Grave of the Fireflies | Carolina Theatre | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week

Screen: Special Showings

Grave of the Fireflies

When: Fri., Oct. 18 2013

There are many great movies I have avoided seeing because they are allegedly, well, depressing as hell. The third round of Studio Ghibli anime films at the Carolina Theatre is highlighted by one of these films, the 1988 production Grave of the Fireflies. It was ranked by Roger Ebert as one of the greatest war films ... and was also picked by Empire magazine as one of the "Top 10 Most Depressing Movies." (It came in at No. 6.) The short version is, it's about two Japanese children during World War II desperately trying to survive in a bombed-out village. Its re-creation of the setting and the emotional pathos of the situation earned universal acclaim, but please: Go in knowing that it's about two children starving to death. You might need to see the lighter-hearted My Neighbor Totoro as a pick-me-up afterward, we're just sayin'. Also playing in this series is the hit Princess Mononoke, a tale of the gods of nature versus the new forces of civilization that was one of the biggest hits for Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, who recently announced his retirement. It plays along with the 1995 adolescent romance Ocean Waves, which, again, you might need after Fireflies to keep from committing suicide. —Zack Smith

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