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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Review

Updated on January 27, 2018
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Joseph Lawrence (25) grew up in the New York area and is a recent college grad in Film Studies. He is a huge film buff and loves horror!

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

What is Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind about?

Originally based off of the 1982 manga created by Isao Takahata, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (directed by Hayao Miyazaki) is about a post-apocalyptic world with a toxic jungle so vast, it covers the world with giant mutated insects. It's been a thousand years, since the Seven Days of Fire and civilization is no more. However, there's a prophecy. A savior dressed in blue, will walk on gold fields and lead the remainder of the population to purer lands. But a destructive and combative kingdom threatens the peaceful valley by attempting to resurrect an ancient evil.

Nausicaä flying on her futuristic glider.
Nausicaä flying on her futuristic glider.

How Is It?

The film has great audio and is even better at portraying Dystopian life. Through some clever audio mixing, people who explore toxic jungles wear masks and their speech is given a nice hollow sound. And although bleak, the princess's story and the way she cares for her people shines a light in this dark story. More exciting is the technology featured. Nausicaä uses a futuristic glider to fly around and drift on wind all while being propelled forward by it's high-tech thrusters.

Another compelling factor is the Princess's ability to communicate with creatures and animals. She's able to sooth the most savage of creatures. Plus, the enemies in the movie range from human to insect to giant robot. Everyone or everything is a potential threat.

Nausicaä in the toxic jungle.
Nausicaä in the toxic jungle.

Pro's and Con's

Here are some pro's and con's for anything I may have missed:

Pro's

  • Good Dub
  • Fantastic soundtrack and audio mix
  • Amazing Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Con's

  • May require more than one watch to fully understand the story
  • Too much history

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Simply said, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an epic journey. Are you into science and fantasy. Post-apocalyptic worlds? However, beware that taking on such a film requires effort on your part in understanding the story. There's a vast history in the world that the film takes place in and not everything will be clear. This is when I recommend, you pick up the manga and give that a read as it will definitely make the story more enjoyable. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is 117 minutes and on DVD and Blu-ray.

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