Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Kaze No Tani No Naushika

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Nausicaa is the princess of a rural valley that lives at peace on the edge of a deadly fungal wasteland, until a ship carrying a weapon from a bygone industrial age crashes nearby. When warriors from a far country come to retrieve the artifact, their invasion draws Nausicaa and her people into a sprawling political conflict. Set 1,000 years after a global war that nearly destroyed all life on Earth.
Publisher: [United States] : Walt Disney Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2005
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 0788824002
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign NAUSICAA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (119 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Kaze no tani no Naushika


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1000 years after a great war destroyed civilization, a young princess must keep it from happening again. A beautiful and epic Japanese anime full of mutant creatures and decayed technology.

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Mar 12, 2014
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I never saw Nausicaa when I was younger so I won't have have any sort of bias due to nostalgia, and seeing how Studio Ghibli wasn't even properly formed when the film was released in 1984, I didn't go in with high expectations because it is not a Studio Ghibli movie. And as you can probably infer by my rating I thought the film was rather average. Unlike in Miyazaki's later film Princess Mononoke, the environmental message in this film is incredibly heavy handed and not very subtle, where as in Mononoke, there was no clear cut hero or villain (except for Jigo, he was more of a self serving free agent who didn't choose any side save his own), just two extremes fighting for what they thought was best for everyone, and while that sentiment is touched on here, the film's antagonists seem to make no secret their malice and apathy towards the people they claim to be helping. That's my biggest problem with the film, other problems include the awkward exposition (esp. during the first 15-20 minutes), the spotty dialog, the lack of complexity or depth in the characters and so forth, but even though the character of Nausicaa isn't that developed, she still stands as an excellent role model for kids (much like the character Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service), despite my gripes there are elements in the film that make it worth viewing. The animation is spectacular. Miyazaki has such a talent for creating worlds and atmosphere, even if the film is based on a previous work (The film is actually based on a manga that Miyazaki wrote in order to get the film produced). Also take note the music, this is Miyazaki's forst collaboration with Joe Hisaishi and it sounds wonderful, grand, and epic, matching the creative setting to a T, except maybe for this one track that sounds like a chorus of children, that was kind of grating. All in all while Nausicaa is not a terrible film, when you consider Miyazaki's other films, it's not quite up to snuff. The story is half cooked, the characters aren't very developed the writing is very clunky and awkward, it just seems to me like a small foot in the door for Miyazaki as a director to make way for his masterpieces.

Oct 28, 2013
  • David_Brons rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterpiece. One of Miyazaki's best.

Oct 10, 2013
  • KateHillier rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful movie to watch for Earth Day. Earth (or someplace like it) has been polluted to the point that humanity lives in pockets and growing food and getting clean water is a struggle. Nausicaa, princess of the people in the Valley of the Wind, has a special touch with the mutant insects that live in the Toxic Jungle. She's also a pacifist who wants nothing more for than the killing to stop and for everyone to just get along and work together with nature to make things better. it's a great little story, perhaps maybe a little long for the younger crowd but it really is wonderful and leaves you with a lot to think about.

Jun 13, 2013
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought it was OK and my younger sister LOVED IT!!!! This movie really depends on your tastes. If u enjoyed Princess Mononoke (which I personally have not seen), get this. Perfect match. But if you have younger children in your family who don't like to see blood,explosions, or complicated plots, try another. I was kind of confused with all the bug-monsters and violence and poison and who's against who and what the point of the story is, but then again I've only seen it once so I haven't had time to sort everything out in my mind. But don't take my word for it. This is an artistic and creative movie, everything I'd expect from a Ghibli film!!!!!!!!

Feb 26, 2013
  • danomcd rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not a bad movie - although it is amazing that Disney and some of the voice actors would ever go for this style of film

Jan 30, 2013
  • Nephry rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I think I read that this is actually Ghibli's first film. Not bad considering it was made in the eighties. Objectionable content: Some of the bug-monsters bleed, but it's blue.

Dec 05, 2012
  • ggilliam rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a beautifully animated film with a powerful message about tolerance and properly caring for the Earth. However, it does contain many violent scenes. I would recommend it for children ten or older as I don't think it would hold the attention of a younger audience. It is a fabulous film though.

Jun 19, 2012
  • ForbiddenValentine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing movie with a very powerful message. Definitely a must- watch for Miyazaki fans or any anime fans as a matter of fact.

Mar 09, 2012
  • outintheCountry rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

that movie is so heart changing, ill totally would watch it over many times and recommanded it to tons :) definatly worth it

This movie is so cool to watch because there is action, suspense, and a little romance. But i liked it because it made me think.

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Feb 27, 2013
  • Love_Legolas_111 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 08, 2009
  • kokosowe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A thousand years have passed since the collapse of industrialized civilization. A toxic jungle now spreads, threatening the survival of the last of the human race.


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