Japan, 1988, 89 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Isao Takahata, Rated PG-13, GKIDS, Japanese with English Subtitles

Grave of the Fireflies

Friday, 6/24 through Sunday, 6/26

"An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Widely considered one of the best animated films of all time, Grave of the Fireflies is arguably director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata’s magnum opus. Based on Akiyuki Nosaka’s 1957 semi-autobiographical short story of the same name, it tells the story of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, and their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of World War II. Nosaka, who received many offers to create a film version of his story, was surprised that Takahata was interested in an animated version but concluded that the story could be told in no other medium. Indeed, Roger Ebert said, “Animation allows Takahata to concentrate on the essence of the story, and the lack of visual realism in his animated characters allows our imagination more play; freed from the literal fact of real actors, we can more easily merge the characters with our own associations.”

As a follow-up to our MIYAZAKI! Ghibli's Master of Japanese Animation festival last summer, this year we're expanding to the best the medium has to offer with a new festival, Anime: Japanese Gems taking place June 24-30, 2016.

For the hardcore fans, an $80 festival pass will be available that grants admission to all films.
Order your series pass and receive an exclusive commemorative Anime: Japanese Gems lanyard with limited edition anime buttons.

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Check out the rest of our Anime: Japanese Gems program!