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Grave of the Fireflies (12A)

23 May

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
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We commemorate the life and work of director Isao Takahata, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, who died on 5 April this year, with this 30th anniversary screening of his most famous work. Set in Japan at the tail end of the Second World War, the film follows teenager Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, struggling to survive after their mother dies in the firebombing of Kobe. A harrowing depiction of the tragedy of war, this classic anime is also a moving tale of suffering and loss.

If you thought Bambi or Up were as emotional as animation gets, you need to see this Japanese masterpiece.

★★★★★ The Guardian
  • Director Isao Takahata
  • Cast Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi
  • Running time 1h29m
  • Certificate 12A: contains moderate war horror
  • Year of production 1988
  • Country Japan
  • Language Japanese with English subtitles
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