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Kaze No Tani No Naushika

English Title: Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind

Kaze No Tani No Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, Nausicań) (1984) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film Kaze No Tani No Naushika

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  • Hakuhodo, Tokuma Shoten, Nibariki, T˘ei
  • Animated Characters: Nausicań, Jihl, Oh-Baba, Yupa, Mito, Goru, Gikkuri, Niga, Teto, Asbel, Rastel, Mayor of Pejite, Rastel's Mother, Kushana, Kurotowa, Commando, Pejite Citizens, Pejite Girl, Torumekia Soldiers.
  • Awards: Best Short Film, Fantafestival, Rome, 1985.
  • Originally Released in 1984.
  • Running Time: 116 minutes.
  • Color
  • Japan  Japan

Alternate Titles:

Alternate Titles: "風の谷のナウシカ" and "Kaze No Tani No Nausicań."
English Titles: "Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind," "Nausicań," "Nausicaa," "Warriors of the Wind."

Cartoon Production Information:

Based on a short segment of Hayao Miyazaki's 1982 manga, which was originally serialized in "Animage" magazine.

The film draws on several sources, including the Japanese folk tale "The Princess Who Loves Insects," and, for scenes beneath the Sea of Corruption, the 1959 movie adaptation of Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth." An opening montage parodies Disney's "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" (1971), ending with Nausicaä in flight instead of a witch.

This film, like much of his later work, reflects Miyazaki's deep concern about man's relationship with the environment.

For two decades after this film was released, it polled high in Japanese top-10 lists.

Imitators included "Green Legend Ran." Even films with little connection, such as "Wind of Amnesia" and "Wings of Honneamise," had their titles changed to resemble "Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind" in an attempt to get the Japanese audience to buy more tickets.

The 1986 U.S. release as "Warriors of the Wind" was edited to 95 minutes, a version not recognized by Miyazaki. After this occurred, Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli became very cautious about allowing dubs of their works. Under the distribution deal with Disney, the only changes allowed are dubbing (and lyrics to the songs). Nausicaa was finally released in English in 2004.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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It's by Studio Ghibli and therefore excellent. See BCDB for summary of plot. It won an award in 1984, but seems new and fresh in 2010. It's an example of the best of anime- well-plotted, well-drawn, adventurous, but still joyful and poignant. ...  (read more)

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