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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
"Kaze no tani no Naushika" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  11 March 1984 (Japan)
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sumi Shimamoto ...
Nausicaä (voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ...
Jihl (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ...
Oh-Baba (voice)
Gorô Naya ...
Yupa (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Mito (voice)
Kôhei Miyauchi ...
Goru (voice)
Jôji Yanami ...
Gikkuri (voice)
Minoru Yada ...
Niga (voice)
Rihoko Yoshida ...
Teto / Girl C (voice)
Masako Sugaya ...
Girl A (voice)
Takako Sasuga ...
Girl B (voice)
Chika Sakamoto ...
Boy A (voice)
Tarako ...
Boy B (voice)
Yôji Matsuda ...
Asbel (voice)
Mîna Tominaga ...
Rastel (voice)


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 Written by Alan Takahashi <takahash@ntmtv.com>

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A band of young warriors on the wings of their greatest challenge! (USA 1986 "Warriors of the Wind") See more »

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Rated PG for violence | See all certifications »

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11 March 1984 (Japan)  »

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind  »

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| (1985) (edited)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hayao Miyazaki was still so upset by the 'Warriors of the Wind' version of Nausicaa that when Harvey Weinstein was threatening to do a similar heavily cut version of Princess Mononoke (1997), Miyzaki sent a katana to Weinstein with 'NO CUTS.' embedded into its blade. See more »


When Nausicaa is underneath the toxic jungle, and she goes under a hole through which the sand passes, Teto disappear from her shoulder, and then in the next shot, he reappears on her. See more »


Commando: That's Lord Yupa. Kill him and you'll be famous.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll we see life returning to normal in the valley: Kushana, Kurotowa and the Tolmekian fleet leave peacefully, after Nausicaä has unheard words for Kushana. The denizens of the Valley of the Wind replant trees in the burned-down forest. Lord Yupa and Asbel ride Yupa's beasts to the Toxic Jungle and explore it. When the text "The End" appears on screen we see Nausicaa's discarded helmet in the forest, alongside a green, non-Toxic Jungle sapling. See more »


Referenced in The Rescuers Down Under (1990) See more »

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A masterpiece, if you can find the real version
18 November 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

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.

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