SHOW: Monday, February 5, 2018

9 01 2018

TFF Cinematheque



GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (Takahata, 1988, Unrated, 89 minutes) ~ “An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, who also hailed the film as one of the best and most powerful war films.

The film begins after Japan’s surrender at the end of WWII as young Seita dies alone. The rest of Takahata’s animated masterpiece, based on the semi-autobiographical short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, is a flashback revealing how things have come to this moment. Seita spent his childhood in Kobe and was proud of his father who was in the Japanese navy. When he and his sister Setsuko lose their mother after a U.S. fire-bombing raid, the siblings travel to a distant family member for care, but eventually end up navigating survival on their own in a world where food and tenderness are running low.



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