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Year: 1988
Original Title: Hotaru no Haka
Length: 89 minutes
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Distributor: Studio Canal
Age rating: Suitable for 12 years and over
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: May 24 2013

United States: October 14 1994


Ranking: 1,495 out of 16,356 movies (up 553)

Ranked #261 in list 'The best movies ever'


9.3 by 23 users


At the end of 1945, with the 2nd World War near to the end, Japan is under constant bombardment by the United States. Seita and Setsuko are two sons of a Japanese naval officer, have 14 and 5 years respectively. One day, the city of Kobe is bombed. During that bombing they fail to arrive on time to the bunker where his mother is waiting for them. then they start searching, finally found in the school, which is being used as a hospital. His mother is seriously injured. Ghibli critically acclaimed film, but this film isn't directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is Isao Takahata who directed this war movie, who also directed the popular TV series' Marco, from the Apennines to the Andes'.