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Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies
Hayao Miyazaki
Seita~J. Robert Spencer
Setsuko~Rhoda Chrosite



I'd have to say that Grave of the Fireflies is the saddest movie I've ever seen. This falls under one of those not-so-kawaii categories. The movie is about two children that are orphaned by war in Japan. In the first few minutes of the film, you see a teenage boy dying in a train station. When he dies, a jantior comes by and finds a small candy box near him. When he throws it outside, a little girl's ghost pops out and wanders around. Then you see the ghost of the boy meeting her, and they go on the train, into flashback mode. Japan gets air-raided, and the young boy, Seita, and his sister, Setsuko, are running towards the shelter. They don't make it to the shelter, unlike their mother. Seita finds his mother, but she is dying and in a coma, badly burned from the bombs. She dies, and Seita and Setsuko are homeless. At first, Seita and Setsuko go to their Aunt's house and live with her, her daughter and her hustband. After awhile, the Aunt gets nasty, and Seita decides to take his sister and move out. They go into a hill, where there is an abandoned air-raid shelter. In the beginning, things go well for them, but into the movie, the two face problems of getting food. Seita is unable to get food, so slowly, Setsuko wastes away. By the end of the movie, she is delusional (not sure about the spelling...) and there is no hope. She dies, and Seita gives up on life. In the end, you see the ghosts resting peacefully on a bench in a park (by this point, you're also crying your eyes out).

This is one of the best movies I've seen in awhile. The voice cast was excellent, and the art was fantastic. I wish Hollywood would stop producing action films that kill off people left and right, and show more realistic movies, showing how war is not glamorous or fun, but horrible and merciless. I would sugest that parents would show this film to children instead of the new Arnold Swarsenagor (did I mention I failed spelling in school?) movie. Maybe then we wouldn't have school shootings or people killing each other (I'm not blaming any of the school shootings on the media, but it would help to see people their age wasting away in a horrible-painful-no-good-very-bad death). Hayao Miyazaki remains my favorite film producer, with this chilling film of war.

These are some sites that have info and pictures about GotF (I got the opening pic from Tux Ramen's site {thanks ^.^})

Anime World Review

Tuxedo Ramen's Unoffical GotF Site

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