I guess it's powerful, no matter what language one hears it in. Those who haven't even seen the film will probably be baffled by the whole thing, though they might enjoy the music. On one level, it will be a treat for fans who have seen the film and can understand Japanese. This is a gloomy, depressing, yet beautiful soundtrack. . The opening theme is a sad yet happy song that has a sweet feeling to it.
Yoshio Mamiya deserves kudos for pulling off this job. This album can be seen on two levels. Even though I saw the film only two times and cried both times , in English-dubbed form, I was still reacting the same way, because, even though the language was in Japanese, I knew perfectly well about what was going to come. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. Perhaps this is because it has an innocent, lost feeling, or that it's just so gorgeous that it tugs the heartstrings of one who listens. Although the music from the film is here, this album is actually recorded from the soundtrack of the film.
Probably the best thing to do before buying this album is to see the film first. At one point, we get to hear a big band playing a marching song on track 13 , and this is during the scene where Seita sees an image of the Japanese Army in the Fireflies. That way you'll be able to decide for yourself whether you want to cry all over again. Watching Grave Of The Fireflies brings tears to even the iciest of eyes. Well, that depends on how big a fan you are of the movie. I certainly have never heard this one before. The album release, however, is another matter.
This may come across as out-of-place to an otherwise depressing soundtrack it's happy sounding, too , but it's a nice, though brief, touch. Despite this brief break, and a couple of happy moments, the soundtrack is overall sad and depressing. This is not to say that there's nothing sweet about it, however. In fact, I wonder what march song this is? This is no lighthearted, pleasant romp, nor is it a soundtrack that will leave one with a smile. The music to the film is similarly tear-jerking. Durasi: 89 Menit 1988-04-16 Pemain: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi Penghargaan: 3 wins.
In fact, it's so depressing, that I don't think it is a good idea for one to listen to on a clear, sunny day. We rarely get to hear the music without the distracting dialogue or sound effects, however, there are some such moments: the last few seconds of track 14, and the lovely, heartbreaking music played over the closing credits, which is the last three minutes of the album. In other words, we hear sound effects and Japanese dialogue. They are bombed out of their home by air raids, forced to live with a cruel aunt, run away to a cave by the pond, and both end up getting seriously ill. In addition to that track, there are plenty of lovely moments which seem to recall the joys of childhood in addition to a beautiful, haunting motif for the fireflies , but even these moments are overshadowed by a heavy amount of sad music it's also ominous on two tracks. It's painful to listen to.
Nevertheless the music to Grave Of The Fireflies is a master work of tragedy, loss of life, and afterlife, and it really brings the movie to life. I listened to the whole thing once. With no surviving relatives and their emergency rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive. But enough about myself, how about everyone else? On another level, it's a very questionable purchase, because, even though there are moments where we will be laughing out of joy especially the scene where Setsuko and Seita are at the beach, or moving into their new home in the cave by the pond , it can be overall uncomfortable to listen to, especially during the saddest parts of the movie, most of all when Setsuko cries. Those who loved the film will surely find it to be a treasure, but others should think twice before spending their money on a 58-minute album with long pauses, sound effects, and dialogue, even with the emotional music. We hear her wail on at least two out of 18 tracks.
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