Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Studio Ghibli’s anti-war masterpiece is a stark but beautifully made classic.

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. 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.

1988 Japan
Directed by
Isao Takahata
Produced by
Ryoichi Sato
Written by
Isao Takahata
Ayano Shiraishi, Tsutomu Tatsumi
Running time
90 minutes

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