An animated fantasy-adventure. Set one thousand years from now, the Earth is ravaged by pollution and war. In the Valley of the Wind lives Nausicaä, 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
After the heavily re-written and edited 1985 release of this movie in the United States and Europe (as "Warriors of the Wind"), which substantially changed the movie, in addition to cutting nearly twenty-five minutes of footage, Writer and Director Hayao Miyazaki was hesitant to release any of his movies outside of Japan. Miyazaki demanded that any new licensor for his movies be contractually bound to do no edits whatsoever aside from a straight translation and dub. Disney (who bought the rights to all of Miyazaki's movies except Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)) has honored this stipulation. See more »
During the invasion of The Valley of the Wind one of the large carrier planes is seen moving backwards. See more »
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 »
The film had the Toei logo at the beginning when released in Japan in 1984 but unlike the World Wildlife disclaimer (which IS included in both Japanese and some non-US releases), the Toei logo was replaced in most subsequent video releases with either the Studio Ghibli logo or an older Tokuma Shoten/Hakuhodo logo. See more »
Now that everyone knows Miyazaki is a great talent and he has been doing many great stuff, his earlier works are internationally popular. After Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, Miyazaki's well deserved fame got huge. Since his fame increased, his older works has been taken from the drawers to upper shelves and this is leading to discussions of which of his works are better than which. Kaze no tani no Naushika has been compared many times with his Mononoke - hime, however regarding how Naushika formed a perfect background for the further works of Miyazaki, this comparison is not very fair. Kaze no tani no Naushika is the basis of Miyazaki's charming mastery which becomes more and more apparent in 1990s. It features one of the greatest heroines in anime history in an unusual sci-fi environment. The story of the film shows us how resourceful human imagination can be. What makes Naushika a cornerstone is not only this efficient story telling but also the visual fiesta that it has been presented in. So lose no time in comparing this film to another, instead savor it again and again.
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