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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nausicaä (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ... Jihl / Muzu (voice)
... Oh-Baba (voice)
... Yupa (voice)
... Mito (voice)
... Goru (voice)
... 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)
... 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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Nausicaä's courage and love of nature and all living things burst out. See more »


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Rated PG for violence | See all certifications »

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11 March 1984 (Japan)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The climatic God Soldier scene was animated by Hideaki Anno, who would soon go on to make a name for himself at the Gainax studio. See more »

Goofs

When Nausicaa is underneath the toxic jungle, and she goes under a hole through which the sand passes, Teto disappear from her shoulder, and then in the next shot, he reappears on her. See more »

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Nausicaä: Every one of us relies on water from the wells, because mankind has polluted all the lakes and rivers. but do you know why the well water is pure? It's because the trees of the wastelands purify it! And you plan to burn the trees down? You must not burn down the toxic jungle! You should have left the giant warrior beneath the earth!... Asbel, tell them how the jungle evolved and how the insects are gaurding it so we won't pollute the earth again. Asbel please!
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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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Referenced in Castle in the Sky (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

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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THE film to challenge people's assumptions about anime.
19 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw the dubbed version years ago and, even in that form, was taken by the imaginative visuals, interesting storyline, and worthwhile characters. I was also impressed by the fact the lead character was a strong young woman, who was a "warrior" yet whose greatest strength lay in her compassion (rather than striving to become a female Rambo.)

I tracked down a copy of the VHS and sent it to my young nieces, pleased with a "kid's" movie which provided a positive role model without being dumb. The movie captivated them as well -- they wore the tape out, and it started them on a lifelong interest in anime. It was they who sent me the uncut subtitled version years later, completing the circle.

Nausicaa is decent science fiction, often breath-taking animation, and unusually *human* characters, and every time I see it I am glad I returned. Everyone should give it a chance, especially those who have written off anime as "round eyed kids and lots of explosions".


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