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Grave of the Fireflies (movie)

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©1988 Akiyuki Nosaka/Shinchosha Co.

Alternative title:
Die letzten Glühwürmchen (German)
Eldflugornas grav (Swedish)
Graf van de Vuurvliegjes (Dutch)
Grobowiec świetlików (Polish)
Hotaru no Haka (Japanese)
La tomba delle lucciole (Italian)
La Tumba de las Luciernagas (Spanish)
Le tombeau des lucioles (French)
O Túmulo dos Pirilampos (Portuguese)
Túmulo dos Vaga-lumes (Portuguese)
Una Tomba Per Le Lucciole (Italian)
Могила светлячков (Russian)
火垂るの墓 (Japanese)
螢火蟲之墓 (Chinese (Taiwan))
반딧불의 묘 (Korean)
Genres: drama
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: On the final days of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his four-year-old sister Setsuko are orphaned after their mother is killed during an air raid by American forces in Kobe, Japan. After having a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency funds and rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko must struggle to survive their hardships as well as those of their country, which is on the losing end of the war.
User Ratings: 4673 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 2138 votes (sub:1447, dub:522, ?:26, raw:23, edit.dub:4, others:116
32 Spanish subtitled
18 German dubbed
12 Portuguese subtitled
11 French subtitled
10 Spanish dubbed
6 Italian dubbed
4 Italian subtitled
3 German subtitled
3 Polish subtitled
3 Russian dubbed
3 Spanish edited dub
2 Arabic dubbed
1 Catalan dubbed
1 German edited dub
1 Slovak subtitled subtitled
1 Turkish Sub subtitled
1 Arabic subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 Finnish subtitled
1 Turkish subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
 Excellent: 1033 votes (sub:719, dub:245, ?:18, raw:9, edit.dub:3, others:39
8 Spanish subtitled
5 Italian dubbed
4 French subtitled
4 Spanish dubbed
4 Russian subtitled
3 Polish subtitled
2 Hungarian subtitled
2 Portuguese subtitled
2 German dubbed
1 Czech subtitled
1 Mandarin dubbed
1 Russian dubbed
1 Finnish subtitled
1 French dubbed
 Very good: 655 votes (sub:422, dub:192, ?:12, raw:4, others:25
6 Portuguese subtitled
5 Spanish subtitled
4 Italian dubbed
3 French subtitled
2 French dubbed
2 Spanish dubbed
1 Polish subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 Mandarin edited dub
 Good: 392 votes (sub:246, dub:127, ?:3, raw:1, others:15
2 German dubbed
2 Spanish subtitled
2 Italian dubbed
2 Russian dubbed
2 Spanish dubbed
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 Polish subtitled
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
 Decent: 166 votes (sub:113, dub:47, ?:3, others:3
1 Russian subtitled
1 Swedish subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
 So-so: 107 votes (sub:78, dub:24, ?:1, edit.dub:1, others:3
2 Polish subtitled
1 German dubbed
 Not really good: 52 votes (sub:38, dub:12, others:2
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
 Weak: 51 votes (sub:36, dub:15)
 Bad: 29 votes (sub:16, dub:11, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish dubbed
 Awful: 14 votes (sub:8, dub:4, others:2
1 Vietnamese subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
 Worst ever: 36 votes (sub:27, dub:9)
Seen in part or in whole by 7054 users, rank: #86 (of 9525)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.694 (Excellent−), std. dev.: 1.8211, rank: #116 (of 9642)
Weighted mean: 8.654 (Excellent−), rank: #112 (of 9642) (seen all: 8.67 / seen some: 7.00 / won't finish: 5.04)
Bayesian estimate: 8.651 (Excellent−), rank: #28 (of 7315)
Running time: 88 minutes
1996-06-19 (France)
2007-05-15 (Mira 5tv Zapotlan el grande, Mexico)
2017-07-20 (Señal Colombia - Colombia)
Premiere date:
1988-04-16 (Japan, released as a double bill with My Neighbor Totoro)
2000-11-05 (Indonesia, Jakarta International Film Festival)
2002-12-14 (Czech Republic, Olomouc Animation Film Festival)
Release dates: We have 25
Opening Theme:
"Setsuko and Seita" by Michio Mamiya
Ending Theme:
"Futari" by Michio Mamiya
Links: We have 5
Trivia: We have 8
DVD Easter Eggs: We have 1
Based on the partially-autobiographical book of the same title by Akiyuki Nosaka. The novel won the Naoki Award for literary achievement.
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Blu-ray (Region A)
    Grave of the Fireflies - Remastered Edition (Blu-ray) 2012-11-20 (from $74.97)
    Grave of the Fireflies - [SteelBook] (Blu-ray) 2020-02-11
Blu-ray (Region B)
    Grave of the Fireflies [UK] (Blu-ray + DVD) 2013-05-27
DVD (Region 1)
    Grave of the Fireflies (DVD) 1998-10-07 (from $62.21)
    Grave of the Fireflies - [Collector's Series] (DVD) 2002-10-08 (from $54.26)
    Grave of the Fireflies (DVD) 2004-12-07 (from $60.99)
    Grave of the Fireflies (DVD) 2009-07-07 (from $42.91)
    Grave of the Fireflies - [Remastered Edition] (DVD) 2012-03-06 (from $45.96)
DVD (Region 2)
    Grave of the Fireflies (DVD) 2004-08-23
    Grave of the Fireflies (DVD) 2007-07-23
    Grave of the Fireflies [Widescreen Edition] [Sub] (LD) 1993-08-18

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Isao Takahata
Screenplay: Isao Takahata
Storyboard: Yoshiyuki Momose
Music: Michio Mamiya
Character Design: Yoshifumi Kondō
Art Director: Nizo Yamamoto
Animation Director: Yoshifumi Kondō
Original Novel: Akiyuki Nosaka
Sound Director: Yasuo Uragami
Director of Photography: Nobuo Koyama
Executive producer: Ryoichi Sato
Producer: Tōru Hara

Additional Music: Masahiko Satoh
Animation Check:
Eiko Yabuki
Naoshi Ozawa
Assistant Animation Director:
Natsuyo Yasuda
Yoshiyuki Momose
Assistant Art Director: Katsu Hisamura
Assistant Director: Norihiko Sudo
Color design: Michiyo Yasuda
Dolby Stereo Consultant: Mikio Mori
Editing: Takeshi Seyama
Editing Assistant: Hiroshi Adachi
Line Producer: Shinichirō Ueda
Planning: Ryoichi Sato
Production Desk: Naoyuki Oshikiri
Sound Mixing: Hisanori Ooshiro
Special Effects: Kunji Tanifuji
Technical Assistant:
Mamoru Murao (Josai Duplo)
Masanori Michiie (Stack)
Yoshiro Saito (Stack)
Theme Song Performance: Amelita Galli-Curci
Japanese companies
English staff
English cast
ADR Director: Steven Foster (Sentai dub)
Translation: Neil Nadelman
Executive producer:
Eiichi Takahashi (Sentai Filmworks)
Joey Goubeaud (ADV re-release)
John Ledford (ADV re-release; Sentai Filmworks)
John O'Donnell
Toru Iwakami (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
ADR Producer: Peter Bavaro
Art Manager: Larry Koteff (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Audio Engineer: Brent Marshall (Sentai dub)
BD Authoring:
David Williams (Sentai re-release)
Joel McCray (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Blu-Ray Menu Design:
Larry Koteff (Sentai re-release; 2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Dubbing Supervision: Anthony Salerno
DVD Authoring:
David Williams (ADV re-release)
Neal Barnes (Sentai re-release)
DVD Coordination: Eric Thomann
DVD Menu Design: Larry Koteff (ADV re-release)
Graphics: Larry Koteff (Sentai re-release)
In-House Production: Justin Sevakis
In-House Production Manager: Tim Werenko
Media Coordinator:
Janice Williams (ADV re-release; Sentai re-release)
Mix Engineer: Bill Donnelly
Mixing: Christopher Bourque (Sentai dub)
Packaging Design:
Larry Koteff (ADV re-release; Sentai re-release, 2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Product Manager: Pooja Amin (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Crystal Ruiz (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Janice Williams (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Joey Goubeaud (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Son Phan Le (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Production Assistant:
Alexandra Bedford (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Bryson Baugus (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
E.W. Rector, III (Sentai re-release; 2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Jessica Williams (Sentai re-release)
Kayla King (Sentai re-release)
Luke La Padula (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Mariana Valverde (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Ned Gayle (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Ryan Anthony (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Production Coordination: Janice Williams (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Production manager:
Joey Goubeaud (ADV re-release)
Son Phan Le (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
QC Manager: Crystal Ruiz (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Sound Design: Christopher Bourque (Sentai dub)
Subtitle Timing: Dwayne Jones (Sentai re-release)
Subtitling: Neal Barnes (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Supervising Translator: Jennifer Challenger (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Technical Assistant: Michael Olesch (Sentai re-release)
Adam Gibbs as Seita (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Corinne Orr as Setsuko
Rhoda Chrosite as Setsuko

Amy Jones as Aunt
Emily Neves as Setsuko (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Marcy Bannor as Aunt (Sentai Filmworks Dub)

Andrew Love as Train Station Worker 1 (uncredited)
Crispin Freeman as
Old Man
Shelley Calene-Black as Mother (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Veronica Taylor as Mother

Blake Shepard (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
David Matranga (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
David Wald (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Justin Doran (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Luci Christian (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Rob Mungle (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Samuel Roman (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
Susan Koozin (Sentai Filmworks Dub.)
English companies
ADR Production: Skypilot Entertainment
Audio Post Production: Laughing Dog Studios
Disc Production: Sentai Studios (2020 Sentai BD SteelBook)
Image Entertainment (LaserDisc)
Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
Optimum Releasing (UK)
Section23 Films (North America; 2012)
DVD Premastering & Menu Design: Resolution
DVD Production: Amusement Park Media (ADV re-release)
Internet Streaming:
HIDIVE (Subtitled & Dubbed)
The Anime Network
Licensed by:
ADV Films (expired; 2009)
Central Park Media (expired)
Sentai Filmworks (2011)
Production: Seraphim Digital (Sentai dub)
Subtitles: Captions, Inc.
Video Post Production: Magnetic Image Video
French staff
French cast
French companies
Canal +
Ciné Cinema Famiz (from January 2009)
Virgin 17
Distributor: KAZÉ
Dubbing: Libra Films
Spanish staff
Spanish companies
Dubbing Director: Azucena Díaz (Catalan dub)
Executive producer:
Hilel Chelminsky (Zima Entertainment)
Jorge Gabarró Frau (Selecta Visión)
José Luis Puertas (Jonu Media)

Mixing: Ferrán Mosquera (Catalan dub)
Subtitle Supervisor: Nadia García Díaz (Selecta Visión)
Subtitler: Fabián Sierra (Jonu Media)
Buzz Channel (Spain)
Canal CinemaPlus (Latin America)
Canal Encuentro (Argentina)
Canal Plus (Spain)
Canal RCN (Colombia)
Canal UCR
Cinema + (Colombia)
Señal Colombia (Colombia)
TV3 (Televisió de Catalunya)
Babilla Ciné (Colombia | Theatrical; DVD and Blu-ray)
Jonu Media
Dubbing Studio:
Dubbing Films (Barcelona, Spain; Catalan dub)
DVD Distribution: Babilla Ciné (Colombia)
Internet Streaming:
Anime Box (Spain)
Canal RCN (Colombia)
Código Animé (dubbed)
Filmin (Spain)
Netflix (Spain)
RTVCPlay (Colombia)
Señal Colombia (Colombia)
Wuaki.tv (Spain)
Licensed by:
Jonu Media (Spain)
Selecta Visión (Spain; 2012)
Zima Entertainment (Mexico)
Theatrical Releaser: Babilla Ciné (Colombia)
Spanish cast
Albert Trifol Segarra as Seita (Catalan dub; Spain dub)
Azucena Martinez as Setsuko
Hugo Rodriguez as Seita
Núria Trifol as Setsuko (Catalan dub; Spain dub)

Azucena Díaz as
Aunt (Spain dub)
Tieta (Catalan dub)

Adriana Rodriguez as Mother
Antonio Pujós as Doctor
Carmen Calvell as Mare (Catalan dub)
Cristal Barreyro as Nen (Catalan dub)
Francesc Alborch as Obayashi (Catalan dub)
Gal Soler as Policia (Catalan dub)
Guillermo Rojas as Doctor
Joaquim Sota as Hodger (Spain dub)
Jordi Pineda as Hodger (Catalan dub)
Julia Chalmeta as Neighbor (Spain dub)
Maria Rosa Guillén as
Mother (Spain dub)
Veïna (Catalan dub)
Salvador Campoy as Obayashi (Spain dub)
Italian cast
Italian staff
Dubbing Director:
Gualtiero Cannarsi (ed. 2015)
Massimo Còrizza
Translation: Francesco Prandoni

Gualtiero Cannarsi (ed. 2015)
Massimo Còrizza
Dubbing Assistant: Silvia Ferri (ed. 2015)
Dubbing Engineer: Lorenzo Ciarlantini (ed. 2015)
Mixing: Christian Polini (ed. 2015)
Chiara Fabiano as Setsuko (ed. 2015)
Corrado Conforti as Seita
Leonardo Caneva as Seita (ed. 2015)
Perla Liberatori as Setsuko

Alessandra Chiari as Vedova (ed. 2015)
Beatrice Margiotti as Mother
Chiara Oliviero as Vicina (ed. 2015)
Cristina Poccardi as Madre (ed. 2015)
Elio Zamuto as Medico (ed. 2015)
Emidio La Vella as Negoziante (ed. 2015)
Gianluca Solombrino as Inquilino (ed. 2015)
Giulia Franceschetti as Cugina (ed. 2015)
Massimo Còrizza as Policeman
Oliviero Dinelli as Obayashi (ed. 2015)
Paolo Lombardi as Poliziotto (ed. 2015)
Pierluigi Astore as Fattore (ed. 2015)
Toni Orlandi as Contadino (ed. 2015)
Wladimiro Grana as Addetto (ed. 2015)

Alessandro Ballico (ed. 2015)
Andrea Di Maggio (ed. 2015)
Antonio Angrisano (ed. 2015)
Barbara Villa (ed. 2015)
Carlotta Pescuma (ed. 2015)
Carolina Zaccarini (ed. 2015)
Cristina Piras (ed. 2015)
Daniele De Lisi (ed. 2015)
Dimitri Winter (ed. 2015)
Dodo Versino (ed. 2015)
Edoardo Benedetti (ed. 2015)
Elena Liberati (ed. 2015)
Gabriele Tacchi (ed. 2015)
Gerry Gherardi (ed. 2015)
Gilberta Crispino (ed. 2015)
Guido Sagliocca (ed. 2015)
Luigi Scribani (ed. 2015)
Massimo Aresu (ed. 2015)
Mattia Fabiano (ed. 2015)
Monica Migliori (ed. 2015)
Nicola Braile (ed. 2015)
Patrizia Bracaglia (ed. 2015)
Pieraldo Ferrante (ed. 2015)
Rossella Celindano (ed. 2015)
Serena Sigismondo (ed. 2015)
Silvio Anselmo (ed. 2015)
Vittoria Bartolomei (ed. 2015)
Italian companies
Broadcaster: Man-Ga
Koch Media (ed. 2015)
Yamato Video (Italy)
CDR (ed. 2015)
Internet Streaming: TIMvision
German staff
German cast
German companies
Broadcaster: Arte
Kazé Germany (now)
Internet Streaming: Anime on Demand
Dutch staff
Dutch companies
Distributor: Otaku
Dutch cast
Russian staff
Russian companies
Distributor: MC Entertainment
Russian cast
Polish staff
Polish companies
Broadcaster: Hyper
Distributor: IDG Poland S.A.
Polish cast
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
Distributor: Versátil Home Vídeo (DVD-subtituled only)
Internet Streaming:
Filmin (Portugal)
Netflix (Portugal)
Portuguese cast
Swedish staff
Swedish companies
Distributor: Ozon Media
Swedish cast
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Chinese (Taiwan) cast

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