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Movie Night at LOFM, June 11 to benefit earthquake survivors in Japan


By Susan Long - Posted on May 31 2011

Movie Night at Live Oak Friends! Saturday, June 11, 7 pm. Childcare provided; please RSVP to kimbernelson@prodigy.net. Contributions to benefit earthquake survivors in Japan via Japanese Society of Friends: See one of the most powerful anti-war movies ever made. A Masterpiece of Animation: “Grave of the Fireflies” (火垂るの墓, Hotaru no Haka) is a 1988 Japanese animated war drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata.

Two orphans fight for survival in post-World War II Japan. But society is harsh and they come to the somber conclusion that they can neither escape the hardships of war nor find enough food to survive.

Roger Ebert called it "an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation."

Animation historian Ernest Rister compares the film to “Schindler's List” and says, "It is the most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen.”

Not recommended for children under 12, due to the intensity of the orphans’ suffering.
Best Animated Feature, 1994 Chicago International Children's Film Festival
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