Review: Grave of the Fireflies

based on the events during ww2 in japan, the story centered at seita and his little sister setsuko in their struggle for survival. they lost their mother in a air bombing while their father was away in the navy (there is no news on his whereabout). later, they stayed with their aunts, and you will witness that war could turns kindness into harsh and often cruel gesture.

when things grew more uncomfortable, seita decides to leave the house along with setsuko. they decide to live inside some abandoned mine, surely freedom of living felt good for a while. but with limited food and cold shelter, soon they would meet their ruthless fate.

beside the good theme and great animation. this movie also packs great characterization, seita character was full with the tenacity, idealism, pride for his country and love for his sister. while setsuko is truly lovable. you will notice some great moments, when the kids play at the beach or when seita catches firefles to light the shelter. also some scenes where silence echoed the animation perfectly.

you know at the very beginning that both of them died. but along the movie, you just can’t help to hope that they would have different destiny. a chance to live and perhaps, happiness in the end.

when the ending credit rolls there is a long silence. and it broke when my wife said “why can’t he just swallow his pride and stay with her aunt? then perhaps his sister would have a better chance of survival…” a regret for the character bleak destiny is underlining her statement.

i wish that too darling. but one thing for sure. i learnt few lesson watching this movie, and i am sure if you have got the chance to watch it. you would learn the lesson as well.

all in all, this movie is utterly poignant. drains you out emotionally as well. but to put it all in words. i have to say that this movie is “beautifully moving”

*from wikipedia:
The story is based on the semi-autobiographic novel by the same name, whose author, Nosaka, lost his sister due to malnutrition in 1945 wartime Japan. He blamed himself for her death and wrote the story so as to make amends to her and help him accept the tragedy.

38 thoughts on “Review: Grave of the Fireflies”

  1. spinkage said: all in all, this movie is utterly poignant. drains you out emotionally as well. but to put it all in words. i have to say that this movie is “beautifully moving”

    It is.Gue nangis bombay nonton film ini. It made me wanting to ensure nobody will suffer from war anymore.

  2. rikigede said: It is.Gue nangis bombay nonton film ini. It made me wanting to ensure nobody will suffer from war anymore.

    waktu kemarin gw nonton lagi (setelah menguatkan diri tentunya) gw ga sampe termehe2 sih rik. cuma abis itu ya gitu deh.. banyak merenung soal perang dan korbannya😦

  3. on the other issue, gue punya DVD the making of-nya, lengkap dengan iklan tivi waktu pertama kali film ini dirilis buat konsumsi bioskop.tapi DVD-nya menghilang entah kemana nih..

  4. yes, gw juga suka sama film ini yash, kocak aja gw liat tampang pilotnya, absurd banget.rencananya sih mau gw bikin semua review keluaran studio ghibli yg gw punya😀

  5. spinkage said: keluaran studio ghibli yg gw punya😀

    kalau begitu gue akan dukung, tapi setelah loe minjemin yg lain ke gue… he he he…Gue ubek2 di Poins Square ngga ada loh yg lain… jadi nyesel dulu ngga ngeborong…

  6. nah, coba di ambas yash. soalnya kemarin gw liat masih banyak kok… kiki’s delivery service, porco rosso, my neighbor totoro, nausicaa. kl di poin square, gw liat malah dikit. tapi gw malah nemu dvd ini😀

  7. rikigede said: anyone interested in watching “tonari no yamada”? – asli lucu dan bikin ngakak abis.japri gue ke rikigede@gmail.com. tar kita ketemuan aja di ambass.

    rik, gw mau. tiap awal bulan sih biasanya gw ke ambas dan selalu lupa japri elo. ingetnya baru nyampe sana gitu.. :Dnanti gw japri deh.

  8. spinkage said: dasar orientalis! :Dversi aslinya lebih fokus ke si tante kan ya?

    yeaaaahhh!! hahhaha!! si tante lucu…yg punya anak lucu juga😛 tapi gak kalah sedih kok…aktor yg jadi anak kecil cwnya keren bgt aktingnya! baguuuss…

  9. wah.. judulnya sama gal? wah.. kudu cari nih… btw.. kl film jepang yang bisa bikin nangis bombay juga itu tuh.. Red Beard nya Akira Kurosawa… waaaa…hiks2 deh *warning: filmnya masih item putih, jadi gak bakalan liat beardnya merah hihi*

  10. spinkage said: wah kynya keren tuh, nonbar film2nya miyazaki… film kartun tp yang nonton bapak2 semuah.. hahahaha

    boleh tu.dimana tapinya? ke’kun?

  11. esduren said: This is the only movie that manages to squeeze tears out of my eyes at every viewing time, no matter how often. A great depiction of humanity.

    indeed. no wonder that critics, including ebert (funny how you could easily spot his name on the dvds sold in lapak2 these days), dare to tag this movie as one of the best war movies : )

  12. hehe, bini gw baru nonton kemarin. nangis sih nggak, cuma banyak rentetan pernyataan2 ga rela kl karakternya mati.. :)btw, sama. gw juga pingin punya adek. eh, anak maksud gw..*amin

  13. eh.. Yan… btw, title posting ini salah… Sorry to break the tears… harus nya ‘of’ … mungkin loe ngetik sambil berlinangan air mata… jadi ngga jelas ‘t’ atau ‘f’

  14. waktu itu, salah satu dosen inggris masangin film ini sebagai hiburan setelah ujian tengah semester.. wah awalnya dipikir, asyik!! nonton animasi jepang.. ternyata.. film ini telah berhasil membuat 35 orang terdiam dengan dada sesak, tenggorokan tercekat nahan nangis..

  15. dartz said: gue gak kuat nonton ini untuk kedua kalinya, merinding, dan menangis.. bisa2x…

    abis itu nonton totoro dong. kaya double feature aslinya😀

  16. hehe, rumornya sih seperti itu.kl nyari di ebay, kalopun ada, biasanya mahal ndi. kl nggak ya yg versi kompilasi, jadinya jatohnya muahal pake banget.

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