Grave of the Fireflies
Classic / Foreign Language / Drama / War / Animation
Director: Isao Takahata
Running time: 93 mins Released: 24th May 2013
About Grave of the Fireflies
A powerful film about the cost of warfare told from the perspective of two young siblings that is a far cry from Studio Ghibli's more cheerful work. In the final months of World War II, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko become separated from their mother during an American bombing raid on Kobe. They are reunited later but their mother has been severely burned and dies soon after. The children go to stay with their aunt. Despite giving all of their food to her and selling their mothers' possessions, their aunt feels resentful that Seita and Setsuko cannot be of more use, and they leave to make it on their own. While they feel a sense of freedom in living in the open air, their hardships continue.