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Directed by Isco Takahata

Japan 1988 89 mins.

Helmed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies ranks among the greatest achievements of Japanese anime. The story follows two young siblings as they travel through the war-ravaged Japanese countryside searching for shelter after the bombing of their home and demise of their mother, in a supremely mournful film that calls into question what is sacrificed when nations clash. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert championed the film, calling it “an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation” and adding it to his running list of “The Great Movies.”



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