Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

  • Dir: Isao Takahata

  • Japan, 1988, 89min, DCP

One of the most powerful emotional experiences that command a rethinking of animation. In the distressing days of World War II, two children are made orphans and homeless by the bombs. The brother recounts the last days with his sister in a hillside cave refuge, trying hard to find tiny pleasures in a candy tin and fireflies’ illumination. In sublime visual poetry and meditative silence, Takahata immersed his own wartime memories into this profound animation, so beautifully sad that inspires tears, while inviting reflection on the cruelty of war.

© Akiyuki Nosaka / Shinchosha, 1988 All Rights Reserved.

1989 Blue Ribbon Award, Special Award
2014 #15 in Time Out London’s 100 Best Animated Movies



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