Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Grave of the Fire-Flies - I. Takahata, 1988

This tear-jerking story of two orphaned children in World War II Japan, under frequent US bombing, would most likely have been totally insufferable if filmed in any other way but literally and figuratively wide-eyed anime.

According to Wikipedia, the story is partly autobiographic. You might prefer not to think too closely about that one, though, as the events are absolutely heart-rending, in a H.C. Andersen, 'The Little Match-Girl' kind of way, from opening to closing credits, yet in some unfathomable way not Disney-sickening or off-putting at all.

Keep your hankies close by while watching.

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