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Grave of the fireflies = Hotaru no haka

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In English or Japanese with English subtitles.

Publication Information

Central Park Media,

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (ca. 88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated; contains violence. Parental discretion is advised.


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 heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring.


Title from container.

Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1988.

DVD features: alternate angle storyboards ; trailers.

Bonus DVD features: interviews with director Isao Takahata and author Akiyuki Nosaka ; interview: film critic Roger Ebert ; author biography: Akiyuki Nosaka ; director biography: Isao Takahata ; Historical perspective: commentary by Professor Theodore F. Cook & Professor Haruko Taya Cook ; video restoration documentary ; bonus storyboards ; trailers ; original Japanese theatrical trailer ; art gallery ; U.S. trailer.

DVD-ROM features: script ; additional storyboards ; art gallery ; cast & production credits.

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