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Grave of the Fireflies [Blu-ray] [1988]

  • SKU: 6698105
  • Release Date: 11/20/2012
  • Rating: NR
$17.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (49 out of 50)

    Special Features


    • New English dub
    • Storyboards for Grave of the Fireflies
    • Deleted scenes storyboards
    • Japanese theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Grave of the Fireflies
    Grave of the Fireflies opens on an evening in 1945, after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II; and in a train station, the young Seita dies alone. The rest of the movie tells us, in flashback, how things have come to this. Seita and Setsuko are two young Japanese children growing up in the waning days of World War II. Much to Seita's pride, their father is in the Japanese navy, and they live fairly content lives in Kobe despite rationing and the other privations of war. When their mother dies from burns suffered during an American fire-bombing raid, a distant aunt takes them in -- and conflict eventually forces the children to try to survive on their own. At first, Seita and his little sister enjoy their idyllic lives in the country, but harsh reality eventually settles in as Seita begins to understand the difficulties of taking care of a young child when both food and compassion are scarce. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


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      Tsutomu Tatsumi - Seita



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      WWII survival story

      Posted
      Dval
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      Genre: Drama Length: 1.5 hours. "As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and now cast adrift in a world that lacks not the care to shelter them, but simply the resources. Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth, their doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares. Beautiful, yet at times brutal and horrifying." As artwork, it definitely deserves a 5 star rating. Emotionally riveting in relating to human behavior and a stark reminder of the horrors of war. As for personal enjoyment, though, I just wasn't as interested. The beginning was the end and the rest just explained how it came to be. Had a feeling of what was going to happen once Keita and Setsuko moved out of their aunt's house. Thought more would be made out of their mom's ring as well since it seemed to have some impact early on. Perhaps it was just the bleak, doomed future that I didn't want to accept as an ending? The humanity of the characters was spot on as well. Most notably with Setsuko. Wanted to get annoyed at her a couple times and then realized that she's acting exactly as my nieces or other children I know act at that age. Character portrayal in "Grave of the Fireflies" is amazing. The graphics are quite well-done considering they're from remastered from a 1988 movie. Definitely a masterpiece. The environments always seem to reflect the characters throughout. Indoors, it's always a bit melancholy and toned-down. However, if the windows are open or they're outside, the feeling lightens up considerably. Of course, the further things progress...it doesn't matter where they are. English cast did a good dubbing. Of course, there's really only three characters that have multiple scenes to talk in. Extras: You've got the storyboard version of the movie #black & white picture outlines with audio#, two deleted storyboards, and trailers. Couldn't bring myself to rewatch the movie in the storyboard version. Had heard about this title a bit in the past but had never been one to look for it. Ended up picking it off the shelf at one of the local Best Buys while I was browsing all the anime. I can't say that I'll watch it again, but I think everyone should watch it at least once.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unsung Hero of the Ghibli Catalog

      Posted
      LogalogHoward
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      Isao Takahata is my favorite director of Studio Ghibli's and an integral part of why they are the best animated movie company in the world. He is responsible for masterpieces such as Princess Kaguya and Only Yesterday, but Grave of the Fireflies might just be his best and most profound movie. It is one of my personal Ghibli favorites, up there with When Marnie Was There. It might be a little slow for the younger kids but middle school and high school age could appreciate it as well as adults. You know what's going to happen but there is a beauty in the way it is told that allows you to be completely transported to this situation and captivated throughout the entirety of its run time. Give it a watch and be blown away by the beauty in its simplicity.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tragic but amazing

      Posted
      Jenny

      This movie completely defies is medium as an animated film to become what i believe to be on of the most powerful statements about the effects of war on civilians that has even been commited to the screen. The film opens with the final scene and we are then brought back to the day of the firebombing in tokyo at the end of world war 2. The two main characters, ages (approx) 12 and 5 are orphaned, sent to live with an aunt and later find themselves completely alone and forced to survive on their own. While I very highly recommend this movie, i don't see why best buy has listed it as "suitable for children"... not all cartoons are for children and while some children may be deeply touched by this as I was, I think you should watch it alone before showing it to any children. You will not regret seeing this movie and you will never forget it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Film

      Posted
      Mattalion

      Just fantastic. It's an animated movie that doesn't involve talking animals, fantasy themes or adolescent humor. The plot is up there with any oscar nominated drama, and in some cases much better. It takes place in Japan during WWII - when the U.S. was bombing it. But it bypasses any political statements by using two siblings, one in his mid to early teens and the other a grade school, child and showing viewers what they endured. Anyone who likes a powerful story should watch this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This is not an anti-war movie

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      best
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      To American audiences this movie might feel a anti-war, and it's OK to feel that way. Though it feels that way, it wasn't the point and the author meant for it to be more of a "be grateful for what you have" message to Japanese youth born after the war. It's still a sad movie either way you take it and it's sort of a wonder that this is a Ghibli movie. Even funnier that it was a double-bill with Totoro when both were in Japanese theaters. Let that sink in.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Grave of the fireflies a Master piece

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      shadow6243
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      love this movie the first movie I ever saw from Studio Ghibli this movie is about Seita who has to raise his younger sister Setsuko after their mother dies in an American firebombing they go to live with their aunt who doesn't want them with her so Seita and Setsuko go to live in an old bomb shelter Seita and Setsuko rely completely on each other and struggle against all odds to stay together and stay alive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      OMG!!

      Posted
      cherryblossomfox

      This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It puts you right in the middle of the lives of two children that, after much debate, decide to live on their own after their parents are killed. It is such a sad movie if you have ever experienced any kind of hardships with war, family, or other personal difficulties. The story is great, the animation is fantastic, and if it weren't for the tears in my eyes, I would continuously watch this movie over and over again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

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      Kimberly
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      I've always been fascinated by japanese anime movies especially the classic ones. Grave of the fireflies is one of those simple and straighforward stories. This particular one is nothing too dramatic and simply portrays the life of people involved in a time of war and suffering. It was a good movie, maybe not something you would thoroughly enjoy but definitley something you would appreciate.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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