Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a landmark anime film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based off of a manga by the same name that was made by Miyazaki.
The film takes place one thousand years after the "Seven Days of Fire." This catastrophe destroyed human civilization and most of Earth's original ecosystem. A few scattered human settlements survive, but they are isolated from each other by the Sea of Decay (a lethally toxic jungle of fungus that is swarming with giant insects).
Nausicaa is the princess of the Valley of the Wind, and she possesses an unusual gift for communicating with the giant insects in the Sea of Decay (where she will go, while wearing a mask, to conduct scientific research). The valley is threatened when another state unearths a God Warrior embryo; the God Warriors were one of the giant, biological weapons used in the ancient war. The embryo is stolen by another state, and this state's ship crashes into the valley while transporting the embryo. The people of the valley are forced into armed resistance, and Nausicaa must find a way to bring a resolution to the situation.
This DVD release contains two DVDs. The second DVD just includes the storyboard version of the film. The first disc contains three extras: a "Behind the Microhpone" documentary (interviews with the English dub cast), a documentary entitled "The Birth of Studio Ghibli," and the original theatrical and TV trailers for Nausicaa. The documentary was very informative, but I was disappointed that Disney decided to overdub English over the Japanese audio, instead of leaving the Japanese audio and putting subtitles on the screen.
The film is wonderfully done, and utilizes its environmental undertones well. The writing, storytelling, lush animation, and music combine together to make this film a masterpiece.
Pros: Very unique; love many of the concepts; chocobos! Cons: Some typical Miyazaki stylings; may not be for everyone The Bottom Line: While a little like Princess Mononoke and with bad guys who never get the comeuppance you wish they would, it's your usual Miyazaki style, but with a pretty cool storyline. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Id read a review a few months ago on Nausicaa … more
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Hayao Miyazaki's epic, environmentally conscious anime, takes viewers on a voyage through time and space to the magical and dreamlike Valley of the Wind, where good battles evil for the future of the human race. Faced with almost certain destruction of her planet's natural resources, the warrior Princess Nausicaa must rally her people against an evil queen's brutal army to bring a new life to her homeland. Reminiscent of works by J.R.R. Tolkien, this story of responsibility, coming of age, peace, and redemption has proven to be one of the legendary Miyazaki's most enduring works. As opposed to the earlier release of this film, titled WARRIORS OF THE WIND, this release stays true to Miyazaki's original work.