I only picked this movie because it is ranked 59 in MAL. I read the synopsis and I knew that this movie is about war. Considering what had happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in world war 2, I expected to find a lot of gore and corpses, portraying the horror of the war. I was surprised to see that this movie isn’t about showing us the horror of the war. It is about two kids trying to live ‘normally’ in the middle of all the chaos.
At the beginning of the movie, we see a boy dying. His spirit meets with his little sister and together they go back and watch everything that had happened to them during their lives. The boy’s name is Seita and his sister’s name is Setsuko.
They lose their mother during a bombing and had to live at their aunt’s home. She didn’t treat them well and it is understandable. She didn’t like taking care of two more kids when the food was so scarce. So she was always yelling at them and trying to find fault with what they did. She didn’t even feed them the same way she fed her family. Tired, Seita and Setsuko leave her and start living in an abandoned house.
Of course, they couldn’t do it for long. All the food they bought was soon consumed and Seita started stealing food from other people. He got caught while he was stealing from a farm. The owner beat him up and took him to the cops. The cop was a nice guy who didn’t think that stealing food when you’re hungry is a big crime. He let Seita go.
Setsuko had some sort of infection. Her back was covered with pink scars and she bled. Seita took her to the hospital but the doctor told him that she just needed more nutritious food. For Seita, it was the hardest thing to do.He didn’t have enough money. And eventually Setsuko died. Seita gave up on his life after her death.He later died of starvation at a train station.
At first, I thought it was a bad idea, showing us that Seita and Setsuko are going to die at the very beginning of the movie.Usually when you are watching an anime or a movie and when you already know that a particular character is going to die, you would be ready for it. However in this movie it made all the difference. Whenever you see these two kids playing around, you can’t help but think about how these two happy children are going to be crushed by the war.
This movie makes us feel the pain of war even though they didn’t show many corpses and bombings It is easy to imagine two kids who were left on their own during a war.The characters looked real, especially Setsuko. She was just a little kid who didn’t really know anything. She couldn’t understand what war was or how grave their condition was. Even so she lost her mom, she was forced to run from the bombings and it was the war that took her life. It was hard to stomach.
It is needless to say that I liked this movie. So do I recommend this movie to you? I don’t know. It is up to you. It is not the kind of movie you can enjoy. If you are bad with tragic endings, it is better to avoid this movie. But if you are okay with tragedies, give this movie a try.
See you next time ^^/