Grave of the Fireflies

JAN 10 - Subtitled

Fourth Annual Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective: Jan 10- Jan 27

Introduction By Dr. Ken Ruoff, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Japanese Studies at Portland State University


6:30PM | Talk 

7:30PM | Film Screening

Written and directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies is considered a masterpiece and a landmark in animation. Roger Ebert has called it “an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. It belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.” 


Told in flashback, it is an emotionally powerful and very personal film about the devastation of Japan during the final months of World War II as seen through the eyes of two children. This achingly sad anti-war movie is one of Studio Ghibli’s most profoundly beautiful, haunting works.


Duration: 89 mins. | Rating: NR (Recommended Ages 10+) | Presented Jan. 10 in Japanese with English subtitles

The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Retrospective runs January 10 through January 27 and features a collection of some of the finest films from Japan's most renowned animation studio. Please call 503-797-4000 for more information.