Saturday, February 03, 2007

Grave of The Fireflies

Grave of The Fireflies, is a Studio Ghibli film about World War II, and the effect it had on the comminity in Japan. Its a great movie, I would know, since I just finished it; and no doubt will it not leave an effect on you. Heres the summary:

Taking place toward the end of World War II in Japan, Grave of the Fireflies is the poignant tale of the relationship between two orphaned children, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko. The children lose their mother in the firebombing of Kobe, and their father in service to the Imperial Japanese Navy, and as a result they are forced to try to survive amidst widespread famine and the callous indifference of their countrymen (some of whom are their own extended family members).

The movie was created from the semi-autobiographic novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, who lost his sister due to malnutrition in 1945 during the war. He blamed himself for her death and wrote the story so as to make amends to her and help him accept.

Ah, by the way, there are 9 parts to this movie. If you stick to the same person who uploaded it (ShiningDete), you should be able to view it all. ;_;

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At Feb 4, 2007, 12:09:00 AM, Anonymous katsuhiro said...

i remember this! it was pretty good. kinda sad though.

At Feb 4, 2007, 9:59:00 AM, Blogger Kip said...

Oh. It's a tear-jerker.
Some scenes are just too much too watch.

This with a Barefoot Gen follow-up will leave you edgy, sorry, and depressed.

Good films though. I'm glad you made the reccomendation.

At Feb 5, 2007, 5:20:00 AM, Blogger Rin said...

I cried so much in this film...T.T It was a brilliant story, but I just couldn't take it. I've seen it 5 times now. >XD I actually own this movie.

At Feb 6, 2007, 10:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before I start, I am writing this even if it may not make sense but I feel like I have to get this off my chest. I believe that during World War II Japan's government was corrupt at the time and the civilians suffered because of their system's foolishness.

Now, I admit I haven't seen this movie and I am somewhat reluctant to see it. The reason why I am is because my grandma was born raised in the Philippines during World War II and there have been cases of Japanese soldiers committing war crimes against filipino civilians. I know for some or even many outaku it is hard to stomach, but if you do some good research you will find it to be true. I know my grandma lived long after that (if she didn't I wouldn't have existed) but it still bothers me a little that if she was captured, the Japanese army would have tortured her and killed her in cold blood.

Sorry to leave such a grim comment, but like I said before, I need to get this off my chest. I know that those who suffered from the A-bombing most likely had nothing to do with it, but knowing of possible atrocities committed towards the people of my roots tends to make me believe they deserved it. Deep down in my heart though, I know they didn't.


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