available in the UK, G r a v e o f t h e F i r e f l i e s has rightly earned a reputation as an anime classic. Set in Japan during World War II, the film focuses on Seita and his little sister Setsuko. After their mother is killed in an air raid, and with their father serving in the navy, they are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other and their belief that life must carry on. Takahata and his team, including character animator Yoshifumi Kondo (who has subsequently worked on other acclaimed Ghibli films from director Hayao Miyazaki) have created a visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that meditates on the devastating consequences of war and has rightly earned a reputation as an anime classic.
I’m generally unmoved by tearjerkers so it came as big shock to me how much this animation affected me. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lotarugg
According to the five star rating I love this film, well I don't, it's like saying i love a funeral. This is the most harrowing and moving film I have ever watched. Read morePublished 19 days ago by screengazer
Most war films are about the combattants, but this one is about the child victims of war. It is just such an unbelievably overwhelmingly sad film, it's almost unbearable to watch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stefan43
Bought for myy daughter as a xmas pressie. arrived within time said. She loves it.Published 3 months ago by anonymous
A very sad story about a pair of children in Japan during World War II.
A perspective that those who would be prepared to 'rumble themselves forth' into a country and start... Read more
Trying to forget my love for Studio Ghibli here and be objective.
This film is very emotional, and wont fail to touch your heart. Read more
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