NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF WIND (KAZE NO TANI NO NAUSHIKA)

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Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki 1984 | 116 min.

Section: Studio Ghibli Retrospective

Premiere: Return Engagement


Synopsis

Centuries after war has devastated the earth, Princess Nausicaa leads the people of the Valley of the Wind. Feuding clans fight with planes and tanks as well as swords in a world that is both primitive and futuristic. In addition to her people's conflicts with other factions, Nausicaa must also contend with the insects of the jungle including the Ohmu, a race of giant, intelligent bugs that poisons the surrounding atmosphere - and is spreading rapidly.

The setting of this 1984 animation owes much to the post-apocalypse genre spawned by Mad Max and other films, and the political subplot is often compared to Frank Herbert's Dune. However, the heroine here has more in common with the female protagonists of the Disney musicals such as Pocohantas and Mulan; Nausicaa is more concerned with harmony and communication than with conquest and revenge. Sympathetic to the Ohmu, she learns she must approach them with understanding to achieve peace and restore the dying world. This film is beautifully animated and written, and the moral to this ecological fable is difficult to miss.

Synopsis written by: Jonathan E. Laxamana

Screenings

Saturday, October 20 1:30 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Hayao Miyazaki
Screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki
Producer Tohru Hara, Michio Kondô
Cast Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya, Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura
Director of Photography Hideshi Kyonen

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