Grave of the Fireflies (1988) is a Japanese animated filmwritten and directed by Isao Takahata.
The Japanese title is Hotaru no Haka (火垂るの墓). Thefilm is based on the semi-autobiographical novel alsocalled Hotaru no Haka written by Akiyuki Nosaka.
It is not an entirely true autobiography because while itis based on a part of his life, it does not portray all theevents accurately.
But he and his sister did live in Kobe, Japan, during theWorld War II air raids.
His sister died during that time from malnutrition and theauthor blamed himself for her death.
It is clear that the author felt that he should have diedinstead of his sister.
Throughout his life the author has suffered from a deepguilt for his sister’s death. He would often eat firstleaving his sister without enough food forherself, resulting in his survival and her death.
Akiyuki Nosaka wrote this story as an apology to hissister.
Sakuma drops are a famous Japanese candy sold in iconictin cans that have been around since 1908.
The candies became very popular after they werefeatured in Grave of the Fireflies and were such animportant emblem throughout the film.
This inspired the Sakuma Candy Co. to make their ownspecial edition featuring Setsuko on the cover andare sold worldwide for about $5.
CREDITS Introduction & Video Clip Abdulla AlDosariPowerPoint, Symbolism, & Popular Culture Bianka Juchelka PowerPoint & Overview Phillip Rothschild Discussion Questions Sarah Webb
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