Grave of the Fireflies

Title: Hotaru no haka
Year: 1988
Director: Isao Takahata
Writer: Isao Takahata, based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi
Music: Michio Mamiya
Distinctions: currently #196 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: Japanese orphans starve to death during World War II
Length: 89 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), November 2008
Subjective Rating: 2/10 (Terrible).
Objective Rating: 6/10 (points off for concept, pacing, music and subjective rating) c. 2.9/4 (Good).

It’s a very good movie. It’s also just about the most depressing movie you could make.


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