Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds 1984

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

Directed by Miyazaki Hayao

Japan In Japanese with English subtitles
116 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Art Director

Nakamura Mitsuki


Hisaishi Joe


Shimamoto Sumi
Tsujimura Mahito
Kyouda Hisako
Naya Gorou


All the hallmarks of Miyazaki’s greatness are present in full in his first Studio Ghibli feature. There’s a self-confident, compassionate action heroine, striking composition, an optimistic humanism, lots of flying, and a startling sense of the natural environment as a vast, pulsing organism, agitated by unruly mankind. A remarkable departure from genre expectations when it first appeared, Nausicaä is now a Japanese classic, and Miyazaki a genre unto himself. (The epic adventure was further elaborated by Miyazaki, after the film’s success, in a thousand-page graphic novel, or manga, widely considered a masterpiece.) 

“Set a millennium after a biowarfare holocaust has destroyed our civilization, Nausicaä is the story of the eponymous princess who seeks to somehow reconcile the last remnants of a still-warring humanity with the monstrous new biological order overcoming the Earth… A stirring, sweeping epic of war and adventure, and one of the best science-fiction films to have been made anywhere in the world during the 1980s.” — Carl Horn, Pacific Film Archive