Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

logoDirector: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay) Hayao Miyazaki (Comic)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyoda, Goro Naya, Ichiro Nagai, Kohei Miyauchi, Joji Yanami


Plot: In the far future, man has destroyed the Earth in the “Seven Days of Fire”. Now, there are small pockets of humanity that survive. One pocket is the Valley of Wind where a princess named Nausicaä tries to understand, rather than destroy the Toxic Jungle.


Verdict: Impressively Intelligent Story Telling


Story: Looking once again at how the Japanese believe we should be at one with the world, this shows the importance of not destroying the nature around us. We have the two warring nation who believe violence in the answer living next to a community that believes peace will solve the problems. We see how one Princess stands up for what she believes in putting everything at risk but knowing that she knows what will save the world. Really this is an important message to the world and this came from the mid-80s before bigger named films such as Avatar. (9/10)


Character Review


Nauicaa: The princess, who is at one with the forest, understands what is going on and has a plan to stop the full destruction of Earth. She is a fighter and a great idol for the generation of people who don’t fight for things. (10/10)


Oh-Baba: The wise blind old lady who believes in the prophecy that one day a saviour will come to save the day. Good if not typical support character we like to see in these stories as they offer a chance to learn more history of the situation. (9/10)


Yupa: A traveller who comes from the valley, he is also a master swords man feared across the world. Good supporting character that adds plenty to the heroines fight. (9/10)


Kushana: Leader of one of the warring nation who takes over the valley with her plan for final battle against the insects. Good leader character that reflects the heroine’s ideas perfectly. (9/10)


Asbel: A prince from the other warring nation that learns what they are doing is wrong and tries to help our heroine before it is too late. (9/10)


Director Review: Hayao Miyazaki – The master delivers a great addition to all his work. (9/10)


Adventure: Great sense of adventure throughout. (9/10)

Animation: Early animated film that tells a more important story that many others of the time. (10/10)

Settings: Each setting looks beautiful giving each part of the story something extra because every corner will create something special. (10/10)

Suggestion: I think this is one to be watching, it will be rewarding for all that see it. (Watch)


Best Part: Animation is brilliant

Worst Part: Not many people will see it.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

Trivia:Hayao Miyazaki was so upset by the original international cut version that he sent a samurai sword to the Executive as Disney with a simple note which read ‘No cuts’.


Overall: Stunning Animated Film

Rating 92

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