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Grave of the fireflies : Hotaru no haka

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Originally produced as a motion picture in 1988 in Japan and in an English version in 1992.

Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka.

DVD features: anamorphic widescreen format; alternate angle storyboards; trailers; English & Japanese with English subtitles. Bonus DVD features: interviews with director Isao Takahata and author Akiyuki Nosaka; interview with Roger Ebert; author biography; director biography; historical perspective: commentary by professors Theodore F. Cook & Haruko Taya Cook; video restoration documentary; bonus storyboards; trailers; original Japanese theatrical trailer; art gallery; U.S. trailer. DVD-ROM features: script; additional storyboards; art gallery; cast & production credits; and more!

Two orphans in war-time Kobe, Japan, face fire-bombs, hunger, homelessness, and despair as the war and their lives come to an end.

DVD ; Widescreen.

Contents: Hotaru no haka.

Community Reviews


It is a semi-autobiographical animated version of Akiyuki Nosaka's novel Grave of the Fireflies. It may be animated but it is very emotional and well done. You honestly forget that it is a "cartoon" and are drawn in harshly into the world of two orphaned children during WW2.


I didn't even finish this movie, it was so sad and touching!! I cried a lot!!!!! T_T

Amazing, but Sad

This great anime film is a masterpiece. This movie will show you the effects of war on daily life and societies.

Grave of the Fireflies

Extremely moving and emotional movie. It really makes you think about the effects of war on societies and their children.

Grave of the Fireflies

A sad but true movie. The first time I watched this I was sobbing, the second time, still sobbing. It is truley a masterful film, full of emotion and truth. The effects of war show through this heart breaking movie and will bring you to tears. Churning with emotion. An anime must-see.

Beautifully sad

A true masterpiece. This extremely emotional animation captures the true essence of the human cost of war. Male or female, emotional or total stoic, this movie will make you cry, guaranteed.

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