Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind/Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)
The last in the Film 4 Studio Ghibli season, we come to another early entry into an apocalyptic world of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) a long-winded title for a very complex film that reminds of me of the Mad Max trilogy of films that sees factions of humanity fighting to survive in dire conditions. Here the earth has gone through quite a transformation, leaving the insect of the our planet as now the dominant species, far larger than we would ever expect.
Only one person knows what is need to be done to try to restore the balance in the world as kingdoms begin to fight each other, and leaving destruction in their wake.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of the more graphic films in the Ghibli back catalogue. Focusing heavily at times on the violence in the sky, you could hardly add the sight of flesh that is barely seen (literally) on-screen. It’s a dark world where everyone has their own view on what needs to be done to restore the balance. The people of the Valley of the Wind are well aware of what is going on in the world around them. Only Princess Nausicaa can really communicate with nature with an natural empathy for all that walks on the earth.
Where this film may fall down in comparison with the majority of their other films is the boy girl relationship that is formed, here one is tacked in order to bring in another group who have their own ideas as to how to restore the balance. However the boy is in the lesser role which is in keeping with their films. Nausicaa takes on the role of a male hero, complete with her amazing glider that accompanies her throughout this film. Taking her from fantastical land to the next, be is lush with life or as barren as a salt desert, up to the densely packed skies with electrical storms ready to hit the confused planet below. Again the moral is about understanding nature, not to take it for granted, we all live on the planet together, we have to get on otherwise things even beyond our control will happen.
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