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Grave of the Fireflies (Dubbed)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Isao Takahata

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About the Movie

In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four year old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children's lives are as heartbreaking and fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. Grave of the Fireflies is a tale of the true tragedy of war and innocence lost, not only of the abandoned young, but of an entire nation.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 9.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 20, 2006

Fresh: Writer-director Isao Takahata, a frequent collaborator of Miyazaki's at Studio Ghibli, adapted a partly autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, and his handling of the tragic story is masterfully understated. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There are magical moments of natural beauty and childish delight, too - which only make the tragedy even more harrowing. – Steve Rose, Guardian, May 23, 2013

Fresh: The idea that "War is Hell" has almost become something of a climatic cliche, but Takahata's film explores this well-worn slogan from new, exciting and harrowing angles. – David Jenkins, Little White Lies, May 23, 2013

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Customer Reviews

All of the emotions

Great, spectacular, entertaining, engaging, incredible, wow. Soooo tough to watch at times, though. This film really is amazing, but the emotional weight of it all is a tough burden. Worth it, though.

More to come?

I hope that this is the first of many Studio Ghibli films coming to iTunes.

A movie you won’t forget

Love this movie but won’t buy a dubbed version.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Anime
  • Released: 1988

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