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2012-11-23 03:06:49 PM
Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.
 
2012-11-23 03:10:41 PM
They already made a live-action version. The article even mentioned it with a photo. Not nearly as soul-destroying as the animated version, though.

/IMO
 
2012-11-23 03:30:10 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.


Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.
 
2012-11-23 03:40:00 PM
I'll go light some charcoal.
 
2012-11-23 03:54:11 PM
*clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions
 
2012-11-23 04:52:26 PM
Oh dear god no.
 
2012-11-23 04:56:07 PM
nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.
 
2012-11-23 05:08:04 PM
I refuse to watch the animated version. And I sure as hell won't see the live action.


Real life is depressing enough thanks.
 
2012-11-23 05:09:05 PM
I thought you were going to say Waltzing with Bashir
 
2012-11-23 05:12:41 PM
Somebody is doing the Last Unicorn live action?
 
2012-11-23 05:13:41 PM
It was originally a double bill with My Neighbor Totoro?
What the hell?
That's just evil.
 
2012-11-23 05:14:18 PM

plushpuppy: I thought you were going to say Waltzing with Bashir


Is that a new holodeck game?
 
2012-11-23 05:17:06 PM
Bullwinkle?
 
2012-11-23 05:18:03 PM

OtherLittleGuy: *clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions


Er...that's also cliche for anime films, you know, which Grave of the Fireflies happens to be..
 
2012-11-23 05:22:54 PM

cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.


Yep. I misread and thought it said "most depressing ANIMAL movie".
 
2012-11-23 05:23:24 PM
Dresden Pictures? I predict it firebombs
 
2012-11-23 05:24:15 PM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.

Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.


I could revisit Requiem for a Dream with no problem.

There's no way in hell I'm watching Grave of the Fireflies again.
 
2012-11-23 05:25:25 PM
Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.
 
2012-11-23 05:26:09 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: DammitIForgotMyLogin: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.

Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.

I could revisit Requiem for a Dream with no problem.

There's no way in hell I'm watching Grave of the Fireflies again.


There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. There's nothing but pain in fireflies. I don't even like thinking about the movie.
 
2012-11-23 05:27:33 PM

delathi: It was originally a double bill with My Neighbor Totoro?
What the hell?
That's just evil.


No, they would show Grave first and then Totoro so that people weren't walking out of the theatre super depressed, I still recommend this if anyone hasn't seen Grave before
 
2012-11-23 05:29:17 PM

Snarfangel: They already made a live-action version. The article even mentioned it with a photo. Not nearly as soul-destroying as the animated version, though.

/IMO


Interesting how Roger Ebert predicted that. His argument that watching a live action version you are watching children act like they are starving and dieing. But in the animated version, it is the IDEA of a child starving to death. He also feels that animated is more real than a live action movie, in that what is happening to the character on screen is really the character actually going through the story and not some actor pretending to be punched, for example.

Interesting stuff.
 
2012-11-23 05:29:47 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.


This.

CSS: About a decade ago, IFC showed it a lot. Never caught it from the beginning, always started halfway in. Of course, at the end the dust mites attacked and all that. Finally, finally one day I got to see it from the beginning. I cried within the first few minutes of the opening, because I understood what happened in those few minutes. IMO, for maximum depression, watch it in that way.
 
2012-11-23 05:39:05 PM

dahmers love zombie: cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.

Yep. I misread and thought it said "most depressing ANIMAL movie".


For me, it would be The Plague Dogs, though I know some people think Watership Down has it beaten by a hare.
 
2012-11-23 05:39:52 PM

Metalupis: delathi: It was originally a double bill with My Neighbor Totoro?
What the hell?
That's just evil.

No, they would show Grave first and then Totoro so that people weren't walking out of the theatre super depressed, I still recommend this if anyone hasn't seen Grave before


That order makes a little more sense, I was thinking of them playing them in the other order.
 
2012-11-23 05:41:15 PM
Why didn't he just accept his aunts rules? WHY?!?!?!?
 
2012-11-23 05:42:03 PM
i24.photobucket.com

Saddest candy EVAR?
 
2012-11-23 05:42:03 PM

Mangoose: There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. There's nothing but pain in fireflies. I don't even like thinking about the movie.


Pretty much all of this.

I don't watch anime (outside of any of the stuff that Miyazaki did), but I decided to give the film a go based on all the cautious recommendations of several TotalFarkers.

Yeah, it kicked my ass for about a week or so.
 
2012-11-23 05:44:08 PM
Okay, so I'll admit that I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies yet, mostly because I know enough about it already to not want to watch it. But, I seem to remember there was another anime movie made around the same time (late 80's) that revolved around an elderly British couple living in the aftermath of a nuclear war in England. For the life of me, I can't remember the film's name. Any Anime Farkers able to help me out here?
 
2012-11-23 05:49:20 PM
is it When the Wind Blows?
too lazy to google
 
2012-11-23 05:51:06 PM

cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.


I was thinking it would be kinda difficult to do a live action Watership down, and Old Yeller was live action already.

a co-worker gave me a copy of Graveyard for Fireflies, difficult to fathom a movie being more tear evoking than The Road.
I pre-viewed it and decided it was not for the young folk to watch on Turkey day. instead we watched Avengers.

sigh.
 
2012-11-23 05:51:50 PM

Mangoose: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: DammitIForgotMyLogin: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.

Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.

I could revisit Requiem for a Dream with no problem.

There's no way in hell I'm watching Grave of the Fireflies again.

There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. There's nothing but pain in fireflies. I don't even like thinking about the movie.


cdn.chud.com

Uncle Hank approves
 
2012-11-23 06:00:29 PM
Most depressing movie, and it isn't even a spoiler.
When the opening scene is the main character starving, and hallucinating the ghost of his sister moments before death, you know you're in for a rollicking good time.
 
2012-11-23 06:02:40 PM
Not to be outdone, Disney has announced an animated version of Hiroshima, Mon Amour is in development.
 
2012-11-23 06:06:03 PM
You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.
 
2012-11-23 06:06:43 PM
Hey, if anyone wants to see a fantastic anime film that won't destroy your soul, watch The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). Don't read what it's about first though, it'll ruin things.
 
2012-11-23 06:08:43 PM

I Like Bread: Most depressing movie, and it isn't even a spoiler.
When the opening scene is the main character starving, and hallucinating the ghost of his sister moments before death, you know you're in for a rollicking good time.


And they used to show it back to back in Japan with "My Neighbor Totoro." One of the comments on it was, "People didn't want to stay for 'Grave of the Fireflies' after starting with 'My Neighbor Totoro.'"
 
2012-11-23 06:11:07 PM

CarnySaur: dahmers love zombie: cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.

Yep. I misread and thought it said "most depressing ANIMAL movie".

For me, it would be The Plague Dogs, though I know some people think Watership Down has it beaten by a hare.


Silflay hraka, evil punster.
 
2012-11-23 06:11:08 PM
Watership Down?
 
2012-11-23 06:12:29 PM
Worse than Watership Down, worse than Old Yeller. Just passing the box on a friend's shelf will make you depressed.

I wish I was kidding.
 
2012-11-23 06:13:41 PM
I saw the 2005 live-action version of the film. I liked it. Thought the little girl that played Setsuko was good.
I'm curious to see a different take on the story. Though nothing can beat the animation.
Someday I'd like to read the novel too.
 
2012-11-23 06:22:24 PM
www.thatfilmguy.net

Had me worried there for a moment...
 
2012-11-23 06:25:16 PM

Mangoose: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: DammitIForgotMyLogin: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.

Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.

I could revisit Requiem for a Dream with no problem.

There's no way in hell I'm watching Grave of the Fireflies again.

There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. .


And Jennifer Connoly.
 
2012-11-23 06:26:04 PM
I think I'm gonna have to watch this, but I'm going to wait until spring. It's getting cold and dead outside, I want to avoid the same inside.
 
2012-11-23 06:28:51 PM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.

Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.


I bought Requiem several years ago when I joined a dvd club, as I had seen it once and thought it a powerful movie. I have never played the dvd. I rented Fireflies, also years ago, don't know whether I can ever watch it again.
 
2012-11-23 06:40:24 PM
If The Black Stallion could be marketed to kids, then anything can.

/hates The Black Stallion
//and The Neverending Story, too.
///Dull dull dull dull dull dull dullllllll!
 
2012-11-23 06:41:47 PM

504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.


JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.
 
2012-11-23 06:50:36 PM

Metalupis: delathi: It was originally a double bill with My Neighbor Totoro?
What the hell?
That's just evil.

No, they would show Grave first and then Totoro so that people weren't walking out of the theatre super depressed, I still recommend this if anyone hasn't seen Grave before


Reminiscent of my first experience with blotter. Double bill at the Waverly Theater back in 1973. "Easy Rider" and "Yellow Submarine" (in that order) with the only hairy moment being the preview of the special midnight showing of "Night of the Living Dead."
 
2012-11-23 06:51:17 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Okay, so I'll admit that I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies yet, mostly because I know enough about it already to not want to watch it. But, I seem to remember there was another anime movie made around the same time (late 80's) that revolved around an elderly British couple living in the aftermath of a nuclear war in England. For the life of me, I can't remember the film's name. Any Anime Farkers able to help me out here?


That is "When the Wind Blows". I've never seen it myself though.
 
2012-11-23 06:54:39 PM
I have has the displeasure of watching Grave of the Fireflies about 5 times I think. When people who can appreciate it came over I'd show it to them. It is soul crushing, especially if you've personally been responsible for a little girl before (like me with my nieces). It always makes me cry like a little biatch as well as anyone who's watching it.

Anyway, one of my wife's 8th grade students was an anime fan and she got to talking to me about it one day when I went to help my wife at work. I brought up the movie and she asked to borrow it. Being a prick I agreed with the express intention of farking her head up. When her mom came to pick her up I told her that she could watch it, but only if mom agreed. Mom grabbed the DVD and saw its rating and content and agreed even after I warned them.

She missed school the next day. My wife was so pissed at me. The mother sat the family down to watch it. Mom, dad, 14 year old, 10 year old, and 8 year old. By the end they were distraught and in tears. The oldest (the student) and the 10 year old had to take antidepressants and go to therapy. Mom and dad blamed me for it of course. Stupid California.
 
2012-11-23 07:01:43 PM
Am I the only one who thought of Up?
 
2012-11-23 07:03:33 PM

Hillbilly Jim: Am I the only one who thought of Up?


Up is only depressing in the beginning. It lightens up. Grave is like a slow pain that becomes cancerous in your brain.
 
2012-11-23 07:10:43 PM
That movie made me cry for 3 days after whenever I thought about it. And I can assure you I am not the crying type. It is the saddest damn movie ever made.
 
2012-11-23 07:12:26 PM

JosephFinn: RoyFokker'sGhost: Okay, so I'll admit that I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies yet, mostly because I know enough about it already to not want to watch it. But, I seem to remember there was another anime movie made around the same time (late 80's) that revolved around an elderly British couple living in the aftermath of a nuclear war in England. For the life of me, I can't remember the film's name. Any Anime Farkers able to help me out here?

That is "When the Wind Blows". I've never seen it myself though.


Thanks, that's the one.
 
2012-11-23 07:14:30 PM
many years back, whilst on temdu deployment, attached to a patrol boat, we found the animated grave of the fireflies in the ship's tape library. i knew what it was, but everyone else was in the dark and in the mood for something light, so it went in.

i got to watch an entire team of navy SEALs turn into blubbery booger-crying wrecks by the end of that movie. some of the baddest, most hardcore mother-effers on the planet cried their eyes out after watching that film.


it's that gut-wrenching.
 
2012-11-23 07:14:36 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-23 07:15:41 PM

OtherLittleGuy: *clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions


Yes, because Hollywoood never makes quiet, depressing movies. NEVER! (Well, only around Oscar time.)

/Sophie's Choice anyone?
//How about Schindler's List? No? Terms of Endearment?
///And then there's Old Yeller for the kids!
 
2012-11-23 07:16:03 PM
Grave of the Fireflies?

*clicks lick*

Yep. fark that movie.
 
2012-11-23 07:18:02 PM
link*
 
2012-11-23 07:28:17 PM
Fritz the Cat?

*clicks link*

Whoa, I was waaay off.
 
2012-11-23 07:30:16 PM

Jaws_Victim: And they used to show it back to back in Japan with "My Neighbor Totoro." One of the comments on it was, "People didn't want to stay for 'Grave of the Fireflies' after starting with 'My Neighbor Totoro.'"


They showed it in both orders, actually, but popularity differed depending on which was shown first.

Strange as it seems now, Miyazaki's pet project about a big fuzzy monster and a couple of kids seemed like a very risky venture at the time. So pairing Totoro with an "educational" film reduced the risk since there'd be a built-in audience from schools. But ultimately, neither film would have been made without the other.
 
2012-11-23 07:38:45 PM

SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


DAMN YOU DAMN YOU TO HELL

/yeah, I know, spoilers, don;t care, christ, it still hurts
//
 
2012-11-23 07:40:36 PM

Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.


Here's a mental hotfoot for you: at one point the BBC wanted to make Threads with the then current cast of Coronation Street. Imagine, if you will, the soul-bending nuclear nightmare fuel that is Threads happening outside the Rover's Return.

/has seen Threads
//Mighty Christ, bleak is far to small a word to describe it
 
2012-11-23 07:40:43 PM

SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


That said they already made a live action of that, except it really happened.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-23 07:42:41 PM
I look forward to laughing at this one too.
 
2012-11-23 07:47:03 PM

504_King_streetcar: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

Here's a mental hotfoot for you: at one point the BBC wanted to make Threads with the then current cast of Coronation Street. Imagine, if you will, the soul-bending nuclear nightmare fuel that is Threads happening outside the Rover's Return.


Oh sweet jesus, that thought is a punch to the stomach.
 
2012-11-23 07:53:11 PM
toxic-graveyard.com
 
2012-11-23 07:54:31 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.


Like "Jacob's Ladder" or "Dead Poets Society".
 
2012-11-23 07:55:49 PM
I'd rather have a live action "My Neighbour Totoro". Well, I guess you'd need some CGI but the Catbus alone would be worth the price of admission.
 
2012-11-23 07:56:45 PM

Jaws_Victim: Snarfangel: They already made a live-action version. The article even mentioned it with a photo. Not nearly as soul-destroying as the animated version, though.

/IMO

Interesting how Roger Ebert predicted that. His argument that watching a live action version you are watching children act like they are starving and dieing. But in the animated version, it is the IDEA of a child starving to death. He also feels that animated is more real than a live action movie, in that what is happening to the character on screen is really the character actually going through the story and not some actor pretending to be punched, for example.

Interesting stuff.


I think it's like Game of Thrones and Robin (Catelyn's Crazy Sister's kid aka Breastfeeding scene).

In the books he's described as an incredibly frail and sickly child and she continued to breastfeed him as a desperate act to make sure he lived. So the breastfeeding scene came off more as desperation then well creepy and weird.

The issue is you're not going to film a child who is actually deathly ill and everyone can tell it's fake.
 
2012-11-23 08:01:38 PM
I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.

/bawled like a baby when Old Yeller died
 
2012-11-23 08:02:20 PM

OtherLittleGuy: *clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions


I'd be more concerned with them whitewashing everything to make it happy for their brain-dead test audiences.
 
2012-11-23 08:10:31 PM

504_King_streetcar: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

Here's a mental hotfoot for you: at one point the BBC wanted to make Threads with the then current cast of Coronation Street. Imagine, if you will, the soul-bending nuclear nightmare fuel that is Threads happening outside the Rover's Return.

/has seen Threads
//Mighty Christ, bleak is far to small a word to describe it


oh god oh god oh god
 
2012-11-23 08:11:40 PM

WhippingBoy: I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.


That's okay. Many people without souls live happy, productive lives.

Then it's lights out.
 
2012-11-23 08:11:54 PM
Watership Down?
 
2012-11-23 08:25:54 PM
Ugh, fark that movie. Fark that movie to hell.
 
2012-11-23 08:30:09 PM
Count me in as another that expected "Watership Down."
 
2012-11-23 08:33:26 PM

FunkOut: I'd rather have a live action "My Neighbour Totoro". Well, I guess you'd need some CGI but the Catbus alone would be worth the price of admission.


I'd rather have a Totoro and Catbus done by Jim Henson's Creature Workshop. The puppets they did for Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal still hold up to this day. I would love to see what they could do with that movie.
 
2012-11-23 08:33:41 PM
District 9 is plague dogs with shrimp.
 
2012-11-23 08:38:30 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.


Done in one, really.
 
2012-11-23 08:57:50 PM

delathi: It was originally a double bill with My Neighbor Totoro?
What the hell?
That's just evil.


I think it must had been quite the experience. First Totoro and then Grave of the Fireflies does indeed feels like a terrible thing to put anyone through, but the other way around would be such an uplifting, cathartic experience. Totoro alone makes you smile, imagine seeing it after being brought down by Grave of the Fireflies. If anything it actually helps Totoro as a movie. Not that it needs any help of course but wow, I cannot even imagine, I think from now on I will recommend the movies to be seen in that order, right after the other.
 
2012-11-23 09:00:00 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mangoose: There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. There's nothing but pain in fireflies. I don't even like thinking about the movie.

Pretty much all of this.

I don't watch anime (outside of any of the stuff that Miyazaki did), but I decided to give the film a go based on all the cautious recommendations of several TotalFarkers.

Yeah, it kicked my ass for about a week or so.


Yeah, I think I'll be avoiding this movie like the plague.
 
2012-11-23 09:01:52 PM

504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.


I'll say that it would be a hell of a contest: Which is the more depressing move, "Grave of the Firefiles" or "Threads"?
 
2012-11-23 09:04:49 PM

Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.


I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"
 
2012-11-23 09:07:39 PM

SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!
 
2012-11-23 09:12:49 PM

Rwa2play: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"


I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.
 
2012-11-23 09:14:46 PM

mantidor: I think it must had been quite the experience. First Totoro and then Grave of the Fireflies does indeed feels like a terrible thing to put anyone through, but the other way around would be such an uplifting, cathartic experience


Perhaps. Though at a certain point in Totoro, the audience would be thinking, "Oh, christ, not again! What sort of sadist makes these movies?"
 
2012-11-23 09:15:16 PM
I would've guessed "The Little Match Girl."
 
2012-11-23 09:15:29 PM

Rwa2play: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"


It's just as well. I have seen the ending of Threads and it's exactly what you would expect. I have seen The Day After as well and it is VERY tame compared to Threads. Threads is so unrelentingly bleak and miserable that it makes anything seem light by comparison. It is an emotional black hole of a movie. On a related but tangential note, this reminds me of an incident from my childhood in the 1980s. I remember watching the credits for some Disney holiday show and hearing a voiceover announce that the next program will be about nuclear winter and how much that will suck. The VO made it clear that this was more or less guaranteed to happen very soon. For the first 10 years of my life there was a better than average chance of there being a nuclear war that would last about a day and that at the end of that day most of the world would be glowing rubble. And yet the main thing I remember about that 10 years was how awesome all the toys my parents got me were. All's well that ends well, I guess.
 
2012-11-23 09:16:59 PM

Kittypie070: Rwa2play: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"

I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.


Uh, no thanks. The visual effect of people being evaporated by the ground bursts in "The Day After" is enough.

Besides, I read the synopsis on Wikipedia and...didn't enjoy the visual.
 
2012-11-23 09:21:09 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mangoose: There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. There's nothing but pain in fireflies. I don't even like thinking about the movie.

Pretty much all of this.

I don't watch anime (outside of any of the stuff that Miyazaki did), but I decided to give the film a go based on all the cautious recommendations of several TotalFarkers.

Yeah, it kicked my ass for about a week or so.


It seems a strange movie to remake. The portion of the audience that would normally be seeing the movie automatically will probably avoid it like a plague.
 
2012-11-23 09:26:35 PM

Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!


My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."
 
2012-11-23 09:28:58 PM

CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."


Might wanna have a box or two of Kleenex or Puffs close by.
 
2012-11-23 09:33:23 PM

wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.


Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks
 
2012-11-23 09:34:27 PM

CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."


"Suuuuupermannnnnnnn"
 
2012-11-23 09:35:03 PM

WhippingBoy: I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.

/bawled like a baby when Old Yeller died


May depend on when some people saw it also. It came out in 94/95, but not a lot of stores really had a place to put it back then. It was a cartoon and cartoons were for kids. I know when I picked it up (Suncoast I think) it was mixed in with along Disney movies and such in the children's section. I thought it was gonna be an action war story (like G.I. Joe or something). Boy, was I wrong. I was (I think) thirteen the first time I saw it.
 
2012-11-23 09:35:04 PM
Just to screw with the rest of you...
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-23 09:43:58 PM
dafuq?
 
2012-11-23 09:47:38 PM
I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.
 
2012-11-23 09:48:18 PM
They should make an animated film of "Pride of Baghdad". That'd be fun.
 
2012-11-23 09:51:46 PM

CptnSpldng: Just to screw with the rest of you...
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


*spoiler alert*

As heartwrenching as Nina dying was.. I was much more sad when Maes Hughes died... I had much more invested in him as a character.
 
2012-11-23 09:52:42 PM

Fano: CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."

"Suuuuupermannnnnnnn"


Jurassic Bark and Fireflies both crushed me pretty thoroughly, but My Iron Giant didn't hit me all that hard for some reason.
 
2012-11-23 09:53:09 PM

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


Elfen Lied actually had a decent ending. The one you wanna go for is "End of Evangelion". That was a twisted mindfark of an ending.
 
2012-11-23 09:58:38 PM

Rwa2play: Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.

Elfen Lied actually had a decent ending. The one you wanna go for is "End of Evangelion". That was a twisted mindfark of an ending.


As to one that had a great ending, I thought "Code Geass'" ending was actually a good one; little too much of the biblical analogy involved, but good nonetheless.
 
2012-11-23 10:01:29 PM

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


Texhnolyze. Especially when you realize the significance of Ran's face on the (last) cover. None of the characters are all that sympathetic, but the ending is still a huge downer that can't help but stick with you.
 
2012-11-23 10:04:33 PM
And just for the hell of it let's turn this into a weekend anime festival featuring "Paranoia Agent" and "Death Note."
Just for shiats and giggles.
i.ytimg.com
 
2012-11-23 10:07:00 PM
Having lived a lot of my life under the threat of nuclear war, and having watched "The Day After" when it was first broadcast, I had to go look up "Threads" and watch it. Two hours later I have come back to this thread....

Well, not a tear shed, not a gut wrenched. I'm not depressed. Either I have no soul, or I have understood for many years exactly what a nuclear attack would be like and so nothing was a surprise.

I did wonder at the fact that England seemed completely isolated for over a decade. There must have been parts of the world unaffected that could have sent ships, at the very least, on an exploratory/reporting mission. Seemed odd to leave a fairly important first-world nation in the dark, so to speak.

Anyway, if "Threads" did nothing to me, I could probably get through "Grave" with no trouble.
 
2012-11-23 10:07:06 PM

CptnSpldng: And just for the hell of it let's turn this into a weekend anime festival featuring "Paranoia Agent" and "Death Note."
Just for shiats and giggles.
[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Hah~! You wanna know what depressing looks like, see "The Eyes of Mars". That had a very depressing ending.
 
2012-11-23 10:09:25 PM

WhippingBoy: I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.

/bawled like a baby when Old Yeller died


it's cool, cause old yeller was about a dog and the stuff in grave of the fireflies happened to animated depictions of yellow people, so that's like double not gonna ever matter.

/sarcasm.
//was there when grandpa put down a beloved family dog that had turned and killed a couple of the farm goats.
///old yeller is sentimental bullshiat.
 
2012-11-23 10:10:49 PM

Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks


Read the book when you hit 50-60. Hell, for that matter, read a whole lot of books over again when you hit 60.
 
2012-11-23 10:11:02 PM

MooseMuffin: Fano: CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."

"Suuuuupermannnnnnnn"

Jurassic Bark and Fireflies both crushed me pretty thoroughly, but My Iron Giant didn't hit me all that hard for some reason.


Futurama I think has a trilogy meant to crush everyone: Jurassic Bark, Luck of the Fryrish, and Leela's Homeworld. So maybe you aren't a pet owner. Maybe you don't like animals, who knows. But if you have a sibling you fought with or parents you didn't know cared? Elzar sez "BAM!"
 
2012-11-23 10:11:23 PM

CptnSpldng: And just for the hell of it let's turn this into a weekend anime festival featuring "Paranoia Agent" and "Death Note."
Just for shiats and giggles.
[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


the final five or six episodes of death note were stunning.

maybe not the ending any of us wanted, but the ending it DESERVED.

/also i was rooting for L up till that episode.
//drying feet scene way creepy.
 
2012-11-23 10:11:39 PM

silvervial: Having lived a lot of my life under the threat of nuclear war, and having watched "The Day After" when it was first broadcast, I had to go look up "Threads" and watch it. Two hours later I have come back to this thread....

Well, not a tear shed, not a gut wrenched. I'm not depressed. Either I have no soul, or I have understood for many years exactly what a nuclear attack would be like and so nothing was a surprise.

I did wonder at the fact that England seemed completely isolated for over a decade. There must have been parts of the world unaffected that could have sent ships, at the very least, on an exploratory/reporting mission. Seemed odd to leave a fairly important first-world nation in the dark, so to speak.

Anyway, if "Threads" did nothing to me, I could probably get through "Grave" with no trouble.


If there *were* parts of the world that were unaffected: a) they could get no contact with the outside world due to radiation interference b) they would have to conserve much of their supplies because of the scarcity after such an event.
 
2012-11-23 10:15:19 PM

silvervial: Anyway, if "Threads" did nothing to me, I could probably get through "Grave" with no trouble.


Yeah. "Grave" is sad, but it's nowhere near the soul-crusing experience many people claim it is.

Makes me think that people really, really have it easy nowadays, if "Grave" is the most depressing thing they've ever seen.
 
2012-11-23 10:15:25 PM
i.imgur.com

Strangely dusty in my room during that episode.
 
2012-11-23 10:16:36 PM
thought it was going to be David the Gnome.

silvervial: I did wonder at the fact that England seemed completely isolated for over a decade. There must have been parts of the world unaffected that could have sent ships, at the very least, on an exploratory/reporting mission. Seemed odd to leave a fairly important first-world nation in the dark, so to speak.


You read and see a lot of England's post WWII literature/drama revolving around England being left alone against DARK FORCES. I just finished Day of the Triffids and half of it is "Oi, when is the rest of the world going to get around to saving us? They aren't! Well then let's go it alone like we always do. Fish and chips!"

It's a national psychological thing where every historical event is the last 20 minutes of a Lifetime movie. Forever.
 
2012-11-23 10:18:00 PM
fc05.deviantart.net
Not anime, but incredibly, terminally depressing.

/Interesting movie, but I felt like my best friend had died.
 
2012-11-23 10:21:34 PM

CptnSpldng: Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks

Read the book when you hit 50-60. Hell, for that matter, read a whole lot of books over again when you hit 60.


I read the book last year, I'm 35 now, I knew the show well from early childhood. I promise to read it again then. But I hope clouds don't get in my way.

When I first met my fiance, the Molly Grue reaction was mine as well, with the gratitude we had met, and I don't think either of us would have been prepared for the younger versions of ourselves.

You know, that could make a great thread, books/movies that are deeply meaningful in different ways at various points in your life.
 
2012-11-23 10:22:36 PM
img38.imageshack.us
 
2012-11-23 10:25:00 PM

Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks


Best movie speech ever, as a kid I didn't totally get it, but now I do, and it makes me extremely sad and depressed, because growing older makes you a "Molly" in some sense.

/Christopher Lee was King Leoric in the animated film just to clarify because it isn't clear to me you acknowledge this.
 
2012-11-23 10:25:26 PM
The emotional moments in One Piece really hit me hard: Hiluluk, Robin, Merry... Something with the music cues I think. The war ending wasn't bad, but what always gets me when I think about is Bon Kurei at the end of Impel Down.
 
2012-11-23 10:27:35 PM

Yuri Futanari: [img38.imageshack.us image 327x350]


Oh, now that's just WRONG.
 
2012-11-23 10:30:00 PM

CptnSpldng: Yuri Futanari: [img38.imageshack.us image 327x350]

Oh, now that's just WRONG.


I know, right? Farking troll~!
 
2012-11-23 10:33:14 PM

Johnsnownw: Count me in as another that expected "Watership Down."


Nuh uh. Doesn't even hold a candle to the soul-crushing despair that is the experience of watching Fireflies.
 
2012-11-23 10:34:52 PM
Wikipedia: In a panic, Seita withdraws all the money remaining in their mother's bank account. As he leaves the bank, he is distraught when he learns from a nearby crowd that Japan has surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers and that his father, a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy who had promised him that Japan could never be defeated, is probably dead, since nearly all of Japan's navy is now at the bottom of the ocean. He returns to the shelter with large quantities of food, only to find a dying Setsuko hallucinating.

Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.
 
2012-11-23 10:35:23 PM

mantidor: Fano: wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.

Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks

Best movie speech ever, as a kid I didn't totally get it, but now I do, and it makes me extremely sad and depressed, because growing older makes you a "Molly" in some sense.

/Christopher Lee was King Leoric in the animated film just to clarify because it isn't clear to me you acknowledge this.


Lee interviewed about his role

I cannot imagine another voice for Haggard.
 
2012-11-23 10:42:38 PM

Arthur Jumbles: Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.


Seita tries to buy food from the farmer earlier, but is told there's none for sale (since the farmer has his own family to feed), then goes back to steal some and gets beaten. The director was attempting to make a point to modern audiences who are accustomed to always being able to buy things.

Of course, Seita makes a lot of other foolish decisions. But failing to buy food with money in the bank wasn't one of them.
 
2012-11-23 10:44:08 PM
Does anyone think we will get that live action Ruroni Kenshin movie out in America in the next few months? DVD?
That is something I want to see. And the new Eva movie, of course.
 
2012-11-23 10:44:31 PM

lemurs: Arthur Jumbles: Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.

Seita tries to buy food from the farmer earlier, but is told there's none for sale (since the farmer has his own family to feed), then goes back to steal some and gets beaten. The director was attempting to make a point to modern audiences who are accustomed to always being able to buy things.

Of course, Seita makes a lot of other foolish decisions. But failing to buy food with money in the bank wasn't one of them.


Damn you, Wikipedia! You've failed me again!
 
2012-11-23 10:47:19 PM
Oh and mantidor, not to get your hopes up, but Lee was slated to also reprise his role in a live action. I would think him perfect.
 
2012-11-23 10:57:24 PM
I just rewatched Jurassic Bark because of this thread. Face-soaked, dogs being held.
 
2012-11-23 11:06:53 PM
Grave of the Fireflies? Feh!

Try to watch Watership Down without crying, Subbo.
 
2012-11-23 11:12:09 PM

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


When They Cry
Mardock Scramble
Gurenn Lagann (second half moreso than the first...)

Mardock may be the only one from that brief list that is truly WTF, at least as compared to the heartbreak in Grave of Fireflies. Elfen Lied is the one anime that I got up and walked out of the room and never came back. And lord knows that I've seen some jacked up crap in anime.
 
2012-11-23 11:15:33 PM
farm6.staticflickr.com 

/hot
 
2012-11-23 11:16:27 PM

fusillade762: Dresden Pictures? I predict it firebombs


I see what you did there. Even if noone else did.
 
2012-11-23 11:23:48 PM
I was thinking Last Unicorn or original Little Mermaid.

I'm slightly terrified if watching these sad anime movies although I hear how amazing they are.
 
2012-11-23 11:27:13 PM

mekki: FunkOut: I'd rather have a live action "My Neighbour Totoro". Well, I guess you'd need some CGI but the Catbus alone would be worth the price of admission.

I'd rather have a Totoro and Catbus done by Jim Henson's Creature Workshop. The puppets they did for Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal still hold up to this day. I would love to see what they could do with that movie.


Oh, that would be way trippy.
 
Skr
2012-11-23 11:31:27 PM

Korzine: [i.imgur.com image 704x396]

Strangely dusty in my room during that episode.


Damn, the Merry returning then burning, and the fight between Luffy and Ussop definitely hit my soft spots. Robin on the ledge breaking down during that arc was pretty powerful as well.
One Piece gives plenty of time to get attached to the characters, even a ship. My favorite series and have gotten many others to give it a chance.
 
2012-11-23 11:35:40 PM
I saw the headline and immediately snarked to myself, "Subby's an idiot, the most depressing animated movie evar is Grave of the Fireflies and they've already made a live-action version, so the headline is obviously incorrect."

Fine, subby, you made me look like an ass to myself, are you happy now?
 
2012-11-23 11:46:45 PM

Hillbilly Jim: Am I the only one who thought of Up?


Not the least bit in the same league.


And My Neighbor Totoro was always shown after GotF in Japan, so everyone wouldn't go home completely despondent.


/remember kids:
//down the road, not across the tracks!
 
2012-11-23 11:50:42 PM
My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.
 
2012-11-24 12:12:55 AM

Rwa2play: I'll say that it would be a hell of a contest: Which is the more depressing move, "Grave of the Firefiles" or "Threads"?


Isn't that what happeend at Jonestown?
 
2012-11-24 12:18:34 AM

Arthur Jumbles: Wikipedia: In a panic, Seita withdraws all the money remaining in their mother's bank account. As he leaves the bank, he is distraught when he learns from a nearby crowd that Japan has surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers and that his father, a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy who had promised him that Japan could never be defeated, is probably dead, since nearly all of Japan's navy is now at the bottom of the ocean. He returns to the shelter with large quantities of food, only to find a dying Setsuko hallucinating.

Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.


You know that is the thing that I think most people don't take away from the movie. They get distracted by the kids and the plight, that they fail to see that setia's own actions resulted in the death of his sister. There is a spectrum of emotions that they kinda miss out on: the non-personal sadness of the opening when you realize this kid is dead and no one gives a fark, then the shock of the firebombing and his mother's death, so then when the aunt comes along it almost feels very natural to be defensive towards the kids, of course that little fleeting hope afterwords followed by a slow turning of your stomach into this very personal despair. So you leave the showing with a very potent mix of anger towards the adults for not caring; hostility towards for the older brother for pride and ignorance but a little sympathy as everything he tries fails, every time he grasp at a little bit of hope its dashed away (either first by the warring powers, then by a local power of his aunt, and finally by his own power), then finally just that crippling "innocence lost" notion with the little girl.

Its a great movie to tug on the heartstrings, I don't think its the worst offender in the "most depressing" department though.

/That ending was just added so people didn't blow their brains out.
 
2012-11-24 12:21:42 AM

CptnSpldng: Oh, now that's just WRONG.


Yeah, they would only have gotten one or two meals out of Seymour, then back to starving.
 
2012-11-24 12:32:22 AM

Soulcatcher: My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.


You should include the Jurassic Bark episode of Futurama.
 
2012-11-24 01:33:13 AM

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


Arg, fark Saishuu Heikki. I randomly found that show not knowing anything about it, kept watching hoping something less-than-completely awful would happen. It didn't. Don't think I left my room for about 2 days after that.
 
2012-11-24 01:44:35 AM

Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.


And Cowboy Bebop. Boy did that set off arguments for years.

I can't believe the creator has resisted the millions offered to him to make more. Gotta admire that artistic integrity, which you will not see in Hollywood.
 
2012-11-24 01:44:51 AM
Mary and Max is getting made into live action? I thought stop motion was good enough...
 
2012-11-24 02:05:27 AM

Kittypie070: I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.



Threads on YouTube Link 

The movie that gets to me is Testament (1983) with Jane Alexander. It makes On The Beach look like a SyFy movie of the week.
 
2012-11-24 02:09:34 AM

Soulcatcher: My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.


If they're not streaming copious tears from their orbs (or at the very least wincing) by the end of these, they might very well be sociopaths:

Spider (2002)
Umberto D. (1952)
The War Zone (1999)
The Cement Garden (1993)
The Grey Zone (2001)
Nil By Mouth (1997)
Scarlet Street (1945)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Sophie's Choice (1982)
Winter Light (1963)
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
 
2012-11-24 02:16:47 AM
Not sure if it qualifies, but the ending of Blake's 7 is a solid punch to the nuts.
 
2012-11-24 02:17:42 AM
...they might very well likely be sociopaths:

'twas buggin' me.


also:

either the 1931 version or the 1940 version of Waterloo Bridge.

Although the pre-code version makes explicit what the coded version makes...well, coded.
 
2012-11-24 02:20:38 AM
And to add to the general feeling of childhood dying inside and the world being revealed to be a cold, inhospitable place, I'll add the late 70s, early 80s animated Raggedy Ann and Andy movie.

Holy balls, that's like existentialism for kids.
 
2012-11-24 02:28:23 AM

Gravitholus: [i24.photobucket.com image 500x375]

Saddest candy EVAR?


WTF is wrong with Japane.....Oh yeah......
 
2012-11-24 02:28:54 AM
Although the pre-(prior to the)Code(really kicking in) version makes explicit what the truly-Coded version makes...well, coded.

For (most-certainly-unnecessary) clarification.
 
2012-11-24 02:31:50 AM

Rwa2play:
I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"


And it's all right here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MCbTvoNrAg

As Pink Floyd said, hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way. But that scene with the pregnant woman giving birth by herself... yowch.
 
2012-11-24 02:33:55 AM
Old Yeller was a suicide.
 
2012-11-24 02:38:11 AM

Gravitholus: [i24.photobucket.com image 500x375]

Saddest candy EVAR?


Just how dead inside do you have to be to see the candy tin in that movie and think "now there's a great idea for a product tie-in!"
 
2012-11-24 03:00:24 AM
Champ... wake up!
 
2012-11-24 03:02:01 AM

Soulcatcher: My friends and I do a lot of strange themed movie marathons. I'm thinking of doing a "Most Depressing Movies Ever" marathon. David Lynch's Elephant Man is the one that destroys me every time, I usually start crying about 6 minutes in and it never stops.

So, what are everyone's suggestions?

I may put a bowl of razor blades on the coffee table just for sh(ts and giggles.


My friends and I have twice done Depressing Movie Night. The first event was Dancer in the Dark, The Painted Veil and Forest for the Trees (followed by The Three Amigos to cheer everyone up.) Second installment was La Strada,Grave of the Fireflies, House of Sand and Fog, and La Strada. Round #2 was definitely more stick-with-you depressing. My sister declared Grave of the Fireflies The Most Depressing Movie Ever.
 
2012-11-24 03:23:48 AM

Anastacya: Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.

When They Cry
Mardock Scramble
Gurenn Lagann (second half moreso than the first...)

Mardock may be the only one from that brief list that is truly WTF, at least as compared to the heartbreak in Grave of Fireflies. Elfen Lied is the one anime that I got up and walked out of the room and never came back. And lord knows that I've seen some jacked up crap in anime.


Even though there's a happy ending, pretty much all of Madoka Magica is damn depressing until the final 5 minutes
 
2012-11-24 06:37:40 AM
Which Elfen Lied are you guys referring to? The 13 episode anime, or the 107 chapter manga?
I started the anime on Netflix, but it was so horrible (as in violent, shocking and sad) that I didn't finish it. Should I push through?
 
2012-11-24 06:50:08 AM

OtherLittleGuy: *clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions


Um... you realize that the fast-moving Zombie thing was literally a British Film Council film, right? Filmed in England with almost entirely British actors? And that the giant monster bit is a Japanese genre, not a US one?

While we're at it, Hammer films is a UK company, and they're responsible for the shiate "american" remake of Let the Right One In that was released like six months after the actual, good version.

So... no. Not really a good sign at all if lack of random half-assed farking around is what you're looking for in an adaptation.

//Also, if you want to avoid movies with explosions I have some bad news about Grave of the Fireflies' plot...
 
2012-11-24 06:56:04 AM

Gonzee: Which Elfen Lied are you guys referring to? The 13 episode anime, or the 107 chapter manga?
I started the anime on Netflix, but it was so horrible (as in violent, shocking and sad) that I didn't finish it. Should I push through?


Eh, the anime.. but if you have a choice, I would highly recommend the manga. The anime only covers about half the story of the manga, but has it's own unique ending.. so if your feeling like 4-5 hours of violence gore and angst, there you go.
 
2012-11-24 07:10:36 AM

Eraic: Gonzee: Which Elfen Lied are you guys referring to? The 13 episode anime, or the 107 chapter manga?
I started the anime on Netflix, but it was so horrible (as in violent, shocking and sad) that I didn't finish it. Should I push through?

Eh, the anime.. but if you have a choice, I would highly recommend the manga. The anime only covers about half the story of the manga, but has it's own unique ending.. so if your feeling like 4-5 hours of violence gore and angst, there you go.


Powerful, emotional ending? I love these "punch in the gut" type films. I like to brood over a tough film for days...
 
2012-11-24 09:20:05 AM
"Grave" is the saddest anime, but for second place I'd pick "Night on the Galactic Railroad". Full of existential dread, it's like sinking in quicksand made of sadness. Third place goes to the Kimigure Orange Road movie, "I Want To Return To That Day". That one is the most realistic and heart-rending depiction of the inevitable results of a love triangle: somebody's got to lose. I cried my eyes out.
 
2012-11-24 09:26:38 AM
Thanks for all of the heartwrenching suggestions guys!

=]
 
2012-11-24 10:02:20 AM

Abner Doon: Eraic: I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.

Arg, fark Saishuu Heikki. I randomly found that show not knowing anything about it, kept watching hoping something less-than-completely awful would happen. It didn't. Don't think I left my room for about 2 days after that.


Hmm, haven't heard of that one before. Have to check it out.
 
2012-11-24 10:29:46 AM

tinderfitles: Arthur Jumbles: Wikipedia: In a panic, Seita withdraws all the money remaining in their mother's bank account. As he leaves the bank, he is distraught when he learns from a nearby crowd that Japan has surrendered unconditionally to the Allied Powers and that his father, a Captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy who had promised him that Japan could never be defeated, is probably dead, since nearly all of Japan's navy is now at the bottom of the ocean. He returns to the shelter with large quantities of food, only to find a dying Setsuko hallucinating.

Kid, you can't eat money. Might have been a good idea to crack the savings account before your little sister died of malnutrition.

You know that is the thing that I think most people don't take away from the movie. They get distracted by the kids and the plight, that they fail to see that setia's own actions resulted in the death of his sister. There is a spectrum of emotions that they kinda miss out on: the non-personal sadness of the opening when you realize this kid is dead and no one gives a fark, then the shock of the firebombing and his mother's death, so then when the aunt comes along it almost feels very natural to be defensive towards the kids, of course that little fleeting hope afterwords followed by a slow turning of your stomach into this very personal despair. So you leave the showing with a very potent mix of anger towards the adults for not caring; hostility towards for the older brother for pride and ignorance but a little sympathy as everything he tries fails, every time he grasp at a little bit of hope its dashed away (either first by the warring powers, then by a local power of his aunt, and finally by his own power), then finally just that crippling "innocence lost" notion with the little girl.

Its a great movie to tug on the heartstrings, I don't think its the worst offender in the "most depressing" department though.

/That ending was just added so people didn't blow their brains out.


Also, for added sadness points iy is key to remember that GotF is mostly AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL. The author wrote it in part to assuage his survivor guilt because he lived and good baby sister starved to death in a cave.

I personally always find true (or true-ish) stories to be much sadder. Like the Pacific, or Schindler's
 
2012-11-24 10:34:42 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.

Aaah. Requiem for a Dream syndrome.


Or "Dead Man Walking" syndrome.

Or maybe not. You don't walk out loving the movie. You walk out dead inside and don't speak for a day.
 
2012-11-24 11:14:32 AM

dahmers love zombie: cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.

Yep. I misread and thought it said "most depressing ANIMAL movie".


Same here. fark you, Watership Down.
 
2012-11-24 11:36:54 AM

Eraic: CptnSpldng: Just to screw with the rest of you...
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

*spoiler alert*

As heartwrenching as Nina dying was.. I was much more sad when Maes Hughes died... I had much more invested in him as a character.


I did end up crying when Hughes died. :/ Don't usually cry when one of my favorite characters dies, but something about his death just got to me.
 
2012-11-24 03:12:22 PM

Rwa2play: CptnSpldng: Yuri Futanari: [img38.imageshack.us image 327x350]

Oh, now that's just WRONG.

I know, right? Farking troll~!


i1182.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-24 05:20:41 PM

CarnySaur: dahmers love zombie: cretinbob: nice...you know...for what it is....because of course it's not a "nice" movie.
//I thought Watership Down at first.

Yep. I misread and thought it said "most depressing ANIMAL movie".

For me, it would be The Plague Dogs, though I know some people think Watership Down has it beaten by a hare.


Plauge dogs is way worse the Watership Down amd GotFF. Jesus. I cried until my husband nearly started.
 
2012-11-24 05:35:22 PM
I thought the flick that had that title was 'Watership Down'.
 
2012-11-24 05:51:35 PM

Ionessa: Eraic: CptnSpldng: Just to screw with the rest of you...
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

*spoiler alert*

As heartwrenching as Nina dying was.. I was much more sad when Maes Hughes died... I had much more invested in him as a character.

I did end up crying when Hughes died. :/ Don't usually cry when one of my favorite characters dies, but something about his death just got to me.


I bawled when Hughes died. He was easily one of my favorite characters, and that scene just wrecked me.

And when my roommates and I were watching FMA: Brotherhood, we skipped the Nina episode entirely.
 
2012-11-24 08:29:48 PM
I saw the headline and immediately thought "Must be Grave of the Fireflies."

Yep. Can't argue, subby.
 
2012-11-24 11:38:39 PM

Coelacanth: Kittypie070: I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.


Threads on YouTube Link 

The movie that gets to me is Testament (1983) with Jane Alexander. It makes On The Beach look like a SyFy movie of the week.


I am still mindf*cked by Testament. I find it so much more disturbing than The Day After.
 
2012-11-24 11:47:24 PM

Coelacanth: Kittypie070: I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.


Threads on YouTube Link 

The movie that gets to me is Testament (1983) with Jane Alexander. It makes On The Beach look like a SyFy movie of the week.


Holy shiatballs!

[creeps under the bed]
 
2012-11-25 12:40:40 AM

RoyFokker'sGhost: Okay, so I'll admit that I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies yet, mostly because I know enough about it already to not want to watch it. But, I seem to remember there was another anime movie made around the same time (late 80's) that revolved around an elderly British couple living in the aftermath of a nuclear war in England. For the life of me, I can't remember the film's name. Any Anime Farkers able to help me out here?


You know, I saw that movie in the theatres when I was 17 with a bunch of guys. It's called "When the Wind Blows". We were all laughing going in, and sobbing coming out. The very cute ticket lady, who we had been flirting with asked us "was it a bad movie?" and we said no, it was a great movie, but oh so sad.

Definitely worth watching.
 
2012-11-25 01:45:07 AM

witchofthedogs: I am still mindf*cked by Testament. I find it so much more disturbing than The Day After.


The people who made The Day After deserve gold medals for changing President Ronald Reagan's mind about nuclear war as something potentially glorious and even holy. But Testament, if he had seen it, would've gone over his head.
 
2012-11-25 01:56:12 PM
Yeah, I came here looking for "When the Wind Blows"...goddamn, that movie is sad.
 
2012-11-26 11:30:36 AM
Yeaaaahhhh... As much as I'd like to have my beating heart ripped out of my chest and tap-danced on by a sumo wrestler, I'm gonna pass.

I'm sure the original is one of the finest pieces of cinema ever produced, but I don't need that whole wanna kill myself kinda feelin'.
 
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