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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

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Original title: Hotaru no haka

DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 3, 1998

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Grave of the Fireflies Website

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Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country Japan

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Other Titles
• Grave of the Fireflies (1994)
• Hotaru no haka
• Tombstone for Fireflies (1994)
• Tombstone for the Fireflies (1994)

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Genre: War, Animation, Drama, Anime, World War II, Experimental, Gore, Tragedy, Teenage, Ghosts

Plot: A Japanese boy of 14 and his 4 year old sister, attempt to find refuge from the atrocities of World War II in the small city of Kobe. In post-World War II Japan, a janitor finds beside a deathly ill boy a metal candy container. The janitor unwittingly tosses the possession into the night, beginning a most unusual tale of survival amid war. Brother and sister Seita and Setsuko, ages 14 and 4, respectively, flee their disheveled home and deceased parents to make their bid for a new life. Before American troops begin to occupy their country, the children resort to dwelling in an abandoned bomb shelter in the countryside. Though these siblings later get a sense of safety, they realize necessities such as food and water will not be easy to come by.

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 Directed by
Isao Takahata
Omohide poro poro, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Warriors of the Wind
 Written by
Isao Takahata
Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Warriors of the Wind, Omohide poro poro
Crispin Freeman
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