Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) at a glance
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) is a post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his own manga of the same name. This film was produced and released before the official launch of Studio Ghibli and it is in fact the studio began after the success of this film. However, it is always considered as one of its films having been included in various merchandises such as Studio Ghibli Collection DVDs and Blu-rays.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Trailer
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Synopsis
After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains as one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaa, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Review
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) is otherworldly. Yes, that's the word that I find myself writing repeatedly on a paper when I am reviewing this for my blog. Out of this world, sophisticated; this film I am watching is not something ordinary. I tried to watch this film from 80s perspective because it may not be fair to judge or compare it with recent films. Not like I know how exactly people in the 80s would feel and react to it but there is not much flaws that I could criticise and I actually found out that this film is truly artistic, it is still able captivate its audience until today.
What is more, Studio Ghibli brought the standard for anime films to another level with this film and it deserves a lot of respect. This film is also quite beautiful for a 1980s animated film and it has strong harmony and ecological concern message. Certainly, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) is one of the best adventure films I have ever watched! It is lovely, enriching and I am fascinated with its characters, world creations and gigantic insects! If it has a chance to be reproduced and remake in a larger scale, I think it can be as epic as Lord of the Rings series!
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Who will like this?
Anime lovers, adventure lovers and definitely Studio Ghibli fans!
PS. People with severe fear of insects may not like this film though.
Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Details of the movie
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Isao Takahata
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Koji Shiragami
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Sumi Shimamoto, Gorō Naya, Yōji Matsuda, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Iemasa Kayumi
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toei Company, Disney
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Anime Fantasy Sci-Fi
Running time: 117 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: Not sure.