Directed by Isao Takahata, unrated, 89 minutes
Grave of the Fireflies is an immensely powerful and unflinching animated film about young man and his little sister who struggle to survive on their own in Japan, during World War II. The story is amazing and interesting as these two young people struggle against the horrors of war, but it's the growth of the main character from a boy to man that really elevates the film. The animation is top notch, and despite it's grim story, contains moments of true beauty. Grave of the Fireflies is not your average animated film, and its gut wrenching story and wonderful characters leave a lasting impression. You'll like it if: You like animated films, Japanese cinema, sad films, Spirited Away or All Quiet on the Western Front.