Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
This is a truly depressive film but you cannot help but admire its beauty. I have always been a fan of Studio Ghibli and they show off their excellence as animators in this film 😀 . The narrative is captivating and pulls at your heart strings for the two children Seita and Setsuko. The film shows the horrors of war through these two children’s eyes and parts are awful to watch (in a good way). A part of me didn’t like the fact that what happens to main characters is said straight away as it makes you a little detached from the start. I couldn’t involve myself in the tale as I knew what would happen (knowing beforehand that this tale would be depressive). However, though I have to admit the film worked by doing it this as it made the truth of war more real and created very emotional moments (Get tissues 😛 ). I hated the aunt (when you see her you will know what I mean!) though I do get why she is there. Loved the bitter sweet ending as it was beautiful and loved the scene with the fireflies in the “tent” 😀 . A great film that you will probably only see once but it is worth it 😛 . Enjoy 🙂
I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!