Anime Classics Part 2
Grave of the Fireflies
+ intro by Alex Dudok de Wit, author of BFI Film Classics: Grave of the Fireflies
Hotaru no Haka
Studio Ghibli’s anti-war masterpiece is a stark but beautifully made classic.
With the voices of
Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara
Japan 1988. 89min
Brother and sister, Seita and Setsuko, are left homeless after their village is bombed in 1945, and they’re forced to find ways to survive with few resources and little hope. A true masterpiece, this is a devastating and unexpected piece that doesn’t pull any punches in its depiction of a country at war, and of a family desperate to stay together at all costs.
See another screening of this film.