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Program Title: Grave of the Fireflies [Hotaru no haka]
EASC Code: JG-05
Series Title:
Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama, Animation, History
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: DVD & VHS
Director: Isao Takahata
Producer: Toru Hara
Release Date: 1988
Running Time: 88 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "It is post-war Japan, just weeks before American troops arrive for occupation. In the city of Kobe, a boy lies dying in a train station. By his body lies a small metal candy container. A janitor, not sure what to make of its ashy contents, pitches it into the night. As fireflies float softly around it, the ghostly figures of the boy and his little sister emergeā€¦ Flashback to a short time earlier. Orphaned and homeless from a fire-bomb attack on the city, 14-year-old Seita and his 4-year-old sister Setsuko set out to survive on their own in the face of a society no longer able to help them. Forced into living in an abandoned bomb shelter in the Japanese countryside, they slowly come to realize tha they cannot escape the hardships of war or even find enough food on which to surviveā€¦ Based on an original story by Akiyuki Nosaka, Grave of the Fireflies takes over your emotions in a way that few films--live-action or animated--ever manage to do. Tragic--Beautiful--Frightfully true-to-life--It is a testimony of the human spirit that shines ever brighter in the face of adversity."
Data Entry Date: 1/24/2000