Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

By Isao Takahata

  • Genre: Anime
  • Release Date: 1988-04-16
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1h 28min
  • Director: Isao Takahata
  • Production Company: Nihon TV
  • Production Country: Japan
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 9 Ratings


In the aftermath of a World War II bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside. To Seita and his four year old sister, the helplessness and indifference of their countrymen is even more painful than the enemy raids. Through desperation, hunger and grief, these children's lives are as heartbreaking and fragile as their spirit and love is inspiring. Grave of the Fireflies is a tale of the true tragedy of war and innocence lost, not only of the abandoned young, but of an entire nation.




  • Subtitled please

    By FrankenBeirstein
    I appreciate that many folk enjoy dubbed films. Is it that difficult to have both? Thank you. A haunting and sad story but so beautiful.
  • Beings back your humanity.

    By AngelF97
    My all time favorite movie. I tear up every single time. We are currently facing a situation like this is war breaks between North Korea and U.S.A so this home on your subconscious.
  • Emotional

    By Peaches Gorley
    I remember I was really young in elementary school, probably 3rd grade, and my mom didn't realize this movie was as serious as it is, she just thought it was a cartoon so it'd be funny. She rented it for me and I watched it, and I remember crying so much because it was so sad. I recently rewatched this and recognized its power and how moving it is. I definitely would recommend this movie to anyone who likes more serious and emotional Animes, or movies centered around the historical WWII era. Just, don't let your young kids watch it haha
  • Best Movie!!

    By Asdtr
    Nice movie
  • Where's the Japanese-language version???

    By lmbrace
    Fantastic and heart-breaking, showing the forgotten victims of war. A 5-star movie ruined by dubbing.
  • A beautiful and tragic story of 2 children

    By Texasnicoli
    I have seen many films, and this is by far my favorite. Towards the end of WW2, Japan was attacked by the US, creating problems for the Japanese. Seita and Setsuko lived with their aunt but left do to her awful attitude towards them and her stealing their food for her and her own family. The 2 children begin to survive on their own, and because food is hard to come by and nobody would sell any to them, they have to survive. They had money, but nobody would sell food which is why Seita never bought any, and that's something people who watched this were very ignorant about since war shortened the people's supplies. Seita wasn't prideful or stupid, he just couldn't get any food since it was unavailable and they couldn't go back to their aunt because she likely wouldn't have let them come back. This was a beautiful and sad film that must be seen by everyone.
  • Beautiful Movie

    By Piano Gurl!
    This movie is what I think the best Studio Ghibli movie ever! It just brings out all your emotions from sadness to hatred for war. The music is beautiful and just adds to the effects that the movie will leave on you. I highly recommend this movie to anyone, young and old!
  • Haunting and Beautiful. A Masterpiece

    By flunky2k
    This movie certainly redefines the boundaries and emotions you would ever expect from a anime film. As emotional and moving as any drama. Unflinching in the moments the characters suffer. Unflinching in the callousness and fragility of society and humanity. There is no shock or suddenness. But simply patient pathos and tragedy. Weakness, desperation, indifference, and inequality are subtlety laid bare for the viewer to form their own reactions and relations.
  • Incredible Movie

    By *Heartless Dark Cloud*
    This movie is amazing and it should be in your movie library without any doubt. Pay attention to the intro of the movie (first two minutes) because it's a key for the story.
  • Great movie, well made...

    By Matti Jay
    I was hoping this movie would appear in the iTunes catalog. And I'm so glad I got my hands on this one. "Grave of the Fireflies" is, so far, the only Studio Ghibli film I purchased off of iTunes. This English dubbed version is really good. However, the subtitles do not match with the spoken dialogue (probably because the subtitles were taken from another English dub or the original Japanese version). Anyway, this movie has decorative backgrounds and character designs. And everything is very emotional too. The process of how Setsuko and Seita tried to survive the air raids, and the independent living after several days of being with their aunt's. Very emotional. But the only thing that's missing is the original Japanese audio track. If iTunes goes and makes a Ghibli film available, a Japanese audio track is supposed to be added so audiences can hear the film in its original language and compare two language tracks. But other than that, "Grave of the Fireflies" is a really good movie. Yes, I hope Apple releases all Studio Ghibli films in the catalog because this one is the only I could find so far. One time, Miyazaki's "Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro" was on iTunes until it vanished. I hope Disney and Studio Ghibli allow all these films to be released digitally. It's time to bring these films back. And also, "From Up on Poppy Hill," "The Tale of Princess Kaguya," "When Marnie was There," and "Only Yesterday" should be added.