Grave of the Fireflies

Theatrical Release: September 4, 2004
DVD Release: September 4, 2004
Grave of the Fireflies


In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four-year-old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children’s lives are as heartbreakingly fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. “Grave of the Fireflies” is a tale of the true tragedy of war and innocence lost, not only of the abandoned young, but of an entire nation.

The DVD includes trailers, English and Japanese with English subtitles, interviews with the writer and director, and much, much more.

Dove Review

I was blown away by this movie; that’s why I gave it 5 doves. I would have to say that it is the best and most moving animated film that I have ever seen. Two young kids first lose their mother in a fire caused by the bombings in the war. Then they both go to live with some really mean “relative” who eventually turns them away and leaves them nowhere to go. They go to live in a shelter built into the side of a hill, but they have no money and they have no food. Then Seita learns that Japan has lost the war and his father’s ship has been sunk. They have now lost their father. Very shortly after he learns of his father, his little sister dies of malnutrition and he cremates her himself. This movie tells about the horrors and casualties of war. It was so sad and so touching. I recommend it to everyone, although it may be too intense and disturbing for very young children.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: D-1
Violence: Because this video is set in the middle of WWII, there are air raids and houses on fire, people running from bombs, people being burned really badly and dying, burying piles of bodies, and the cremation of Seita's dead sister. General war violence, but nothing too graphic.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Male and child cartoon characters taking off their shirts.
Other: None


Company: Central Park Media
Director: Isao Takahata
Producer: Ryoichi Sato
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 88 min.
Reviewer: Kadie Lukens