Set shortly after the end of World War II, Grave of the Fireflies is a moving tale of two children, Seita and Setsuko, whose parents are killed in the conflict; their mother in an air raid and their father in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy. The two must depend on each other to survive amidst the turmoil, famine and heartless indifference of their countrymen, with their only moments of joy coming from the light of fireflies. A powerful, harrowing film with a strong anti-war message at its core.
Director Isao Takahata Cast Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Japan 1988, 1h29m, subtitles, 12A: Contains moderate war horror
Japan’s renowned animation house Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since 1985 with beautiful hand-drawn feature films. Following the enthusiastic response to our short season of Miyazaki films last summer, GFT is excited to bring a larger selection of the studio’s films to the big screen in 2016, to coincide with the release of When Marnie Was There, Ghibli’s new and reportedly final film. Immerse yourself in superlative animation and breathtaking storytelling this summer at GFT. All films will be in their original Japanese with English subtitles unless otherwise stated.