Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by... read more
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The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. Like most Studio Ghibli films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. Once the hallucinogenic strangeness of shape and color has been accepted, there is light, growth and life everywhere. Huge dragonfly-like creatures are accompanied by wonderful, evocative sounds of flight and movement. The lethal fungus plants glow, shimmer and shed spores like silent gleaming snowfalls. This is a film not to be missed.

Original Release

03/11/1984

US Release

06/13/1985

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Cast

Sumi Shimamoto Nausicaä (voice) / Nausicaä
Mahito Tsujimura Jihl (voice) / Jihl / Muzu
Goro Naya Yupa (voice) / Yupa
Ichiro Nagai Mito (voice) / Mito
Kohei Miyauchi Goru (voice) / Goru
Jôji Yanami Gikkuri (voice) / Gikkuri
Minoru Yada Niga (voice) / Niga
Rihoko Yoshida Girl C (voice) / Teto / Girl C
Yoji Matsuda Asbel (voice) / Asbel
Mina Tominaga Rastel / Lastel (voice)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Hayao Miyazaki

Writers

Hayao Miyazaki, Kazunori Itô

Cast

Sumi Shimamoto Nausicaä (voice) / Nausicaä
Mahito Tsujimura Jihl (voice) / Jihl / Muzu
Goro Naya Yupa (voice) / Yupa
Ichiro Nagai Mito (voice) / Mito
Kohei Miyauchi Goru (voice) / Goru
Jôji Yanami Gikkuri (voice) / Gikkuri
Minoru Yada Niga (voice) / Niga
Rihoko Yoshida Girl C (voice) / Teto / Girl C
Yoji Matsuda Asbel (voice) / Asbel
Mina Tominaga Rastel / Lastel (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara Kushana (voice) / Kushana
Iemasa Kayumi Kurotowa (voice) / Kurotowa
Tetsuo Mizutori Commando (voice) / Commando
Cam Clarke Prince Milo ('Warriors of the Wind' dub)
Shia LaBeouf Asbel
Alvy Moore King Jihl ('Warriors of the Wind' dub)
Susan Davis Princess Zandra ('Warriors of the Wind' dub)
Linda Gary Queen Salena ('Warriors of the Wind' dub) / Old Lady ('Warriors of the Wind' dub)
Masako Sugaya Girl A (voice) / Girl A
Takako Sasuga Girl B (voice) / Girl B

Producers

Michio Kondô Executive Producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer
Toru Hara Executive Producer
Hiroshi Morie Executive Producer
Hideo Ogata Executive Producer
Tatsumi Yamashita Executive Producer
Tadashi Okumoto Executive Producer
Rick Dempsey Producer
Isao Takahata Producer
Ned Lott Producer
Riley Jackson Producer
Toru Hara Producer
Masaya Tokuyama Producer
Toshio Suzuki Producer

Editors

Naoki Kaneko, Tomoko Kida, Shôji Sakai

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