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Aro Recommended Grave of the Fireflies


aka: Hotaru no Haka
Japan 1988, 88 minutes
Dir. Isao Takahata
In Japanese with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Cult, Family / Anime, War

Topics: Studio Ghibli.


Aroview: Modest 'classic' of Japanese anime that tells the story of two children caught up in the devastating fire-bombing of Kobe in WW2.

Amid the civilian chaos, bereft of home and family, they try to eke out an existence with relatives, then by living in a cave and scavenging for food. Told as an intimate drama of suffering innocence, this has been hailed by some(including Roger Ebert) as a great anti-war statement.

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DVD Features

  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: widescreen
  • 2-disc set

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