Rent Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

4.2 of 5 from 195 ratings
1h 30min
Rent Grave of the Fireflies (aka Hotaru no haka) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
  • General info
  • Available formats
Synopsis:
Set in Japan during World War II, the film focuses on Seita and his little sister Setsuko. After their mother is killed in an air raid, and with their father serving in the navy, they are forced to fight for survival in the devastated Japanese countryside. Food and shelter are scarce, and even their own relatives are too concerned with their own survival. All they have is each other and their belief that life must carry on.
Directors:
Producers:
Toru Hara
Voiced By:
Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Shannon Conley, Crispin Freeman, Dan Green, Amy Jones, George Leaver, Corinne Orr, J. Robert Spencer, Nick Sullivan, Veronica Taylor
Writers:
Akiyuki Nosaka, Isao Takahata
Aka:
Hotaru no haka
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Anime & Animation
Countries:
Japan, Anime & Animation
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/07/2007
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Full storyboards of feature
  • Interview with director Isao Takahata
  • Japanese release promo - Feature interview with director Isao Takahata and writer Akiyuki Nosaka
  • Isao Takahata biography
  • Akyuki Nosaka biography
  • Bonus storyboards
  • Dvnr featurette – Video restoration
  • Featurette
  • Art gallery
  • US trailer
  • Japanese trailer
  • Interview with film critic Roger Ebert
  • Historical perspective documentary
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/07/2013
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English, Japanese
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Interview with Director Isao Takahata
  • Japanese Release Promo Featuring Interview with Director Isao Takahata and Writer Akiyuki Nosaka
  • Deleted Scenes Storyboards
  • Interview with Film Critic Roger Ebert
  • Historical Perspective Documentary
  • Trailers

Rent other films like Grave of the Fireflies

Reviews (4) of Grave of the Fireflies

Must-see but depressing Japanese animation set in wartime. - Grave of the Fireflies review by PV

Spoiler Alert
22/05/2015

One reviewer says this is not a film for 'the little ones'. I absolutely disagree - hiding bad things from children is silly. War exists and kids could and should watch this film (force feeding them pink fluffy fantasies of the world is wrong IMHO).

Anyway, this is a very depressing movie - all about Japan towards the end of World War II. It works not because of wonderful animation (which looks basic in parts) but because the characters are so well-drawn. It is utterly believable.

One thing that impressed me was the was the writer of the story was prepared to show Japanese people in wartime being horrible and nasty, even to their own people and families. It destroys the myths promoted by both East and West.

It's a sad film but that does not mean adults or children should avoid it. Quite the reverse, actually - people of all ages need educating about things like this because so many are so ignorant.

If you want gormless dumb fantasy cartoons to rot your brain there are plenty to choose from. This movie makes you think. Brave for the story to develop as it does - no Hollywood studio would ever allow such a thing due to that old obsession with a happy ending and heroics!

Good too that it has both subtitles AND dubbing into English if you want - the film is from 1988; the English version from 1998.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Grave of the Fireflies - Grave of the Fireflies review by SP

Spoiler Alert
05/08/2015

Marvellous animation spoilt by American dubbing. Is the subtitled version available in this country?

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Collateral damage.. - Grave of the Fireflies review by CB

Spoiler Alert
17/08/2017

When countries go to war, the forces know what to expect, how to cope with traumas as best they can. The public of the country attacked don't have this resilience built-in, and their world is turned upside down, inside out and lives lost called collateral damage. This film is wonderful- capturing the foulness of wars and it's effect on joe public.

Rent it and shed a tear or three.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Help & support

Find answers to frequently asked questions and contact us should you need to

How It Works

See prices and levels and find out how Cinema Paradiso service works

Friends for Films

Invite your friends to join and get free subscription each month