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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind [DVD]

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  • Directors: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Producers: Isao Takahata
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ANVNH6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Classic Japanese anime feature directed by Hayao Miyazaki, set in a distant future after human civilisation has been wiped out in a global war known as the Seven Days of Fire. In the isolated Valley of the Wind, Princess Nausicaä (voice of Sumi Shimamoto) rules over a small group of survivors, the valley bordered on all sides by a toxic jungle guarded by monstrous insect creatures. This equilibrium is about to be disturbed though, as a new struggle for earthly domination threatens to unfold.

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This is honestly up there with my top 5 Studio Ghibli movies, the story, the characters, the settings, the designs, the meanings, everything about it, absolutely gorgeous, for what is technically their first movie, they did amazing! I would definitely recommend it to everyone!
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My daughter loved it. Thank you.
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Love it!
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I love anime films. Especially Studio Ghibli films. Tending to be a bit drawn towards the more cutesy stuff, I was originally put off Nausicaa, until I had watched most of the others. Thankfully, I finally bought it the other day.
I have to say...this is probably the best film I have ever seen. There is a lot of violence and stuff similar to Princess Mononoke, but this is perfectly balanced by grace and beauty in form of Princess Nausicaa. From the very beginning I was really impressed (especially as she has a cute little sidekick).
This film is really emotional as well as being insanely capturing. Because it was originally released in 1984, the music is quite techno and amusing, but this doesn't really affect the quality of the movie.
I was absolutely taken with this film, and if you enjoy any anime's and animations at all, especially Studio Ghibli, I recommend this.
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Although less well-known than later Ghibli films such as Spirited Away, Nausicaa is (in my opinion) just as good as these films, and probably better in some respects.

For those who didn't know, Nausicaa was originally a manga by Miyazaki, which he was persuaded to make into a film. The manga is actually very different to the anime, so is well worth checking out if you enjoyed the film but were put off the books due to fears of buying the same story (which I have done with some "film comics" in the past...)

The first thing that struck me about this film was the quality of the imagery. It was made in 1984, and back then the art hadn't really been developed very far, plus the team was on a tight budget, so what they have managed to do is very impressive, and still stands up to scrutiny today. The opening shots are very effective at setting the tone of the film, with ruined villages offset by lush jungle and sweeping barren plains. The art style is consistent throughout, although occasionally the characters seem a little too cartoony against the more detailed backgrounds.

The story is quite complicated, and I didn't get all of it the first time around. The film is set 1000 years after a global war that destroyed almost all of civilisation. The few remaining humans have survived alongside the Sea of Decay (Poison Jungle in some versions), that covers most of the planet, and is ruled by giant insects called ohmu. The titular Nausicaa is the princess of the Valley of the Wind, a small, peaceful kingdom by the sea. It is the wind blowing from the sea that prevents the jungle's spores coming into their land, and the people lead happy, safe lives alongside the Sea of Decay.
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a fantastic and beautiful film, great quality and a truly fantastic story. la lal al al la laaaaaa! la l al al al laaaaa
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When I first saw this film it was called Valley of the Winds. I looked for this film on and off since first seeing it in the 1980's. Then amazon suggested a film to buy. I looked the desciption and disovered it was the same film, with a different title. This is a wonderful imaginative film and seeing it again after all these years is great. I have shown it to my children and they all love it. The story line for a lot of Studio Gibli films are far superior to anything else you will see.
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For foreigners, this title came later than Princess Monomoke and Spirited Away. But for Japanese, this one was the Miyazaki's first original feature film, which was released in 1984 and I saw it then. Many in my generation in Japan still believe this is his greatest film.

After 25 years later, this movie still gives me the same strong inspiration: all of his consistent messages are here already. Nausicca embodies the greatest of human being: love and care for every creature without any preconception or discrimination; pure mind to see what is the most important things which make all of us to co-exist in the world; and courage to act on her belief. I always think of her when I hear all the difficulties which we are facing now for climate change and sustainability.

Mitazaki directed various TV cartoon series in Japan during the 1970s and I grew up with them (how lucky!). Of course, I did not care who was making these great anime shows. Many were broadcasted in other countries, so you may know them. I just enjoyed their beautiful stories, drawings and music. His first feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro, was released in 1979 in Japan (a very fun movie, although the story was not his original, I do strongly recommend this one too. This was the film version of a very popular TV anime series in Japan, Lupin the Third).

I do not go into the content of this film because other people already explained beautifully, but I really recommend Nausicca to everyone as the origin of Miyazaki films.

This film was also the first collaboration between Miyazaki and Joe Hisaishi (his music composer and director). Joe was very little known in Japan before this movie, but this film's immense success made him one of the most successful composers in Japan too! Please enjoy his music as well.
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