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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

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

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Hayao Miyazaki

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Hayao Miyazaki (based on the manga by), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sumi Shimamoto ... Nausicaä (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura Mahito Tsujimura ... Jihl / Muzu (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ... Oh-Baba (voice)
Gorô Naya ... Yupa (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Mito (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ... Goru (voice)
Jôji Yanami ... Gikkuri (voice)
Minoru Yada Minoru Yada ... Niga (voice)
Rihoko Yoshida Rihoko Yoshida ... Teto / Girl C (voice)
Masako Sugaya Masako Sugaya ... Girl A (voice)
Takako Sasuga Takako Sasuga ... Girl B (voice)
Chika Sakamoto Chika Sakamoto ... Boy A (voice)
Tarako Tarako ... Boy B (voice) (as TARAKO)
Yôji Matsuda Yôji Matsuda ... Asbel (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ... Rastel (voice)
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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 grantss

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Now, the birth of a fresh, deep emotion... a romantic message to you from the future! See more »


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Rated PG for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

25 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warriors of the Wind See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$495,770, 23 May 2019
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Runtime:

| (1985) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The disastrous "Warriors of the Wind" dub left its cast without any billing. Amongst the unnamed actors from that cast Cam Clarke was Asbel (name changed to Milo) and Susan Davis was Nausicaä (name changed to Zandra). See more »

Goofs

The swarm of bugs chasing after Asbel briefly change color at one point. See more »

Quotes

Asbel: Why does everything that's good for you have to taste so bad?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Released in the US and Europe in 1985 as "Warriors of the Wind". This version removed nearly 25 minutes of footage (including the entire opening credits sequence, much of Nausicaa exploring the toxic jungle, Yupa and Nausicaa's discussion in her laboratory, flashbacks of young Nausicaa defending the baby Ohmu, Asbel and Nausicaa's dialogue about the nature of the poisonous forest, several sequences leading up to the God Soldier, and the entirety of the ending credits montage save for the very last shot of Nausicaa's hat). In addition, character names were changed and most of the dialogue was completely rewritten with no regard for the film's plot. See more »

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Referenced in Castle in the Sky (1986) See more »

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A Masterpiece of Animated Cinema
25 May 2005 | by mahlersoboesSee all my reviews

Director Hayao Miyazaki won a place in my heart after I saw his 2001 film Spirited Away. I'm in no position to claim to be an expert on Miyazaki (I've only seen three of his films), nor am I really a big fan of Japanese animation; but I can safely say that Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of the very best animated films I have ever seen. The beauty of the animation is stunning, with its close attention to detail--every frame is constructed as a work of art--and the story is enthralling. As with other Miyazaki films, the majority of characters are much more three-dimensional that you typically get in Western animated features, and nearly all of them aren't exactly what they seem to be.

Nausicaä, which is based on Miyazaki's gargantuan Manga series, is set in the distant future, after fires destroyed much of the earth. The world is being consumed by the Sea of Decay, a toxic forest that spreads through airborne spores and is protected by giant insects called ohmu. The Valley of the Wind is one of the last pure places on earth, and its Princess, Nausicaä, is a strong-willed yet free-spirited young woman seeking to solve the mystery of the Sea of Decay. A nearby nation, which claims to have harnessed the power that allowed humans to rule the earth a thousand years before, takes over after a plane carrying a mysterious living cargo crashes in the valley. What follows in the film is a struggle, not of good versus evil, but of man versus nature. The story is complex, as is its message, and Miyazaki has ingeniously spun deep complexities into the animated characters: what look like foes may not be, and what look like friends may be a bit more dangerous.

The animation is colorful, sweeping, expansive, and beautiful, as are the plot and characters. There is an immediacy to the story that makes a big emotional impact and makes us question how we handle our position in nature. As one of the characters in the film asks, have humans become but a tribe destined to be swallowed by the Sea of Decay? It is ultimately a film about compassion in the face of violence and war, which is what makes it so different from Western features.

Disney's recent DVD release is excellent. The film can be watched either in the original Japanese audio or Pixar's dub with Patrick Stewart and Uma Thurman, and there are separate subtitles for each language track--a literal one (hallelujah!) for the Japanese track, and a more closed-captions style set for the English track. The film is so stunning in the Japanese that I have never considered watching the dub, though a fellow film buff has said that it is "not so bad." After this film was released in the US in the 1980s in a completely mangled version called Warriors of the Wind, Miyazaki suspended all US rights of all his other films until the distributor would honor the stipulation that they be released without any editing. The fact that Disney, which is known for watering down nearly everything it touches, has done this with such a non-Western-style movie is amazing.


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