Distribution Rights: Disney
Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
|Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Movie)|
Alternate Title: Kaze no Tani no
Description: In the far future, man has
destroyed the Earth in the "Seven Days of Fire". What's
left are poisonous forests where the air can kill a
person by getting into his/her lungs. These forests are
infested by giant insects that protect it and each other
fiercely. All that's left of humanity are nations that
go through constant political turmoil— except for the
peaceful Valley of Wind where a princess named Nausicaa
tries to understand, rather than destroy the Toxic
Jungle. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
| Reviewer: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
|| Nausicaa depicts a larger-than-life heroine in
an epic struggle in a post-apocalyptic world for the highest
of stakes: the survival of humanity. It is an impressive,
beautifully crafted, exciting, often exhilarating film, highly
recommended. What could be more exhilarating than watching
Nausicaa soar through the air on her one-woman motorized
The heroine, Princess Nausicaa, is sympathetic and
admirable. She is wise, brave, active, compassionate, and
empathic, but not quite perfect and saintly; she attacks
Torumekian soldiers in a rage after her father's murder.
Nausicaa has a very heavy burden on her young shoulders.
She must try to save her nation, the Valley of the Wind, from
being wiped out in the war between Torumekia and Pejite; also,
she must prevent the Torumekians from trying to destroy the
Toxic Forest, an action which (as Nausicaa alone realizes)
would doom all humanity. She would give her life to accomplish
these things, and it does seem unlikely she will survive.
The warfare between humanity and nature is one that
director Hayao Miyazaki would return to in Princess
Mononoke, and the Japanese trailers for Mononoke
called it a successor to Nausicaa.