Grave of the Fireflies - Review

1033 WordsOct 8, 20085 Pages
Released in 1988, Grave of the Fireflies is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, who lost their mother and father through different events of World War II. As a result they are forced to try to survive, any way they can, though their efforts are finally lost when Setsuko dies of malnutrition, and Seita dies not long after. It’s based on a semi-autobiographic book by the same name, whose author lost his sister due to malnutrition in 1945 during the war. The main value shown throughout the film is the endorsement of family, illustrated through the ever-growing relationship of Seita and Setsuko. The film provides an insight into Japanese culture, by showing the battle between those who subvert traditional roles in families and…show more content…
They lost a lot, but what remained with them was their patriotism for their country, and pride; which, in the end, was nullified anyway. Japan’s pride caused great damage to the nation. The war had been going on for a while, but in 1943, Japanese leaders realised that the war was probably lost. They ended up wanting to stop, they just didn't know how to. It was a case of “Once you get in, you can't get out because pride is on the line”. This resulted in more unnecessary ; of people. Seita’s pride reflected the pride of Japan during the war. Upon leaving his aunt’s house and realising that he can’t survive without her support, he decides not to return, and stick with what he’s got. His pride gets in the way of his rational thought process, because he knew he couldn’t take care of Setsuko alone. Audience reactions to certain sections of the movie weren’t the same. Different cultures saw things in the way that they thought was right. For example, when the film was shown to a Japanese audience, people sympathized and agreed with Seita’s choice to not return to his aunt. This reflected on the pride of their nation, and how they’ve been brought up; to keep their pride. Whereas when the film was shown to an American or Australian audience, people thought Seita’s decision was foolish, and that he should have returned to his aunt, for the
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