GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
HOTARU NO HAKA
1988, GKIDS, 89 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata

This stark drama, adapted from Nosaka Akiyuki’s semiautobiographical novel, is one of Studio Ghibli’s greatest achievements. Left to fend for themselves after their home is firebombed during the closing days of World War II, teen Seita and his 5-year-old sister Setsuko struggle to survive. “An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.” – Roger Ebert


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