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Grave of the Fireflies Details

  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2015
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Genres: Animated, Drama, Drama Action/Adventure
  • Director:Isao Takahata
  • Cast:Tsutomu Tatsumi.


Grave of the Fireflies opens on an evening in 1945, after Japan's surrender at the end of World War II; and in a train station, the young Seita dies alone. The rest of the movie tells us, in flashback, how things have come to this. Seita and Setsuko are two young Japanese children growing up in the waning days of World War II. Much to Seita's pride, their father is in the Japanese navy, and they live fairly content lives in Kobe despite rationing and the other privations of war. When their mother dies from burns suffered during an American fire-bombing raid, a distant aunt takes them in -- and conflict eventually forces the children to try to survive on their own. At first, Seita and his little sister enjoy their idyllic lives in the country, but harsh reality eventually settles in as Seita begins to understand the difficulties of taking care of a young child when both food and compassion are scarce. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 2015


Tsutomu Tatsumi
as Seita


Isao Takahata
Stephanie Shalofsky
Toru Hara
Akiyuki Nosaka
Screen Story
Isao Takahata
Takeshi Seyama
Nizo Yamamoto
Art Director
Eiichi Takahashi
Executive Producer
John Ledford
Executive Producer
Yasuo Uragami
Sound/Sound Designer
Yoshifumi Kondo
Character Design
Yoshifumi Kondo
Animation Director
Yoshifumi Kondo
Storyboard Artist
Yoshiyuki Momose
Storyboard Artist
Yoshiyuki Momose
Isao Takahata