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Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese animated movie based on a semi-autobiographical short story of the same name. The movie follows a Japanese teenager and his little sister as they become separated from their parents during the bombings of World War II. The children’s struggle for survival and how they were left to fend for themselves without adult assistance reflect the tragedy of war - how it hurts the people it claims to protect and turns people away from each other.
The movie was widely acclaimed as one of the best war movies of all time, one of the saddest movies ever, and the animation that launched Ghibli Studio into the world stage. It will tug at your heartstrings and prompt a serious reflection on your life values. The contrast between the children’s unyielding optimism and love for each other and the ruthless war surrounding them creates a poignant picture that is hard to forget. This masterpiece on the fragility of life will move you to live for the present, to cherish and love life with all your might.
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