Grave of the Fireflies


Two children, Seita and his little sister Setsuko, are at the centre of this deeply moving anime classic from Studio Ghibli, set in Japan during World War II.

“Isao Takahata’s masterpiece is one of the most profound anti-war statements ever brought to cinema.” – Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine

After their mother is killed in an air raid, and with their father serving in the navy, the children are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other and their belief that life must carry on. Director Isao Takahata creates a visually stunning and emotionally powerful film that meditates on the devastating consequences of war. (Dir. by Isao Takahata, 1988, Japan, 89 mins, Rated PG)