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Grave Of The Fireflies (Blu-ray + DVD) [1988] [Region A]

 Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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  • Producers: Yoshio Mamiya
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008LU8O8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,226 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, this haunting Japanese anime tells the story of two children, 14-year-old Seita (voice of J. Robert Spencer) and his four-year-old sister Setsuko (Rhoda Chrosite), who are struggling to survive in 1940s war-torn Japan where bombings by American warplanes and napalm attacks are an almost daily occurrence. When their mother is killed in an air raid, and the fate of their Naval officer father remains unknown, the children are left to fend for themselves. After a brief and uncomfortable stay with a cold and distant aunt, who makes it clear that she doesn't want to be burdened with them, they run away and set up home in an abandoned bomb shelter. For a while they find some happiness living on their own with a field of almost magical fireflies to keep them company. But as the rationing of food grows more unbearable, Seita finds it an increasing struggle to keep himself and Setsuko alive.

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A Japanese boy of 14 and his 4 year old sister, attempt to seek refuge from the atrocities of World War II in the small city of Kobe. In post-World War II Japan, a janitor finds a metal sweet container beside a deathly ill boy. The janitor tosses the canister into the night, unwittingly beginning a most unusual tale of survival amid war. Brother and sister Seita and Setsuko, flee their disheveled home and deceased parents to make their bid for a new life. Before American troops begin to occupy their country, the children resort to dwelling in an abandoned bomb shelter in the countryside. Though these siblings later get a sense of safety, they realize necessities such as food and water will not be easy to come by. This stunning and emotional film comes from the studio that made SPIRITED AWAY. ...Grave of the Fireflies

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why do fireflies have to die so soon?" 10 Nov 2008
After seeing the 'ghosts' at the beginning of the film, you assume that effectively knowing the end is going to spoil it in some way - but it doesn't. The film fills in the gaps and shows us the very human story of two siblings fighting for survival during the Second World War in Japan.

This isn't a film for very young children as the message would probably get lost, and some of the imagery might be a bit distressing - it's meant to be. This is a film with a simple story, but dealing with complex relationships and politics. You long for young Seita and his sister Setsuko to triumph in a situation beyond desperate, and though many of the scenes are very emotional - it doesn't stop them from being tremendously beautiful.

This is one of only a handful of films I've seen set during a world war where the 'other side' has been shown. It's important to remember that there is suffering on all sides during a war, and that children often suffer the most. The two children at the focus of this film could be of any nationality - and that's what is important.

I had to force myself to watch this through to the end - not because it's a bad film - but because it's so good. It really affected me emotionally and I watched most of the last thirty minutes with tears in my eyes. The little girl really reminded me of my youngest daughter and even now when I think back to the film I start to feel quite emotional. It's not often that a film hits you like this one can - this isn't one of the best films I've seen recently, this is one of the best films I've seen ever. The moment I realised what was in the Fruit Drops tin which was tossed aside as rubbish at the beginning of the film, my heart sank and I burst into tears.
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quietly beautiful, saddening film 26 Aug 2004
This is a film apart from any other Ghibli film I have seen. Where as Miyazaki films (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) are fantastical, this film is very much grounded in the gritty reality of our resent past. Set at the end of World War II it is the harrowing story of 2 children facing life in a war-ravaged Japan. Make no mistake, this film is not typical Ghibli escapism. The grim realities of war are never sugar coated, this film pulls no punches.
The characters are just as grounded in reality as the setting. There is no idealised hero here. Seita is a boy struggling with responsibilities no child should face, he strives to look after his sister as best he can in a situation beyond his means to control. This film is all the more powerful because of the real characters. The cold reaction of people to the children's misfortune is uncomfortable to watch, but probably more real than we would care to admit.
Even with such a grim subject matter it still manages to be beautiful and even magical in places. I'd be lying if I said this was my favourite Ghibli film, but very few animated films have emotionally affected me as much as Grave of the Fireflies.
Recommended with a sad heart.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciate The Futility of War. 22 Jan 2006
By tonto
I personally have never seen a film quite like this one. Without wanting to sound overly emotional, this is absolutely gut wrenchingly beautiful and will have the watcher in tears of joy and tears of sadness on innumerable occasions from start to finish.
The film itself deals with the facts of war and doesn't get bogged down by any hint of a political agenda; it is about individual, innocent lives effected/caught up in the theatre of war. Quite simply it is a story about a brave young lad (Seita) who is forced (for whatever reason) to care and do the best he can for his enchanting little sister (Setsuko); share with them their losses, hopes, fears and as a previous reviewer put it appreciate the futility of war. The futility of war permeates throughout the movie, quite frankly when I think of this film I feel deep anger and deep sadness and with it a sprinkle of affection towards the two heroes Seita and Setsuko....not many films have been able render these fellings in me quite like 'Grave of the Fireflies'.
Highly recommended.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Why do fireflies have to die so soon?" 27 May 2005
I am not an anime expert or anything close to that; I have only watched a couple of series and another couple of movies in this genre. Maybe that is why in my mind I had classified the genre as one that is based mainly on action, usually involving swords or guns and vast amounts of blood. This is one of the main reasons why my curiosity was highly piqued when people recommended this movie to me and I read about its topic. After watching it I was instantly convinced that I had just experienced one of the most successful attempts at conveying the consequences war has on innocent people. In this case the effect is magnified by the fact that the sufferers are children.
In the year 1945, close to the end of World War II, Japan is being bombarded through air raids. A young boy named Senta and his little sister, Setsuko, have to run to the shelter and in the process they get separated from their mother. When they finally find her again she is seriously injured and does not last long in her attempts at survival. Now the kids only have an aunt to support them and guide them through the turmoil. But the grownup performs this task with little enthusiasm, so the children are basically left to survive by themselves. That is when we get to see the power of love between the siblings, and the contrast with the disinterest of the rest of the people in the village regarding the well-being of the kids.
I am sure that this is one of the great masterpieces of the genre, since it presents a whole array of emotions, running from despair to hope without limits, through its excellent script and crafty graphics. In my case it will probably serve as a benchmark to rate all other future anime dramas in the future. If you have never watched any anime and are trying to decide where to start, I guarantee you that there is no better place than right here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very sad and poignant
This is possibly the saddest animated film of all time, both in its content and the feelings it evokes, but it is an important one in conveying the horrors that war does upon... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joshua
4.0 out of 5 stars recommended, thank you
item as described, quick delivery, recommended, thank you!!
Published 18 days ago by Debra Hercules
5.0 out of 5 stars Grave of the fireflies dvd
Yet another great film from the studio ghibli series. I enjoyed the film though it was a little sad a very touching story. Read more
Published 25 days ago by steven quayle
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a truly moving film. I watched the ...
This is a truly moving film. I watched the live action version and it broke my heart.
try to find it at any cost.
Published 27 days ago by old groaner
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
A breath-taking film, will make you cry!! It has got to be one of the best animated films of all time!
Published 1 month ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should watch this film ...........
I gave this film 4 stars. It has all the hallmarks of Ghibli's high quality animation. I struggled with the words "liked" & "loved" as it is more of an experience... Read more
Published 2 months ago by IRENE LITSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
To be honest I'm no anime fan however having thoroughly enjoyed Spirited Away several years ago I thought I would give this a go. And wow!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. Pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but never again!
I watched this film once but never will I get thru it again. It is, as many others have said, beautifully animated, wonderfully observed and expertly crafted. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. M. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ghibli
These films are so clever in that they are favourites with both adults and children. Small people love the graphics and characters and adults see the underlying messages.
Published 3 months ago by Jo Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars harrowing.
I should have read the reviews before I bought it. It is a terribly sad story about a boy and his little sister who did not die in the atomic bomb blast which killed their mother,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Esther G
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