Movie Review: Grave of The Fireflies (1988)
Plot Summary: Two siblings named Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive during the final months of World War II.
My Review: One of the best things about this film is the main characters Seita and Setsuko. Seita’s character is heartbreaking to watch as he is forced to grow up too soon to care for his younger sister Setsuko. Besides being very brave, he is the kindest brother toward Setsuko when he creates happy moments.
Setsuko is the sweetest little sister whose innocence is marred by the cost of war. Both characters loving nature toward each other is wonderful and sad to watch.
Another great aspect of the film is how the firefly is used as a metaphor for innocence. It is woven throughout the film in beautiful scenes as well as sad ones. It makes the film memorable and haunting for the viewer.
In addition, the soundtrack provides a poignant atmosphere for the film. It touches the viewer’s heart and lets you feel what Seita and Setsuko are feeling. Like the firefly metaphor, it is the most noticeable during certain moments.
Overall, this was a lovely and sad film to watch. If you enjoyed films like Schindler’s List, then see this film with some tissues.