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Grave of the Fireflies the Atomic Bombings Movie Review

… Grave of the Fireflies

The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are an absent presence in this film. How is this absent trauma reproduced through other absences in the film: the absent parents/relatives, the absent house, the absent buildings, the absent American soldiers hidden inside planes that are often heard but not seen, etc. Does this film suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or is it cathartic? Provide examples and textual support to argue in the negative or the affirmative.

The 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies depicts many atrocities associated with war and in this sense several that really occurred in Japan near the close of WWII. Some people question the absence of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, yet this absent trauma is reflective of…. [read more]

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