Grave of the Fireflies

Director: Isao Takahata
Duration: 90 min

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies is an indelible anime about a brother and sister trying to survive during the Second World War.

Caught up in the firebombing of Kobe in 1945, Seita and his little sister Setsuko lose their mother and their home. Unable to contact their father on the frontline, they flee to the country, stealing or begging for food. The societal breakdown that inevitably followed the razing of the cities means they are left truly alone to fend for themselves.

Undeniably sad but stunningly rendered, this animation does not flinch from the true human tragedy of war.

Contains moderate war horror.

Club and Group screenings

Sun 4th Mar 13.30 Studio Ghibli: Vintage Sundays returns this spring with a bountiful Bento Box of Studio Ghibli delights. Subtitled: This show is in the original language and will have English subtitles Vintage Sundays: Classic films back on the big screen where they belong.

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