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Grave Of The Fireflies DVD

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In the aftermath of 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. Isao Takahata's rightly revered and thought-provoking anime was winner of a special award at the 1989 Blue Ribbon awards and the Adult's Jury award at the 1994 Chicago International Children's Film Festival.

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Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister struggling for survival in war-torn Japan Their mother has been killed and the whereabouts of their soldier father is unknown They depend on one another to stay alive but gradually they succumb to hunger and for entertainment they watch the light of the fireflies

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, this haunting Japanese anime tells the story of two children, 14-year-old Seita (voice of J. Robert Spencer) and his four-year-old sister Setsuko (Rhoda Chrosite), who are struggling to survive in 1940s war-torn Japan where bombings by American warplanes and napalm attacks are an almost daily occurrence. When their mother is killed in an air raid, and the fate of their Naval officer father remains unknown, the children are left to fend for themselves. After a brief and uncomfortable stay with a cold and distant aunt, who makes it clear that she doesn't want to be burdened with them, they run away and set up home in an abandoned bomb shelter. For a while they find some happiness living on their own with a field of almost magical fireflies to keep them company. But as the rationing of food grows more unbearable, Seita finds it an increasing struggle to keep himself and Setsuko alive.

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