Monday, July 4, 2011

365 Movies Day #97 "Graveyard of the Fireflies"

One of the most beautiful pieces of anime I have seen NOT directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This 1988 film is so touching it left me weeping. Basically it's the struggle of two children to survive in Japan during WWII. The trailer you are seeing above is pretty lighthearted. The film is not. If you want a good tearjerker "cartoon", then this is a film for you. If you're put off by anime like "Fist of the North Star" or "Vampire Hunter D", then this is the film for you. They could easily make this into a live-action masterpiece, but there is no need. Isao Takahata created a wonderful film with this one.

Coincidentally, it was Isao Takahata who founded Studio Ghibli WITH Hayao Miyazaki in 1985 giving us such classics as "Castle in the Sky", "My Neighbor Totoro", "Kiki's Delivery Service", "Spirited Away" and "Howl's Moving Castle".


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