Hotaru no Haka

  • Title: 火垂るの墓
    Title (romaji): Hotaru no Haka
    Also known as: Grave of the Fireflies
    Format: Tanpatsu
    Genre: History, Drama
    Viewership ratings: 21.2%
    Broadcast network: NTV
    Broadcast period: 2005-Nov-01
    Air time: 21:00~23:54
    Theme song: Umarekuru Kodomotachi no Tame ni by Bank Band
    Country: Japan

     

  • Grave of the Fireflies

     

    This made-for-TV movie is a sobering tale of how war can bring out the worst in people. The writers added depth to the original Isao Takahata anime which mainly focused on the relationship between a teenage boy and his young sister left orphan during wartorn Japan and forced to find sustenance on their own.

     

    The 2005 version focuses on the growing divide between the teenage boy and the family friend (played by Matsushima Nanako) who initially takes them in after their mother is killed during an air raid. As rice rations grow scarce, the kindly housewife soon turns cold as she has to choose between feeding her sick son or the two orphans.

     

    The movie is in commemoration of the 60 year anniversary of the end of WWII, and at times, is remniscent of a CBS afterschool special. As if the antiwar message isn’t already clear, at the end of this recent version, two of the main characters reiterate the tragedies of war. “Yes my daughter, war is bad. Look at what it has done to these poor kids.”

     

    Well casting, particularly of the little girl, makes the story enjoyable, but viewers might still prefer the original. Still, recent version was one of the highest rated programs of the year.

  • La tumba de las luciérnagas
    La historia comienza en el verano de 1945, en Japón. Después del bombardeo de Kobe, Seita, de catorce años y Setsuko, su hermana menor de cuatro años, quedan huérfanos y se transladan a vivir con su tía a varias decenas de kilómetros de su casa.
    La tía trata mal a los pequeños que se dan cuenta que son un estorbo para la familia y deciden irse de allí. Se refugian en un búnker abandonado en el campo para vivir felices iluminados por la presencia de miles de luciérnagas, pero pronto la comida escasea y comienza la verdadera odisea.

 

 

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