Grave of the Fireflies- May 26th

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Japanese- War Drama
Not Rated
Runtime- 88 min.
dir. Isao Takahata

I was referred to this movie by way of the flick I watched back in January called The Little Norse Prince.  They share the same director, and a lot of the same style choices.

Story/Writing: 2/2

A deep, heartfelt story about a young man who must care for his sister during WWII.  Taking place on the Japanese homeland, the emotional feeling of the film is mostly grim, but there are bright spots.

Acting: 1.5/2

The principal voice actors are really good, but there is a lack of emotion in a lot of the ensemble.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Really good sets design, but a lot of the overall strength comes from the color choices.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

A very cool animation style.

Misc: 1.5/2

A great film that is complimented by very good design and style choices.


A must see for any fan of Japanese animation or WWII dramas.

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3 Responses to Grave of the Fireflies- May 26th

  1. jonesyjoe says:

    did you feel like god took a dump on your soul too.

  2. jonesyjoe says:

    haven’t seen that one yet it’s on the list though. the one thing I didn’t like about this movie was how manipulative it is. The guy who wrote it pretty much said he wanted to make this film to show how bad their parents and grandparents had it after WWII. so sometimes it’s sad for sadness sake and after awhile it wears itself thin.

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