Grave of the fireflies movie review

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But even though it's the Americans dropping the bombs in this film, there is no overt anti-American message. Seita then begins to tell the story of how they got there.

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It emphasizes that war is society's failure to perform its most important duty: No movie ever made generates such an intense and powerful emotional response as this one.

Using their illusion skills which they must re-learn after having forgotten themthey stage a number of diversions including industrial sabotage. Certainly it was sad, and arguably depressing, but I've read this movie compared with 'Saving Private Ryan'.

Probably two thirds of the movie takes place in gorgeously drawn, tranquil rural or urban settings, with an almost pleasant dreamlike quality - even when the American bombers are flying overhead at one point there is a surreal, almost serene sense to it - and there are plenty of moments of happiness to offset the undeniably sadness and frustration of other scenes.

This leads him to make mistakes: It is the death of youthful innocence; the sunset signaling the start of a long, dark night. But with all these too-good-to-be-true stories, there has to be some consequences.

Seita loves his little sister, and once he discovers that his mother has been killed in the bombing, he does everything he can to keep his sister from finding out about her horrible death. However, that's just the way we'd think: After the fire ceased the siblings made their way to a tree, where they were to meet their mother who had gone to the bomb shelter.

The animation is fantastic and colored beautifully. Then, with typical Japanese seriousness, he begins to immediately provide for and comfort Setsuko; she being the only member of his immediate family he has left. No, Setsuko and Seita aren't fighting in the war - they're fighting the effects of the war.

However, things turn for the worse as food becomes scarce and Setsuko becomes sick with malnutrition.

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

That which truly broke my heart into ten thousand tiny pieces was the selfless way Seita looked after his younger sister, and shielded her from the horrors all around, especially the lack of food. Chihiro is chastised and harassed by her superiors because she is a human, so she experiences racism firsthand.

Another group desperately attempts to gain media attention through television appearances to plead their case against the habitat's destruction. This is possibly one of the most beautiful, yet totally sad stories ever committed to film. In the beginning they exhibit a healthy tone, with Setsuko in particular showing rosy cheeks.

Some would say that Fireflies is an amazing anti-war film due to the palpable pain from losing loved ones in war. Biological description[ edit ] Unlike some other fireflies, the females of Luciola are fully winged. Though not stated in the film, it seems obvious that part of Seita's motivation for looking so carefully after his sister has to do with avoiding his own pain and despair having been left with NOTHING after the bombing attack.

Chihiro, the now-friendly No-Face, and the many faceless spirits simply sit on the train, waiting for the sixth stop. The visually beautiful but realistic animation offers no fantasy heroics, no talking-animal sidekicks, and only the merest comfort actually a whole new level of poignancy all by itself when the deceased brother and sister meet again as spirits.

Would this story have been equally as affecting if it had been told using live-action, not animation. Seita does makes some mistakes in the way he goes about taking care of his sister, but I can't fault him for his love and his devotion.

In an effort at re-establishing respect for the supernaturalthe group stages a massive " ghost parade " to make the humans think the town is haunted. Viewer discretion is advised, due to some intense war scenes.

It simply tells a story: Unfortunately, that's not the case. In an early scene the colors are bright and vibrant, reflecting the sunny day with only a few white, puffy clouds in the sky. In typical Studio Ghibli fashion, there is a sense of innocence to the subject matter at hand.

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

The adults of the typical Luciola are similar to those of Atyphella which was formerly included in this genus. When American bombardment destroys their home and kills their mother, the two children move in with an unwelcoming aunt, Seito keeping the awful truth from Setsuko as best he can.

Grave of the Fireflies has so much to recommend it, and with the opportunity coming to see it on a big, shining screen, I strongly advise taking a look. Flickering Myth Rating – Film.

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Star I finally stopped crying and decided to write this review (my first movie review) and typing these words thinking about the movie brought tears into my eyes again.

I'm a pretty tough guy and I rarely get emotional, but boy did this. Grave of the Fireflies opens on an evening inafter 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 97%.

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