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Warning: this is no fairy-tale and has no happy ending. Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, Takahata's first Ghibli feature follows a teenage boy and his infant sister as they struggle to survive in wartime Japan.
After losing their mother and their home in a fire-bomb attack, the pair gradually withdraw from adult society and find solace in each other as tragedy moves inevitably closer. Inevitably heartbreaking, Grave of the Fireflies shows both the cruelties and joys of the characters' short lives.
Japan 1988 Dir. Isao Takahata 91 min. (In Japanese with English subtitles)