Grave of the fireflies: the haunting relevance of studio

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"Grave of the Fireflies" did things khổng lồ me that no war-themed film has ever done. It touched me and taught me and moved me in a way that no war film has ever impacted me. It reduced me khổng lồ this shriveled up ball of tears aching, absolutely aching inside at the beauty of the two lead characters, Setsuko & Seita, & the pain they were enduring. Quite honestly, this was one of the most heartbreaking, moving and yet beautifully filmed movies I have ever seen AND I was watching it on this old, battered VHS copy that didn"t nearly bring out the wonders of this film. It still was a brilliant film.I didn"t think it could happen. An anime film that actually held my interest, kept my attention & impacted me? It seemed impossible and nothing had ever really come cthua thảm. Even after all the praise I had read of "Grave sầu of the Fireflies," I found myself cynical at best. Within five minutes, the cynicism melted away & was replaced by complete surrender khổng lồ the lives of these two characters.As directed by Isao Takahata, "Grave of the Fireflies" follows the life of a young boy, Setsuko, & his considerably younger sister, Seita, as they struggle khổng lồ survive during World War II in Japan. I chose to watch the Japanese version, with subtitles, instead of the English dubbed version of this film. The film is often horrifying in its honest & brutal depiction of Japanese society during this wartime with its food shortages, bombing attacks và the general state of crisis in the nation. Wisely, Takahata chose khổng lồ his own society in a frighteningly honest light where people turn against one another when, in fact, they need each other the most. It is sad, just so sad to lớn watch. The style of animation is unlượt thích other anime films I"ve sầu witnessed, & I found it remarkably effective and powerful in the way it portrayed the impact of the war. The role of Seita, voiced by Tsutomu Tatsumày, is the most powerful animated voice performance I"ve ever seen or heard. Tatsumi is simply brilliant in capturing the wide-eyed innocence of this young child...the hopefulness, the absolute trust & faith in her brother. When she cried, I felt her pain...when she laughed, I felt a sense of relief that for a few shining moments she could feel some joy and relief and hope even in the midst of what appeared so hopeless. Tatsumày, quite simply, was stunning in this role.As the older brother bearing the incredible responsibility of caring for his sister, Ayano Shiraishi, also does a magnificent job of capturing a young boy who is faced with an immediate need to become a man. He fights and he protects & he loves so beautifully. If anyone has ever wondered what a real family should look like, one need only watch this film to see the finest example of a brother & sister I"ve sầu seen in film. It brings me lớn tears remembering it.There is no aspect of this film that doesn"t work beautifully...it has, for me, become my favorite in the area of anime and an instant addition to my Top 100 of all-time. The film features an outstanding score, exceptional direction and unique, captivating animation. Most importantly, it features a gentle yet heartbreaking script that captures the most intimate portrait of war ever captured on film.

© Written by Richard PropesTheIndependent Critic




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