Movies can be a great way of reflecting back on your life choices and opening yourself to new truths of various realities of life, in a non-traditional, artistic way. In this article, we explore a movie about a time of great global unrest and peril. A time of war. Wars and plagues have haunted us for many centuries, giving humanity a grim reminder that it is as fragile as glasses in a cardboard box. ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ will lead the audience through the tough reality of war and the devastation it left behind through the story of siblings Seita and Setsuko. Based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, this brutal and heart-wrenching film will take you deep into the aftermath of World War II in Japan. Seita is a young boy who has to take care of his younger sister Setsuko after their mother tragically dies during the war. The siblings fight through hardships together and stay with each other no matter what.
Here are three reasons to watch Grave of The Fireflies:
1. It will teach you basic family values.
Despite all of the tragedy surrounding them, Seita and Setsuko still share moments of happiness together. You just can’t help but smile looking at the sheer radiance and innocence a child’s smile reflects.
2. It will show you the true devastating reality of World War II.
When it comes down to it, World War II was a horrific event that claimed the lives of over 60 million people. We can all learn from this history as we are faced with a global epidemic that has consumed thousands of lives so far and has the entire world at its toes. When we look at a fictional medium, certain real-life problems seem less grim and can help us take a deep sigh of relief.
3. It will remind you to value the small things in life.
From family to basic living commodities, ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ will make you think multiple times about what is and isn’t important in your life. We sometimes forget how many people have suffered and still are suffering from conflicts around the world, such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Seita and Setsuko suffer famine and are forced to face death – in the face – many times.
4. It will make you cry your eyes out.
Everyone needs a good cry once in a while, and it’s okay to admit that. The sadness in this film is sometimes overwhelming, but it does give you a humble perspective on life and makes you appreciate being alive and in good health with your family being safe at a dark time like this. Definitely a must-watch.
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