Christopher Cashell (topher) wrote,
Christopher Cashell

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Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind


I just saw a commercial for Kaze no Tani no Naushika (IMDB), better known as Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind ( It's almost hard to how excited I am by this. I've been wanting this for almost 20 years, since I first saw the horribly mangled and cut bastardization of it, Warriors of the Wind1. Even as mangled and horrible as it is, I saw the beautiful animation and imagined the potential behind it. When I found out later that it had been hacked, I managed to acquire a fansub of the uncut Nausicaa, and it was everything I'd hoped for. I also later got the whole Manga, and found out there is so much more to the story (The Nausicaa Manga is, in Japan, on the level of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (and deservedly so)).

At that time, there where no Ghibli Studio films available in the US, as Hiyao Miyazaki, the "main man" behind Ghibli, had been so upset at the treatment that Nausicaa got with Warriors of the Wind that he flat out refused to allow any of his other films to be released outside of Asia.

It wasn't until 1999, when Princess Mononoke was released in the US that I began to hold out the barest glimmer of hope that some of the other Ghibli films might get released in the US. Then a few others followed (Kiki, Totoro, etc), and Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award.

Princess Mononoke is actually the #3 top grossing movie in Japan. #2 is Titanic, and #1 is Spirited Away.

All of the movies by Miyazaki are great, but Nausicaa is truly amazing. I strongly encourage anyone who hasn't seen it (which is likely everyone ;-), to see it. I would easily rank it among my top half dozen all time favorite movies. Even those who don't care for Anime will likely enjoy it.

I had a lot more I was planning to put here, because I really think that highly of this film, but I've been awake for 28 hours, and I'm afraid I'm not really at my best right now. I'll revisit this later with more information. If you want more information about it, check out the URLs above, or just go to http:/, which has tons of great information on Nausicaa, and Miyazaki's other films.

Nausicaa is to be released on Tuesday. I can't stress enough how good it is, and I encourage you all to pick it up. ;-)

[1] In 1986, an American company gained the rights to distribute Nausicaa. Unfortunately, they decided that the only way we would like it would be if they mangled it by cutting over 20 minutes and destroying the plot, to make it more "action oriented", and "kid friendly". This hack job is horrible and should be avoided at all costs, especially now that an uncut version is being released. Heck, if you look at the cover, you see images and characters that don't even exist in the film.
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