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Did you cry after you watched this movie? (spoilers)

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03-20-13, 7:52 AM

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I felt nothing.
That was odd.
 
03-30-13, 3:51 AM

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It was somewhat depressing but I got over it after like 5 mins
 
04-01-13, 3:27 PM

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I don't see this as an anti-war film more then I see it as being an anti-selfish film, if the MC just swallowed his pride and said sorry to his aunt and started helping out, none of this would even have happened. I'm pretty sure the author even stated that this wasn't supposed to be an anti-war film, but about how rebellious and selfish teenagers are now a days and how we should respect our elders. I don't know those are my two cents on it, but alas I did shed some manly tears.
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04-02-13, 6:55 PM

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I didn't feel a thing throughout the whole movie. Guess I'm a 100% sure I'm as cold as ice now.
 
04-06-13, 4:18 AM

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I actually just watched this last night/early this morning as part of a Studio Ghibli fest on one of my local film channels. I also watched it in Japanese. I'm not sure if there was a dub, it might have been only subbed like Only Yesterday.

I cried, and I'm still left with a depressing feeling even now. Tears were falling at various points in the film-specifically when the children were crying (I'm not a big kid person in real life but children crying in Ghibli films gets to me, I even choke up at My Neighbour Totoro!), but I really started sobbing when Setsuko offered Seita the 'rice balls' she made, and then when she dies I lost it.

I think part of the reason is because Ghibli are so good with emotion and imagery, but I think it's also because of the reality of the film, this really did happen to people in wartime/post-war Japan, and that is saddening. So to say, for example, that you "yawned" through the film is something I find pretty disrespectful, considering this is a semi-true story, and depicts something which is essentially horrific. I'm glad I cried, because I think if an anime was able to make me feel and think like that, then that's pretty damn impressive.

Each to their own, but to me, this film is thought-provoking, upsetting and depressing, but it is also poignant and beautiful.
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05-25-13, 11:13 AM

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I felt nothing, since when was documentaries in anime (rhetrical). It's honestly not sad, people die when they die, get over it.
 
05-29-13, 6:03 PM

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SlothNamakemono said:
I felt nothing, since when was documentaries in anime (rhetrical). It's honestly not sad, people die when they die, get over it.


PEOPLE DIE WHEN THEY DIE?!?!

NO ONE EVER TOLD ME THIS WTF!
 
05-29-13, 6:13 PM

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I didn't really cry, it definitely was a depressing movie though.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 was sadder for me.
 
06-02-13, 12:50 PM

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I felt depressed and empty, but no tears.
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06-16-13, 11:31 AM

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I was pretty much teared up throughout the whole movie, didn't physically cry though. Really feeling depressed and a bit empty afterwards. This is without a doubt one of the most real feeling movies I've ever seen. That in contrast to the awful life they have to live really hits a person hard. So end feelings are a mixture of catharsis and emptiness. This might be the only masterpiece that I'll only ever want to see once.
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06-16-13, 11:36 AM

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just like how i felt after watching The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
 
06-17-13, 6:00 PM

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to be honest no i didn't cry. truly a masterpiece tho.
 
07-19-13, 12:33 PM

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I heard from many reviews that everyone would start bawling their eyes out after watching this film, so I put it on my Netflix queue. My sister watched it first and cried... alot... My mom (who never watch anime, ever, at all) watched it next and she cried a bit.

I felt sad at the end when Setsuko died, but no tears. I got the "eye squinting" sad feeling. After telling that to my family members, they said that I was cold and emotionless >.>

So, I just started this thread to see how you guys felt after watching the movie. I added a poll too.


I didn't even find it depressing, to be honest. And I cry a lot on every shitty series I watch... It might sound weird but i have my explanation for this.

The movie was too realistic, but not in terms of emotions. - I don't think the movie was supposed to be a tearjerker. It has more of a documentary feel to it (like when you watch survival shows on Discovery) and for this reason I was unable to sympathize with the characters... They did not show any signs of depression, only momentarily panic, I would say. In fact, I found them both to be very optimistic and powerful. I can't say I felt pity because the brother was just awesome, he never really lost his cool, nor give in to emotions. There were plenty happy moments. The occasional deaths we have seen were in no way shocking or unexpected.
And unltimately... the death of Setsuko didn't build up too much emotions. She had always been a helpless little kid, something bad was to be expected + she never was too coherent as to clearly build her character and be able to actually care about her... she was just cute but cuteness alone isn't much of a heartbreaker.
 
08-17-13, 3:54 PM

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Watched it with my daughter and had to walk out of the room 'for a tissue'. Actually I was sobbing and I didn't want her to see me do this.
And no I did not feel depressed just very sad.
 
08-25-13, 5:20 PM

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A Bit Sad / Mildly Depressed (your vote)

I really like this movie and thought it was beautiful and compelling, but all of the things I've heard about it for so long were blown way out of proportion. Everywhere I went I'd see

"cried from dusk to dawn"
"I became an empty shell for a week"
"I hate living"
"I fell into depression for a month"
etc etc

I found it sad, but not life changing tragic.
 
10-12-13, 7:05 PM

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Cried so hard I threw up, because I was trying so hard not to start wailing. Nothing has ever made me feel the way this movie did, and the only things that come close are "Dancer in The Dark" and "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas"", though that movie more just left me open-jawed, saying "wtf" over and over because it was so F*cked up. My friend had told me to see this one, but I was nowhere in the realm of prepared for what ensued. I know he said it was very damn sad, but that is such an understatement it's ridiculous. I wish I had been warned a bit better, and not had to experience that with someone else who I'd rather not have seen me in that state. It was just.....he finally got them food....and ugh >.< I don't even want to think about it.
 
10-12-13, 7:06 PM

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As the movie goes on and you think more and more about what the characters were going through and put yourself in their shoes it hits you harder and harder!

If these were your children... your sister...brother...

After the movie I was walking around scratching my head going what the ****! for the next few hours. I had to go out and do something fun just to snap out of it.

I think if you keep an emotional distance to the characters and look at it simply as a cartoon you will miss out on so much of what this movie is about!
 
10-12-13, 7:47 PM

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The movie was too realistic, but not in terms of emotions. - I don't think the movie was supposed to be a tearjerker. It has more of a documentary feel to it (like when you watch survival shows on Discovery) and for this reason I was unable to sympathize with the characters... They did not show any signs of depression, only momentarily panic, I would say. In fact, I found them both to be very optimistic and powerful. I can't say I felt pity because the brother was just awesome, he never really lost his cool, nor give in to emotions. There were plenty happy moments. The occasional deaths we have seen were in no way shocking or unexpected.
And unltimately... the death of Setsuko didn't build up too much emotions. She had always been a helpless little kid, something bad was to be expected + she never was too coherent as to clearly build her character and be able to actually care about her... she was just cute but cuteness alone isn't much of a heartbreaker.


I couldn't have said it better, 'cause I didn't cry too.
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10-17-13, 1:52 PM

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I didn't even find it depressing, to be honest. And I cry a lot on every shitty series I watch... It might sound weird but i have my explanation for this.

The movie was too realistic, but not in terms of emotions. - I don't think the movie was supposed to be a tearjerker. It has more of a documentary feel to it (like when you watch survival shows on Discovery) and for this reason I was unable to sympathize with the characters... They did not show any signs of depression, only momentarily panic, I would say. In fact, I found them both to be very optimistic and powerful. I can't say I felt pity because the brother was just awesome, he never really lost his cool, nor give in to emotions. There were plenty happy moments. The occasional deaths we have seen were in no way shocking or unexpected.
And unltimately... the death of Setsuko didn't build up too much emotions. She had always been a helpless little kid, something bad was to be expected + she never was too coherent as to clearly build her character and be able to actually care about her... she was just cute but cuteness alone isn't much of a heartbreaker.

Thank you! This was exactly how I felt but I could never put it into words. Everyone would just write me off once I would say it's a war movie and war movies were meant to be like that.
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11-03-13, 1:51 AM

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Eh... unaffected, I guess. It was sad and all, but I really can't get into it.
 
03-21-14, 9:20 AM

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Nope didn't even feel sad. Was just left with an annoyed feeling cause it was so over-hyped for being the saddest thing ever and makes you cry so much you will be depressed for weeks afterwards. Bullshit.
 
05-16-14, 5:05 PM

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You guys have no hearts. I cried like a baby, and I'm proud I did. This is the saddest story I have ever had the pleasure to watch. I'm never going to be the same again after watching this. The death of Setsuko is heartbreaking... I wanted a happy ending god dammit :'(
 
05-23-14, 8:51 PM

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I dunno... I didn't really cry during this movie. The opening for the movie kind of spoiled the end for me. I already knew that Seita was going to die, and it was implied that Setsuko was going to die as well after seeing her ashes fall out of the can. It just frustrating to see him refuse to put their lives above his pride when they had the chance to return to their aunt's house at any time. Even after he saw her ribs at the doctor's office, nothing changed. The movie felt like a waiting game to see when Setsuko was finally going to die. If I hadn't known from the beginning of the ending, it probably would have had a bigger impact on me.
 
06-07-14, 2:02 PM

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Literally cried for half of the movie, bawling my eyes out...

but i doubt that it will be the same now, afterall I first saw this years ago...
 
07-05-14, 10:33 AM

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I watched the movie some time ago so I'm not sure anymore but surprisingly I don't think I cried...
Don't really know why even though I usually cry so easily watching stuffs...
 
07-25-14, 3:27 AM

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I watched this movie when I was about 6 and I cried so much. I watched it again few months ago and started to cry in the first 20 seconds of the movie.
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08-14-14, 10:54 PM

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I watched it at like just before midnight to about 1.30 ish. Everyone else had gone to bed while I was watching it. It was a nice movie, not "nice" as in kind, but a nice, like decent but not that terrible decent.

I got a little watery eyed at the start of the movie, but I soon was able to dry them and watch it. Towards the end, I started getting a bit watery eyed. Then when she died a little more. Then as it did those flashes of her when she was a live it started to build up, and I lost it when she was playing rock-paper-scissors with herself in the water. I was crying and all that.

But now after it ended and I've been able to calm down now I'm much better, so it's not much of a cry all night one, however I don't know if I'll be able to think hard on the rock-paper-scissors scene for a little while at least.

I think though had I watched it maybe in the day with people around, I might not have cried like I did, maybe a tear.

There's just something about the movie where, I'm not sure how to put it into words. It's like it keeps you at an arm's length.

I can't say I'll ever watch it again, but there you have it.
 
08-26-14, 11:13 AM

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No i didn't cry at all but it was a beautiful movie.
 
09-05-14, 7:31 PM

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Wow, i cant describe that i feel watching this, It simply perfect. Oh my god.
10/10
 
09-11-14, 11:40 AM

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No, I didn't. I didn't even enjoy it that much. I felt bad for the little girl, but that's about it.
I watched it alone, if that makes a difference.

Also, this is NOT an anti-war movie. People have been misunderstanding the movie's message for decades. Not even an interview with the creator managed to set things right.
 
09-18-14, 10:47 AM

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It made me cry, war is terrible.

I understand that the message is supposed to be that the deaths were the boy's fault for not following that farmer's advice and swallowing his pride. However he is like 12 and lost his mother, you can't blame him for trying and failing to live with his sister. Their story is tragic.

I thought their struggle to find happiness in such a bleak world was noble.
 
09-18-14, 10:52 AM

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I cried bathtubs of tears! I´m always quick to cry, I´m just weak like that. Hohohohoho!
 
09-22-14, 9:44 AM

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No I didnt cry. I didnt find it to be that sad to be honest.
 
09-30-14, 2:11 PM

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It was boring as fuck so no I didn't cry nor feel sad.
 
09-30-14, 2:14 PM

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I bawled my tears out for shure!

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You should let it all out while you still can.. because when you get bigger sometimes you can’t cry even if you have something to cry about."
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11-23-14, 11:13 AM

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It was one of the best movies i ever saw and i never want to see it again
 
12-06-14, 2:30 AM

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It was inevitable, their deaths, that is. Why would I cry?
 
12-10-14, 3:09 AM

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I teared up a few times but what really got me crying were the last ten minutes. Specifically the montage of Setsuko running around and the music during the credits were what did me in.
 
12-13-14, 2:25 PM

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Yes.
 
12-17-14, 7:42 AM

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No offense, but this movie should be more aptly named "an approach to lead your own sister to death during wartime".

I am not being a jerk. The boy clearly had too much pride in his meritocratic status for his own good, so much pride and nativity that his sister's death could almost be solely blamed on him, other accidental situations aside.

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I ddin't. Wasn't even sad, because all the misery was caused by his stupid pride. All I felt was anger.
Exactly, and the worst thing is, the boy never realized that his own pride is causing most of the harm. He went under minimal character development.

His emotions for his sister is genuine though.
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01-18-15, 2:28 PM

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i was on my period so i was already crying even before and i must say the movie didnt help stopping the tears ._.
 
04-16-15, 5:31 AM

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I didn't find it sad at all because it was predictable


 
04-23-15, 12:05 PM

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i have a little sister myself and im imagening that it would be the 2 of us.. that's a scare thought
 
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