This achingly sad anti-war movie is one of Studio Ghibli's most profoundly beautiful, haunting works. In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita (voice of Tsutomu Tatsumi) and his four-year-old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children's lives are as heartbreaking and fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. Grave of the Fireflies is a tale of the true tragedy of war and innocence lost, not only of the abandoned young, but of an entire nation. Written and directed by Isao Takahata. (Fully subtitled)

Director:

Isao Takahata

Cast:

Voices of Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 29mins

Release Year:

1988

Country Of Origin:

Japan