NOTE: To watch the film full screen, download the wmv files at the end of the post. Or, double click on the file links for a better online viewing experience.
Added on 2/1/10 - a pdf file of the semi-autobiographical novel that the movie is based on, A Grave of Fireflies by Nosaka Akiyuki
Grave of the Fireflies is a beautiful, sad film.
Roger Ebert wrote a detailed and insightful review of the film
. The film takes the #1 spot on many "Best of Anime" lists. It deserves it.
Due to uploading considerations, I edited the film into 5 parts. Each part is between 15 anad 20 minutes long, and is a big file, between 75 and 100 mg. I wanted to preserve the film quality so it could be viewed at larger sizes. The files in the post are embedded and should open fairly easily. At the end of the post, I attached the 5 parts as wmv files so they can be downloaded onto your computer and viewed without an internet connection. Also, you could throw the parts back into Windows Movie Maker and combine into one long film again, but it's also nice to have the breaks where you can take a few minutes with your class and talk about the history (Japan WWII), the storyline, emotions, etc. I wouldn't show this film to students under 11 years old- I might be off by a year one way or another, make sure you watch it yourself first : ).
Also, the film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka. I'd love to read the novel in English and see if it would make a good unit for advanced EFL classes, but the book is hard to come by in English. The only hint I got was to try University Libraries for copies of Japan Quarterly 25.4 (Oct-Dec 1978): 445-63. It is translated by James Abrams, if anyone finds a copy please let me know.
Grave of the Fireflies Part 1 lrg.wmv
Grave of the Fireflies Part 2 lrg.wmv
Grave of the Fireflies Part 3 lrg.wmv
Grave of the Fireflies Part 4 lrg.wmv
Grave of the Fireflies Part 5 lrg.wmv