Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
Release Year: 1984
Rating: 8.1/10 (32,568 voted)
Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda
In the far future, man has destroyed the Earth in the "Seven Days of Fire". Now, there are small pockets of humanity that survive. One pocket is the Valley of Wind where a princess named Nausicaä tries to understand, rather than destroy the Toxic Jungle. Note that the old US release titled Warriors of the Wind is an entirely kiddiefied version which edits the original movie heavily, thus creating an entirely different story. -Andre
Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki
A band of young warriors on the wings of their greatest challenge! (USA 1986 "Warriors of the Wind")
Release Date: 11 March 1984
(edited version) (1985)
Did You Know?
Hayao Miyazaki was so upset by the original international cut version that he sent a samurai sword to the Executive at Disney with a simple note which read: "No cuts."
During the invasion of The Valley of the Wind one of the large carrier planes is seen moving backwards.
I suggest you surrender. There is no ship coming to rescue you.
This guy is tough…
A masterpiece, if you can find the real version
First off, let me state emphatically that I'm referring to the REAL version
of the film, not the pathetic crippled creature distributed as "Warriors of
the Wind" on video. Although I must admit that I first fell in love with the
movie in that form, I have now seen the full subtitled version, and I place
a hideous curse on those who hacked over 20 minutes from its running time.
Although the incredible "Princess Mononoke" later upstaged this early work
in terms of art and detail, in many ways I still prefer "Nausicaa". Its
imaginitive and well-conceived world puts me in mind of Dune with its
feuding factions, its giant creatures, and its strong ecological message.
Even with a rather long running time, the story moves very briskly (boiled
down as it was from a very lengthy manga series). The music deserves special
mention, as well, as it is a large step up from the electronic pop stylings
of most anime.
If you can get your hands on a copy of the original version, you'll find it
more than worth the effort.