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
Genre History
Network NTV

Hotaru no Haka (火垂るの墓?), better known as Grave of the Fireflies, is a made-for-TV movie that illustrates how war brings out the worst in people. It was later remade for theaters in 2008.


  • 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.



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