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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) More at IMDbPro »Kaze no tani no Naushika (original title)

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Director:
Writers:
Hayao Miyazaki (comic)
Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 March 1984 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Miyazaki's epic masterpiece (2005 Disney release) See more »
Plot:
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The first of the 'canonical' Miyazaki films. See more (168 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Sumi Shimamoto ... Nausicaä (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ... Jihl (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ... Oh-Baba (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Yupa (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Mito (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Goru (voice)
Jôji Yanami ... 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)
Yôji Matsuda ... Asbel (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ... Rastel (voice)
Mugihito ... Mayor of Pejite (voice)
Akiko Tsuboi ... Rastel's Mother (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... Kushana (voice)
Iemasa Kayumi ... Kurotowa (voice)
Tetsuo Mizutori ... Commando (voice)
Takeki Nakamura ... Pejite Citizen (voice)
Takako Ôta ... Pejite Girl (voice)
Bin Shimada ... Pejite Citizen (voice)
Shinji Nomura ... Torumekia Soldier (voice)
Hisako Ayuhara ... Boy (voice)
Hôchû Ôtsuka ... Torumekia Soldier (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Newell Alexander ... (voice: English version)

Rosemary Alexander ... (voice: English version)
Tom Amundsen ... (voice: English version)

Stephen Apostolina ... (voice: English version) (as Steve Apostolina)

Emily Bauer ... Lastelle (voice: English version)

Jeff Bennett ... Gikuri (voice: English version)

Jodi Benson ... Lastelle's Mother (voice: English version)

Paul Butcher ... Child (voice: English version)
Mitch Carter ... (voice: English version)

Cam Clarke ... Prince Milo ('Warriors of the Wind' dub) (voice: English version)

Robert Clotworthy ... (voice: English version)

David Cowgill ... (voice: English version)
Wendy Cutler ... (voice: English version)

Jordan Del Spina ... (voice: English version) (as Jordan Orr)

Ashley Edner ... (voice: English version)

Ike Eisenmann ... (voice: English version)

Jean Gilpin ... (voice: English version)

Nicholas Guest ... (voice: English version)

Mark Hamill ... Mayor of Pejite (voice: English version)
Bridget Hoffman ... (voice: English version) (as Ruby Marlowe)
Sherry Hursey ... (voice: English version)

Rif Hutton ... (voice: English version) (as Riff Hutton)

Tony Jay ... Narrator (voice: English version)

Shia LaBeouf ... Asbel (voice: English version)

Alison Lohman ... Nausicaä (voice: English version)

Tress MacNeille ... Obaba (voice: English version)
Molly Marlette ... (voice: English version) (as Molly Keck)
Edie Mirman ... (voice: English version)

Richard Miro ... Child (voice: English version)

Edward James Olmos ... Mito (voice: English version)
Peter Renaday ... (voice: English version)
Aimee Roldan ... Child (voice: English version)

Grace Rolek ... Child (voice: English version)

Ashley Rose ... Pejite Peasant Girl (voice: English version)

Chris Sarandon ... Kurotowa (voice: English version)
Mark Silverman ... King Jihl (voice)

Ross Simanteris ... Child (voice: English version)

Patrick Stewart ... Lord Yupa (voice: English version)

James Arnold Taylor ... Muzu (voice: English version)

Uma Thurman ... Kushana (voice: English version)

Frank Welker ... Gol (voice: English version)

Lynnanne Zager ... (voice: English version)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
 
Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (comic)

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

Produced by
Rick Dempsey .... producer
Toru Hara .... executive producer
Michio Kondô .... executive producer
Ned Lott .... associate producer
Isao Takahata .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
 
Film Editing by
Naoki Kaneko 
Tomoko Kida 
Shôji Sakai  (as Shôji Saka)
 
Casting by
Ned Lott 
 
Art Direction by
Mitsuki Nakamura  (as Mitsuyoshi Nakamura)
 
Production Management
David Candiff .... post-production manager
 
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... supervising adr editor
Randy Coppinger .... adr recordist
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
William Komar .... adr recordist
Kazutoshi Satou .... sound effects editor
Shigeharu Shiba .... sound director
 
Animation Department
Hideaki Anno .... animator
Kazuo Ebisawa .... background artist
Tadashi Fukuda .... animator
Taidô Hanafusa .... inbetween artist
Yukiyoshi Hane .... animator (as Yoshiyuki Hane)
Takanori Hayashi .... animator
Umanosuke Iida .... inbetween artist
Junko Ikeda .... animator
Kazuhiro Ikeda .... inbetween artist
Kôji Iwai .... inbetween artist
Megumi Kagawa .... animator (as Ai Kagawa)
Yoshinori Kanada .... animator
Kazuhiro Kinoshita .... background artist
Kazuyuki Kobayashi .... animator
Kazuo Komatsubara .... character designer
Kazuo Komatsubara .... supervising animator
Noriko Kondô .... inbetween artist
Yôichi Kotabe .... animator
Kitarô Kôsaka .... animator (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Mahiro Maeda .... inbetween artist
Takayo Mizutani .... inbetween artist
Osamu Nabeshima .... animator
Kazuhisa Nagai .... inbetween artist
Takashi Nakamura .... animator
Yoshiko Nakamura .... inbetween artist
Kuniko Nishimura .... background artist
Toshio Nozaki .... background artist
Hidekazu Ohara .... animator
Tomihiko Okubo .... assistant animator
Shunji Saida .... animator
Kiyoko Saitô .... inbetween artist
Daijirô Sakamoto .... inbetween artist
Taira Sanuki .... inbetween artist
Yoshiko Sasaki .... inbetween artist
Sachiko Tada .... inbetween artist
Yumiko Taguchi .... inbetween artist
Sachie Takahashi .... inbetween artist
Noboru Takano .... animator
Tsukasa Tannai .... animator
Shôji Tomiyama .... animator
Takashi Watanabe .... animator
Yukari Watanabe .... inbetween artist
Junko Yano .... inbetween artist
Michiyo Yasuda .... color supervisor
Yasushi Yazawa .... inbetween artist
Masahiro Yoshida .... assistant animator
Tadakatsu Yoshida .... animator
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
 
Editorial Department
Cory Hansen .... post-production coordinator
Fukuo Suzuki .... color supervisor
 
Other crew
Cindy Davis Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Rick Dempsey .... dialogue director
Donald H. Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Hiroshi Morie .... planner: Nausicaa Production Committee
Hideo Ogata .... planner: Nausicaa Production Committee
Atsushi Okumoto .... planner: Nausicaa Production Committee
Noriko Takaya .... harmony process
Tatsumi Yamashita .... planner: Nausicaa Production Committee
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kaze no tani no Naushika" - Japan (original title)
"Warriors of the Wind" - USA (cut version)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for violence (edited version) (2004)
Runtime:
117 min | USA:95 min (edited version) (1985)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (blu-ray) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 | Germany:12 (uncut version) (2005) | Poland:(Banned) | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG (video) (2005) | UK:U (video) (cut version) (1986) | USA:PG (original version) | USA:PG (edited version) (2004)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
56,078 traditional "cels" were used in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the invasion of The Valley of the Wind one of the large carrier planes is seen moving backwards.See more »
Quotes:
Kushana:Nice valley. Think I'll keep it.See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

Is Nausicaä naked under her skirt?
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80 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
The first of the 'canonical' Miyazaki films., 18 September 2004
Author: Lupercali from Tasmania

The first thing to establish is that this is a science fiction epic. It has more in common with 'Dune' or any number of SF novels - Brian Aldiss's 'Hothouse' springs to mind for one- than it does with a typical western animated children's film. Therefore one's expectations should be a little different, and ultimately it was the SF aspect which gave the movie such a high grade in my books. Whereas it didn't have quite the emotional clout that I look for in an animated feature, it was a stupendously told SF story.

Technically not a Ghibli film (Miyazaki actually used the studio which did most of 'The Last Unicorn', and which more or less became Ghibli when 'Laputa' was made a couple of years later), 'Nausicaa' is a far-future SF story with a princess/warrior/nature-lover heroine and strong environmental themes. There's also an opposing princess/leader trying to use technology to overcome the apparently hostile environment. If you're starting to think 'Princess Mononoke', you'd be on the right track. In some ways 'Nausicaa' seems like an early stab in the direction of 'Mononoke', though the latter would delve far more into spirituality and mythology, eschewing the SF aspects.

There aren't really any major weak points in Nausicaa - unless you count the frustrating 12 drawings per second animation which I constantly complain about in Japanese animation. The backgrounds aren't as amazing and the animation not as good as the last few Ghibli films, but for 1984 it was plenty good enough. I have a fairly trivial complaint in that the character of Kuratowa is drawn in a slightly more 'anime' style, ala Lupin III, whereas all of the other characters are done in a realistic style. He just seems a little out of place, though he's quite delightfully drawn.

The really strong points of the movie are its pacing (at least until the very end. Miyazaki was unhappy with the end too), its story telling, which manages to be sophisticated without being impossibly complex, its engrossing background drawings and settings, - and most of all in the amazing attention to detail in the fully realized post-apocalypse SF-fantasy world in which the story is set. Every little thing is worked out and placed such that you find yourself admiring inventions, ideas, structures, creatures, etc which don't draw attention to themselves, but simply exist as part of the backdrop of the movie. Of course 'Nausicaa' had existed for several years as a serialised Manga, so Miyazaki no doubt knew its universe inside-out.

There's a very clever plot, which I won't give away, but which involves humanity's relationship with the Earth and nature.

It's the sort of movie which you can get thoroughly caught up in, and which will stand repeated viewings. It really is a film which is perfectly pitched at both a young and an adult audience. As Miyazaki's second feature film it is also, rightly or wrongly, usually considered the start of Studio Ghibli, and is arguably worth watching for historical reasons, too.

Not the very best from Miyazaki or Ghibli, but an auspicious beginning.

PS, in case you didn't know, there was a heavily butchered US version floating around called 'Warriors of the Wind', which is universally reviled as a disgrace. Just to make it confusing, some of the Japanese copies are also called 'Warriors of the Wind'. The thing to look for is the 116 minute running length. If you get that, you've got the right one. At the moment the only way you can get the film is in Japanese dialog with English subtitles. Personally I'd go ahead and do that, rather than wait while Disney squats on the US distribution rights (Amazon gives it a release date of 2010 for God's sake). You can always replace it later.

Good stuff.

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