Directed by Isao Takahata in 1988 (exit 8 years later in France), “Grave of the Fireflies” (Hotaru no Haka) is one of the first animated films from Studio Ghibli, and it is also his first film having been an international success. It is suitable for a new Akiyuki Nosaka.

Here is a preview of the film collector's box. This set includes the film edition 2 DVD including more film, un making of, a documentary and an interview with Isao Takahata. This set also includes a booklet 32 pages comprising essentially images of the film and the storyboard. finally, This box contains the new “The Grave of the Fireflies” d'Akiyuki Nosaka,. Everything is in a cardboard box of very good quality.

Good now go to the movie. Here is the synopsis of the film, for those who would never have seen, or heard :

In the Japan of World War II (the story takes place in the summer 1945), two children, denomination (teenager 14 years) and his younger sister Setsuko (who has 4 years), are left to themselves after the death of their mother, following the massive bombing in the firebombing of Ka ?? be the United States. Seita tried in vain to contact their father, military, and go to live with their aunt, but she told them to eat it takes work. Seita starts working for his aunt, but that does not him. Also, Seita and Setsuko leave and take refuge in an abandoned bunker. This shelter is illuminated at night by thousands of fireflies. The problems keep coming : the food runs out, Setsuko tombe malade… Seita starts to steal food. (Source : Wikipedia)

Magnificent, Poignant, Moving,… So many words can describe the qualities of this film.

For those looking for a joyful movie, humorous or hope : go your way. This film is a great sadness, although the start (except the introduction) does not suggest. The vast majority of people who will see it the first time can not help crying or having a tear to the eye so this film is poignant. The film arrives so well transcribe the emotions and sadness of the two children that we can not help but have the same reactions they. And this is not the age of the film (which just over 19 years, its Japanese release dated 16 avril 1988) which will reduce the qualities of this film, on the contrary, I find that it has not aged.

I have only one thing to say to those who have not seen : run the rent, buy,… Finally, try to find a way to see it because it is worth seeing (finally, avoid anyway to see if you are in a deep depression ^^ it does not help you).