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In post-World War II Japan, a janitor finds a deathly ill boy lying beside a metal candy container. The janitor unwittingly tosses the possession into the night, beginning a most unusual tale of survival set amid the atrocities of war in the Animé GRAVE OF FIREFLIES. Brother and sister Seita and Setsuko, ages 14 and 4, flee their disheveled home and deceased parents to make their bid for a new life. Before American troops begin to occupy their country, the children resort to dwelling in an abandoned bomb shelter in the countryside. Though these siblings later get a sense of safety, they realize necessities such as food and water will not be easy to come by.
Isao Takahata - DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER
"...Powerful imagery....Japan's award-winning 1988 animated feature is like a 1-2 combination to the gut..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 09/11/1998 USA Today, p.4E
"...So filled with painterly beauty that you cannot look away..." - 10/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.63
5 stars out of 5 -- "Charting their journey through the ruined landscape, Isao Takahatas powerful anti-war movie is all the more harrowing for the care we invest in its beautifully drawn children." - 05/14/2013 Total Film