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Kayoko is a nine-year-old girl in 1940 Tokyo, with a poor extended family that includes three brothers and a grandmother. She plays in her neighborhood but is bullied by other children, though she is protected by her kindly big brother Kisaburo. By 1944, Kayoko is caring for another brother, the newest addition to the family, while fear of air raids eventually results in her evacuation to live with her aunt in rural Numazu. From the hilltop, she can see the distant lights of Tokyo, until the night of March 10, 1945, when the city glows with the fires of an American bombing. All Kayoko's family are killed except Kisaburo, and the now-teenage girl returns to her old home one last time to say farewell to her childhood. Based on the autobiography of Kayoko Ebina, who also wrote the novel Wolf of Downtown, this tale follows the lead of Grave of the Fireflies, telling a war story through the eyes of a child. It also bears an uncanny resemblance to director Arihara's earlier Raining Fire. Shown on a double bill with the short On a Paper Crane and given a limited foreign release through subtitled showings at film festivals. In 2005, the story was remade as the anime feature film A Brighter Tomorrow: Half a Sweet Potato (Ashita Genki ni Naare: Hanbun no Satsumaimo), directed by Shinichi Nakata, which concentrated more on the horror of the air raids and Kayoko's search for her brother in the ruins. The remake was one of several movies, including Glass Rabbit and Nagasaki 1945: The Angelus Bell, put into production to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.