Tuesday, January 29, 2008
If you like stories with adventure, action, science, friendship, brave princess warriors, and gigantic insects - you'll love Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Directed by Hayao Miyzaki (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke), this animated film is based on Miyazaki's manga series of the same name.
The story takes place in the future, about 1,000 years after most of humanity has been destroyed, leaving a few surviving kingdoms. The Earth is now covered with poisonous jungles where the air is so contanimated you can't survive for five minutes without a mask. These jungles are inhabited and protected by the Ohmus, humongous insects with great eyes covering their bodies. Nausicaa, brave young princess of the Valley of the Wind, is able to communicate with these powerful creatures, and she is making discoveries about the ways of the jungle in the hope of finding a way for humans to survive on their planet. When a neighboring kingdom threatens the Valley and all of mankind, Nausicaa defends her people, the insects she loves, and the Earth with bravery and wisdom.
If you're a fan of Hayao Miyazki or if you like anime in general, this film is not to be missed!