Thursday, May 3

Repertory Series ArchiveA Tribute to Takahata

Grave of the Fireflies

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(1988) dir Isao Takahata [89 min; DCP; in Japanese w/English subtitles)
At the climax of WWII, as a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, teenage Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, are forced to fend for themselves. Their doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares. Beautiful, yet brutal and horrifying in equal measure, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES has been universally hailed as an artistic and emotional tour de force.

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

“Isao Takahata’s masterpiece is one of the most profound anti-war statements ever brought to cinema.” – Movie Mezzanine

“The idea that ‘War is Hell’ has almost become something of a climatic cliché, but Takahata’s film explores this well-worn slogan from new, exciting and harrowing angles.” – David Jenkins, Little White Lies

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