This time up, our recommendation comes from Kim from klling.wordpress.com She’s recommended “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds”, joining in the effort to further my Hayao Miyazaki education! I’m more than happy to check it out, since “Howl’s Moving Castle” was really awesome.
My questions in bold. Kim′s answers below.
Big thanks, Kim! My Review Below.
One of the things that impresses me with the couple of Hayao Miyazaki films that I’ve seen is just how wildly imaginative they are. Right from the opening frames, we know we’re not in Kansas…A gas-masked figure rides ostriches through gas emitting spore trees. This is a post apocalyptic world where man’s wars and pollution have turned mankind into an endangered species. The vegetation of the world emits poisonous gasses, and the planet’s insects have grown enormous and hostile.
In this future, there is one colony that has been protected from the toxic jungle: The Valley of the Wind. The Valley of the Wind’s proximity to the ocean has kept it protected from the toxins prevalent everywhere else in the environment. Its residents live a happy, pacifistic existence. Living there is Princess Nausicaä, who explores the world on her glider, seeking out explanations within nature for the change in the Earth, in order to protect the Valley from environmental dangers.
Nausicaä gets drawn into a conflict between two warring city states, however, when an airship carrying an ancient weapon of mass destruction crashes in the Valley. From then on, she not only has to survive the conflict, she has to protect the Valley as the battle draws hordes of giant, vicious insects swarming towards the fighting. She’ll have to rely on her deep sense of empathy and her understanding of the natural world in order to stave off catastrophe.
“Nausicaä” is an incredibly imaginative, supremely animated film. The dub I saw was excellent, featuring the voices of Alison Lohman, Patrick Stewart and Edward James Olmos. The score is fantastic as well. The storyline is great, and just as imaginative as the visuals. Miyazaki seems to have a way of creating entirely different worlds, and then creating rapidly moving plots that sweep the viewer along, immersing them in these fantastic worlds as the events quickly unfold. On top of which, his films seem to be full of clear, understandable themes, in this case anti-war themes and environmental themes.
His films really are incredible, enjoyable experiences. I was more than happy to check this one out. Thanks Kim, it was a great recommendation!