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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka): A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

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Ratings: IMDB: 8.5/10 Metascore: N/A RT: 97%
Released: April 16, 1988
Runtime: 89 mins
Genres: Drama Animation Japanese War
Countries: Japan
Director: Isao Takahata
Actors: Crispin Freeman Dan Green Shannon Conley Veronica Taylor

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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) Comments

Posted by MovieAddict15 5 years, 7 months ago
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The absolute best movie you never want to see again. It was so absolutely amazing, but so heartbreakingly sad that I don't think I can bare to watch it ever again. 10/10

Posted by poison_gurl 5 years, 2 months ago
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Movies like this are what make you realize the seriousness of a War. All the destruction is just so unbearable! Loved this movie its so beautiful and heart touching... cried my eyes out watching it =(

Posted by Archronos 5 years, 3 months ago
+6 | +6 / -0

I'll never watch this movie again. I just can't afford to cry that much one more time. This was pure emotion. It just makes me want to be a better man so that the things i saw in this movie (and it was actually reality during WW2) never happen to anyone ever again. Especially innocent children. Puts every tragedy i ever saw to shame.

Posted by MixxDy 4 years, 10 months ago
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5/5 Such a good movie but so sad... :( I can't even look at this page without my heart breaking a little...

Posted by keztigger 3 years, 5 months ago
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great film made me cry, but it was the story line that did it for me. A war film though the eye's of a child. Must watch 10/10

Posted by OnlyMint 3 years, 5 months ago
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I cried watching this, I have seen it about 2 or 3 times. It is a very memorable film that really gets in your head and make you think about the horrific tragedies war can bring. It's up there with one of the greatest war films including Schindler's list. Although it's animated it doesn't fall short on anything.

Posted by markessex 4 years, 5 months ago
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It's breathtakingly beautiful. And completely heart wrenching. Never has a movie moved me to my core and shattered my heart like this movie did. It is the best movie you never want to see again. 10/10

Posted by MrAll 4 years, 9 months ago
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5 stars....probably the best or 1 of the best animations ever made ......I'd understand if people cried...because this movie is really heartbreaking ...but I just couldn't ...I never cry haha

Posted by Etthy 3 years, 3 months ago
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Incredible movie...believe it or not im still a bit teary after finishing watching it...its just so powerful...amazing movie a must watch for anyone who has a heart...10/10

Posted by reapernight 3 years, 6 months ago
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an amazing film about how war affects people, a must watch but be prepared it may make you cry

Posted by MsBloo 3 years, 10 months ago
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wow, this movie was just so depressing. I was in tears at the end,literally. And to think that this is what people went through back in the day during the war. A brilliant movie no a masterpiece....11/10

Posted by hahnahe 4 years, 10 months ago
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I cried and didn't stop until it ended. Oh my gosh it reminded me of what some childs had survived or died, without shelter, parents, siblings, food... and there is still people who are dying just like that, if they survive today the might not tomorrow until they find help. I pray for them to have peace at the hereafter go to paradise, and have peace in this world. Amen!!! good movie it is so touching 5/5

Posted by Huschow 5 years, 9 months ago
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one of must-see movies. Sadness will conquer your heart 5/5

Posted by YourBestie15 2 years, 4 months ago
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Very sad yet beautiful movie 5/5

Posted by SweetCookie 3 years, 1 month ago
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This is a wonderful movie. It touched me right from the beginning. Great animation,music and story line. If you're a big cry baby like me you will most likely end up crying when you watch this movie. Don't let this discourage you this is an excellent watch. 10/10 P.S. I hated the aunt!

Posted by surajp333 3 years, 1 month ago
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No movie has affected me so much as this one has. It exemplifies the horror that the civilians in Japan had to go through. Given the background that this is based on a true story of the writer who went through the same trauma and wrote this one as an apologetic tribute gives food for thought. I called up my little sister in the night after watching this one.. Lol!! One of the best from the stable of Studio Ghibli. Its a sin for anime fans to give this a miss! 10/10.

Posted by duncanisme 3 years, 3 months ago
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This was a pretty phenomenal movie. It does a great job of showing some of the postwar experience in Japan. Many people forget that anime does take the real and somber route from time to time. This is a wonderful example of how anime can be much more than the display of fantasy that the mainstream population thinks it is.

Posted by kisses16 3 years, 7 months ago
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very touching and inspiring. complete brilliant. all i did is to cry the whole time im watching it.

Posted by Alexa2168 3 years, 10 months ago
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such a heartbreaking movie :"( ... but a very great story-line 5/5 overall

Posted by rad061867 3 years, 11 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

This was such an interesting story that you forget that it's animated. It is sad and makes you think of how ugly war is and its impact on everyday civilians who are just trying to survive through the aftermath. 10 scale, I give it a 9.

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