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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka) Reviews

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September 5, 2017
Once seen, this is seared in your heart, deep as your worst relationship break-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 20, 2014
Isao Takahata's masterpiece is one of the most profound anti-war statements ever brought to cinema
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 30, 2013
...a well-made and heartfelt drama that's just not as engrossing as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 11, 2013
Such odd hopefulness, flitting around a child, mixed with the overwhelmingly sad, pervades Isao Takahata's film. And all around Seita and Setsuko, nature, in the face of human destruction and tragedy, persists in its beauty.
May 27, 2013
The stylised images suit the simplicity and gravity of a grim story of love, sacrifice and survival in the face of adult indifference and cruelty.
May 24, 2013
We're so used to seeing the human spirit triumph. Here, we're allowed to understand how it might fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2013
There are magical moments of natural beauty and childish delight, too - which only make the tragedy even more harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2013
The idea that "War is Hell" has almost become something of a climatic cliché, but Takahata's film explores this well-worn slogan from new, exciting and harrowing angles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2013
Isao Takahata's powerful anti-war movie is all the more harrowing for the care we invest in its beautifully drawn children.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 15, 2010
Japanimation WWII tragedy the saddest. Cartoon. Ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2010
The ephemeral fireflies, which fascinate the children and accompany them everywhere, become a potent and lyrical symbol of the fragility, brevity and beauty of life.
May 5, 2010
Quivers with every kind of wracking emotion: rage, sorrow, despair, fatigue, and in the end, a tiny measure of hope that perhaps there's something better than this in the next world.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
April 29, 2009
The wonderful lasting mark of a true artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 3, 2008
Takahata's alternately sweeping and intimate animated feature is a moving depiction of the fates of cast-off children who become casualties of war.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 3, 2008
Even though it's not exactly easy to watch the protracted deaths of two children, this is not only one of the greatest anime ever, but also an important (anti-) war film. A moving masterpiece.
April 30, 2007
Very simply the gentlest and most touching war-related film I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 9, 2006
Um retrato sem concessões do horror da guerra e de suas conseqüências não apenas sobre a sociedade, mas sobre indivíduos comuns. Emocionalmente devastador.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2005
... a beautiful lament and a moving tribute to the people we rarely consider when we think about World War 2: those Japanese who suffered for the crimes of their leaders.
Read More | Original Score: A
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