Two orphans in war-time Kobe, Japan, face fire-bombs, hunger, homelessness, and despair as the war and their lives come to an end.
Voices English: J. Robert Spencer, Rhoda Chrostte, Veronica Taylor, AmyJones ; Japanese: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi.
Director of photography, Nobuo Koyama ; editor, Takeshi Seyama ; animation director, Yoshifumi Kondo ; art director, Nizo Yamamoto ; music, Michio Mamiya.
Based on the novel by Akiyuki Nosaka. DVD features: alternate angle storyboards; trailers; Bonus DVD features: interviews with director Isao Takahata and author Akiyuki Nosaka; interview with Roger Ebert; author biography; director biography; historical perspective: commentary by professors Theodore F. Cook & Haruko Taya Cook; video restoration documentary; bonus storyboards; trailers; original Japanese theatrical trailer; art gallery; U.S. trailer. DVD-ROM features: script; additional storyboards; art gallery; cast & production credits. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1988 in Japan and in an English version in 1992.