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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Kaze no tani no Naushika (original title)
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

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Nausicaä (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ...
Jihl / Muzu (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ...
Oh-Baba (voice)
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Yupa (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Mito (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
Goru (voice)
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Gikkuri (voice)
Minoru Yada ...
Niga (voice)
Rihoko Yoshida ...
Teto / Girl C (voice)
Masako Sugaya ...
Girl A (voice)
Takako Sasuga ...
Girl B (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ...
Boy A (voice)
Tarako ...
Boy B (voice) (as TARAKO)
Yôji Matsuda ...
Asbel (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Rastel (voice)
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An animated fantasy-adventure. Set 1,000 years from now, the earth is ravaged by pollution and war. In the Valley of the Wind lives Nausicaa, princess of her people. Their land borders on a toxic jungle, filled with dangerous over-sized insects. Meanwhile two nearby nations are bitterly engaged in a war and the Valley of the Wind is stuck in the middle... Written by grantss

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Rated PG for violence | See all certifications »

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11 March 1984 (Japan)  »

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Nausicaä is the name of a character in Homer's Odyssey. See more »

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During the invasion of The Valley of the Wind one of the large carrier planes is seen moving backwards. See more »

Quotes

Nausicaä: [Trying to calm a wild Teto] There's nothing to fear...
[tries to pet him, but he bites her and holds on, growling]
Nausicaä: [winces, but says calmly] There's nothing to fear...
[He calms and releases his bite and begins to lick it]
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll we see life returning to normal in the valley: Kushana, Kurotowa and the Tolmekian fleet leave peacefully, after Nausicaä has unheard words for Kushana. The denizens of the Valley of the Wind replant trees in the burned-down forest. Lord Yupa and Asbel ride Yupa's beasts to the Toxic Jungle and explore it. When the text "The End" appears on screen we see Nausicaa's discarded helmet in the forest, alongside a green, non-Toxic Jungle sapling. See more »

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References Lupin the 3rd: Farewell My Beloved Lupin (1980) See more »

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Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Symbolic Theme Song)
Lyrics by Takashi Matsumoto
Music by Haruomi Hosono
Arranged by Mitsuo Hagita
Vocals by Narumi Yasuda (Tokuma Japan)
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A Miyazaki masterpiece
27 February 2005 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Brilliant, captivating, and sometimes just plain awesome are some of things that come to mind while watching yet another one of Miyazaki's epic tales: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds. Deliberately slow-moving at points, yet undeniably exciting in and out of it's action sequences, it's one of those animes (a Japanese animated movie or show) that deserve a second viewing, and a fantastic introduction to anime itself.

Without revealing too much of the plot, it takes us through the life of Nausicaa, a princess of a small village, and her struggles to stop warring nations from destroying an important source that can save the planet. The planet has already gone through a major destruction that nearly wiped out humanity, and their are large insects called ohmu, that guard the source that is spreading through the world.

Miyazaki introduces an empowerment of female characters in his animes, such as Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and his most recent, Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro). The characters are done with style and care, and, in Nausicaa, there is no exception.

It amazes me that this film created some controversy when released, being banned in Poland because of it's depiction of an ecological disaster. Though the movie is obviously fantasy, it turns out that some may consider it a touchy subject. I didn't find any offense whatsoever with anything the movie showed, just a futuristic disaster no doubt caused by man.

Combining fantasy and science-fiction, Nausicaa is nice to look at. It certainly shows it's age when compared to some newer animes, not having the help from high-end computers. Considering it was done in the 80's, Miyazaki's production team did a great job. Little details, backgrounds, gadgets, & animals are drawn slightly better then some Japanese animes from that time.

Keep in mind that my review is based on the Disney release (Feb 2005). It's cleaned up, unedited, with new voices from well known actors that sound great (but I still prefer subtitles). Keep far away from the old version 'Warriors of the Wind', which chops off more then half-hour from the movie.

9 out of 10


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