Grave of the Fireflies

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Shown: January 17, 2013 at 6pm

Director : Isao Takahata

Country : Japan

Release Date : 1988

Duration : 89 mins

Language : Japanese

Subtitles : Yes

Exquisitely drawn and profoundly moving animated film from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli, concerning a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan at the end of World War II.  Parentless and homeless, they are forced to wander the countryside, beset by hunger, American bombings and the self-serving indifference of adults.  One of the great anti-war films.

“There are magical moments of natural beauty and childish delight, too – which only make the tragedy even more harrowing.”  (Steve Rose – The Guardian)