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Thursday, July 16, 2009

火垂るの墓, Grave of the Fireflies



I watched this animation when i was 8. It is an anime so powerful, so moving that it permanently etches images into my memory. Too bad i cant recall much of the story now but i do remember this. Erm...what we call that actually? If you'd watched the anime before sure you'll knew that this "whatever you like to call it" haf some interesting story behind it.


Copy paste from the web.....a little bit of the plot synopsis.
Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living in wartime Japan. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with relatives. Having quarreled with their aunt they leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. While their father's destiny who was a soldier is unknown the two must depend on each other to somehow keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. When everything is in short supply, they gradually succumb to hunger and their only entertainment is the light of the fireflies


The life version of the anime had been around for quite sometime edi. It was filmed in 2005 by Japan NTB in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.


The movie is approximately 2 hours and 28 minutes long. I havent watch the movie yet so i cant do much review about it. Visit their main web if you are interested. A DVD version with english translation is already on sale. Get it if you want or save ur money by streaming it at YouTube.



Roll over here for more photos during the filming and movie reviews.
http://www.ntv.co.jp/hotaru/
http://www.hotarunohaka.jp/

Grave of the Fireflies is a movie that you don't want to watch when you're in the mood for anything light or frivolous. Likewise, it's not a movie that you would want to show at an animé fest unless you want to clear the room with everyone in tears. However, it is an excellent movie and is well worth seeing, but at the same time it is not a movie that you will want to watch often.

I wonder where they found that kid. Quite alike to the anime character(a little)...What you think?

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