I watched Grave of the Fireflies in the mid 90's and was deeply moved. I watched it again in 2004, then having a 4 year old son, and found it profoundly painful in a way I hadn't before.
A remarkable achievement.
Grave of the Fireflies is a masterpiece and even the most cynical of viewers will be moved by the plight of the doomed siblings in this shocking, tender and devastating story of love and war.
I'm going to compare this movie to Empire of the Sun, as they bear similarity, so spoilers for both The main theme in both of these movies is; suffering. However, in GotF the suffering is mostly by choice. in EotS, Jamie does not choose to suffer and feel alone, he is thrust into a camp and the only choice he is given is to either further his suffering with the chance of reuniting with his parents, or join the pack of other westerners that will most likely lead him down a path of chaos. Seita chooses to isolate himself and his sister from his only living family simply because his aunt did not treat him well, and it ultimately lead to the death of him and his sister. He had a choice to suffer little, or suffer greatly, and he chose wrong. Both of these movies have a different outcome, yet somehow EotS had a more lingering presence in my mind despite the "happy" ending, because you knew he had no choice in enduring what he had to. GotF is still a visually remarkable movie with a dark and depressing story, however I feel as if the choices that Seita made impacted on my enjoyment of the movie. I understand he is only 14 years old and he felt like he could support himself and Setsuko, but everyone has a shitty aunt and if he had just stayed with her he may have survived.
I recommend watching both of these movies close to each other to gain a perspective about both of them, as they are both movies that are great within their own merits.
After watching this the first thing came to my mind was I'm so privileged I hadn't have to live through the horror of a war. Heartbreaking and moving story of two siblings whose love for each other gives us an example how we, people should treat and look after our loved ones. Must see!
before trying to write a couple word for a review, I bother myself reading other people's review which is pretty amazing, considering some people said sobbing after the ending and the other said this movie is boring and looks a bit dull, this however a movie that if you try to look from different perspective will give you different sensation and interpretation also this movie is not intentionally trying to break people's heart after watching it but its rather intended to show how war looks like at microscopic viewpoint of two children who desperately trying to survive in the midst of chaos, separated from their parents whilst witnessing the true horror of war, pretty much war movie is about bloodshed, bullets flying, explosion, warcry, soldier and etc that closely related to war itself but "Grave of Fireflies" wanted to present the audience, the image of how the terror of war impact the very miniscule level of life despite who causes it what reason behind it, or who win who lose. boring or not, sad or not this movie is more than worth watching not just as entertainment but as a remainder that this kind of situation still happens now and we are still fortunate as the audience not as those "two kids"
Watching a pair of children die may be a fantastic plot if you're trying to elicit a strong emotional response, but it doesn't necessarily make for a great movie.
If you read online reviews about this film, the very first paragraph is almost always about how this film utterly devastated the reviewer and left them in an ever-widening puddle of tears. Seriously. Read the comment section of Roger Ebert's review. It practically becomes a crying competition.
Yeah, we get it. 'Grave of the Fireflies' is sad. Unfortunately, that's almost all it is.
Call me heartless, but I quickly grew bored with Setsuko's seemingly infinite capacity for sobbing and whining. Never mind Seita's horrendously bad decision-making skills. And, yes, I appreciate that he's a kid, but the fact that Seita allowed his sister to die of starvation while there was still plenty of money available to buy food just ruined the entire movie for me. You can cite Japanese cultural differences all you like, but I don't think even this can justify Seita's unwillingness to get a job, or endure a snotty selfish aunt, or put his 4-year-old sister's dietary needs before his own.
The greatest movie I never want to see again.
When I watched this I was on the dinner table, I wasn't able to cry there because I was also talking with my family, but later, when I was watching paying attention, the sadness and how brilliant this movie is hit and even remembering now makes me close to crying.
What a terrible pick to watch on Christmas Eve.Many of the comments I've seen have refered to this as one of the saddest cartoons every created.I felt this movie was more depressing and anger inducing then anything, and left me rather drained when the credits rolled around.As always with everything Studio Ghibli, a feast for the eyes from start to finish, but beyond that, a rather staunch and bland adventure.
@majormercyflush I tried to watch it when I was already a father (my daughter should also be about 4 at the time), and I found it too painful and disturbing... I couldn't see it to the end. I never ever felt so deeply moved by any movie.
Another fantastic movie from Studio Ghibli that you'll ever want to watch once. This is a film that aims to hurt, and after watching it, I can't see myself ever wanting to watch it again in the future. I still highly recommend it, but pick a good time that you can fully pay attention to it.
Solid movie, but look stupid if you watch it today!
Tears are still falling...
the only movie ever to make my tears fall
I cried about it, but I don't really like it as the story just doesn't feel right.
It has a bit of story, but it feels rather weak for a Ghibli film and it just doesn't have the excitement or magic of the other Ghibli films :(
This movie is so deep, so profound, I do not only cry every and every time I watch it, but I start to cry just remembering it (idd I'm almost right now).
A very good movie!!!!!! Underrated! But, Ghibli at its best!