|This article is about a/an film in Grave of the Fireflies.|
|Grave of The Fireflies (2005 TV Film)|
|A movie for Grave of the Fireflies|
|Release date November 1, 2005|
- Theme song: Umarekuru Kodomotachi no Tame ni by Bank Band
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.
- Nanako Matsushima as Hisako Sawano
- Hoshi Ishida as Seita Yokokawa
- Mao Sasaki as Setsuko Yokokawa
- Tsuyoshi Ihara as Genzo Sawano
- Mao Inoue as Natsu Sawano
- Jun Kaname as Yoshie Sawano
- Mayuko Fukuda as Hana Sawano
- Narumi Iihara (飯原成美) as Yuki Sawano
- Shota Horie (堀江晶太) as Teizo Sawano
- Katsuhisa Namase as Toshiyuki Yoshioka
- Junkichi Orimoto as town council chairman Obayashi
- Hideo Takamatsu as the rice shop man
- Mansaku Fuwa as the farmer
- Rei Okamoto as Motoko Matsui
- Yasunori Danta as Eisaku Matsui
- Ikki Sawamura as Kiyoshi Yokokawa
- Yui Natsukawa as Kyoko Yokokawa
- Keiko Kishi as Natsu Mitsumura
- Akira Kubo
- Original writing: Nosaka Akiyuki
- Screenwriter: Yumiko Inoue
- Producer: Ken Murase (村瀬健)
- Director: Toya Sato
- Music: Kan Sawada