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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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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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Posted by shanaji 2 weeks ago
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Extremely good and extremely sad.

Posted by RikRocks100 3 weeks ago
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Great movie but a very sad one! I liked how they didn't sugarcoat it! Like the characters but most of all liked the pace the story was going! Even though the movie tells you what's going to happen in the beginning you still wanna see it until the end! 9.5/10

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Posted by classicfeatures 5 months ago
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at the end of the movie i was depressed and mad. depressed because shit happens and its sad. and i was mad because the boy was an idiot, y didnt they go live in the shelter, y didnt he go 2 the navy base and ask 4 help, y didnt he use the money in beginning 2 find a room 2 live in, if he left her alone so much y not try getting a job. every1 says this movie was beautiful, visually it was not, but the story did capture u.

Posted by YourBestie15 6 months ago
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Very sad yet beautiful movie 5/5

Posted by JustTalib 6 months ago
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Fantastic film , the animation isnt much but its like reading a good book. i have to say I will never look at a firefly the same way every time I will think of the little girl and the big brother :(

Posted by Darkangelz 6 months ago
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Very toughing film with a great morale.It's very sad near the end.They just dont make animations like this anymore.War times are always hard on everyone!

Posted by raidmar 6 months ago
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wow, just wow. 10/10

Posted by Ravengal101 7 months ago
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I don't get why people call this film depressing; it's an accurate representation of what life was life for Japanese people during the war. It's not even that graphic. Personally, I think that Isao Takahata even tamed the images. Despite all that it didn't have the kind of impact on me that it had with others. It's a great film yes but not particularly touching because it was predictable. The soundtrack was nice though. 7/10

Posted by long7877 8 months ago
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So sad, I blame the aunt.

Posted by Coolbeansbro 9 months ago
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10/10 First time I ever cried to any movie ever.. I watched back when I was a kid, It was in french, i didn't quit understand what was happening even though I spoke french, Anyways it's simply the best MUST WATCH MOVIE EEVVVERRR O.O k good day :'3

Posted by VF2011 10 months ago
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The Japanese really know how to break the viewer's heart, don't they. Another Japanese film that did that to me was Hachi-ko: http://www.primewire.ag/item.php?id=22202&page=4 USA Version with Richard Gere http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tviehabZz4M Part 1 of 8 Japanese Original version with English sub-titles I was crying for days after watching both versions of Hachi-ko, but THIS film is wonderful too. Definitely a must watch. 5/5

Posted by Relentless113 11 months ago
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Stumbled upon this and decided to give it a try. I LOVED it. Great story. Great characters but very sad and tragic. Highly recommend this movie. 10/10

Posted by XmirijamX 11 months ago
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i didnt watch so closely in the beginning wich i regret, it was a great film and i had a few tears running down my cheeks.. definatly worth a watch, such a sad story! 10/10

Posted by Janapple 1 year, 1 month ago
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one of the best films i have ever seen

Posted by GD420 1 year, 1 month ago ( Edited 1 year, 1 month ago )
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(O_o) It's very sad how war affects the weakest ones in society the hardest...mainly children and old folks who can't work and fend for themselves~: (

Posted by Mr2F4C3 1 year, 3 months ago
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Can't say anything bad about this flick. It's a total, MUST SEE!! Great story

Posted by SweetCookie 1 year, 3 months 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 1 year, 3 months 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 MaMaButterfly 1 year, 4 months ago
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5***** A must see for anime fans

Posted by duncanisme 1 year, 5 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.

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