AKA: Hotaru No Haka, Tombstone of the Fireflies, Tomb of the Fireflies
Directed by: Taro Hyugaji
Starring: Reo Yoshitake (Seita), Rina Hatakeyama (Setsuko), Keiko Matsuzaka (Aunt), Seiko Matsuda (Mother)
Country: Japan; Effed Up Asian Films
Language: Japanese (Eng Subs), Effed Up Japanese Movies
Genres: Based on a True Story, Siblings, Misery-Depressing
The 2nd live-action adaptation of the semi-autobiographical short-story most known through its 1988 anime adaptation.
This version depicts Seita and Setsuko’s aunt as being mean-spirited from the outset. Overall, it’s the harsher film, with both Seita and his aunt portrayed inflexible and self-centered.
If you’ve seen the anime, it’s recommended you watch this after the 2005 version.