By AMANDA GROHOWSKI
At the end of the month, the Hippodrome Cinema will screen “Grave of the Fireflies.” Based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, this dramatic and heart-wrenching film will take you deep into the aftermath of World War II in Japan.
“Grave of the Fireflies” will lead audience members the tough reality of the war and the devastation it left behind through the story of siblings Seita and Setsuko. 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.
The film covers a very tough topic, but it is absolutely rewarding to watch. The Hipp will be playing the film three times: once on Sept. 30, on Oct. 1 and on Oct. 4.
Here are four reasons why you should come see “Grave of the Fireflies” at the Hipp:
1. It will teach you family values.
Despite all of the tragedy around them, Seita and Setsuko still share moments of happiness together. Plus, look at how adorable little Setsuko’s rosy-red cheeks are! You just can’t help but smile sometimes.
2. It will show you the true devastation and 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.
3. It will remind you to value the simple things in life.
From family to basic living commodities, “Grave of the Fireflies” will make you think twice 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. Seita and Setsuko suffered famine and were forced to face death head-on many times.
4. It will make you bawl your eyes out.
Everyone needs a good cry once in awhile, and it’s OK to admit that. The sadness in this film is sometimes overwhelming, but it does give you a humble perspective on life.
Don’t miss out on the Hipp’s screenings of “Grave of the Fireflies.” Get your tickets now by visiting thehipp.org/cinema or calling (352)375-4477.