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Hotaru no haka

English Title: Grave Of The Fireflies

Hotaru no haka (Grave Of The Fireflies , Tombstone For Fireflies) (1988) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Hotaru no haka

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  • Feature Length Animated FilmFeature
  • Studio Ghibli, Shinchosha
  • Distributed by: Toho Company Ltd.
  • Cartoon Characters: Seita, Setsuko, Mother, Aunt.
  • Voice Actors: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi.
    English Version: J. Robert Spencer
    , Rhoda Chrosite; Full Voice Cast Full Voice Cast...
  • Directed By Isao Takahata, Norihiko Sudo.
  • Produced By Toru Hara, Ryoichi Sato.
  • Animated By Hideaki Anno, Yoshiyuki Hane, Iku Ishiguro, Kuniyuki Ishii, Megumi Kagawa, Hideo Kawauchi, Masuji Kigami, Noriko Moritomo, Hiroshi Ogawa, Toshiyasu Okada, Reiko Okuyama, Shunji Saida; more Animators More Cartoon Animators...
  • Awards: Special Award, Isao Takahata, Blue Ribbon Awards, 1989, Animation Jury Award, Animated Feature Film, Isao Takahata, Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 1994; more Awards More Awards...
  • Music: Yoshio Mamiya.
  • Editor: Takeshi Seyama.
  • Originally Released on April 16, 1988.
  • Originally Released Theatrically.
  • Running Time: 89 minutes.
  • Technicolor
  • Japan  Japan

Cartoon Summary:


As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller...  (more)

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Alternate Title: "火垂るの墓."

English Titles: "Grave Of The Fireflies" and "Tombstone For Fireflies."

Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, whose own sister died from malnutrition during the Second World War. Reportedly, producer Toshio Suzuki used the original novel to sell...  (more)


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Superb story and unfortunately so realistic.
"Show must go on" could also be another title for this cartoon which depicts so well the final days of two children (brother and daughter), which parents died during a bombing in japan. During this,...  (read more)

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