Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) (Warriors of the Wind)
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Kaze no tani no Naushika (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) (Warriors of the Wind)
This impressive work from acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki represents a significant departure from traditional anime. Foregoing the gritty storylines, extreme violence, and adult content found throughout many anime, Miyazaki's works borrow as much from fairy tales as they do from science fiction. Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind is no exception. Centuries after war has devastated the earth, Princess Nausicaa leads the people of the Valley of the Wind. Feuding clans fight with planes and tanks as well as swords in a world that is both primitive and futuristic. In addition to her… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When mammoth dandelions puff out spores, the sight is as seductive as it is lethal."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Gives children a legitimately hopeful and enduring lesson about doing the right thing in times of crisis."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Once again, Miyazaki's entry is nothing short of spectacular."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"For all its inventiveness, it doesn't really compare to Miyazaki's later pictures."
‑ Zach Hines, Filmcritic.com
"Nausicaš is in some ways a grim and serious film, but it mixes a sweet optimism into its horror-filled lessons."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"...grows more and more complicated and convoluted as time progresses..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Nausicaš, princess of the Valley of the Wind, is a screen heroine--or, rather, hero--for the ages."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"It's a delight."
‑ Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic.com
"It's not only an amazing piece of animation, but an incredible work of science-fiction as well."
‑ John Gholson, Cinematical
"Enjoys a visual richness and narrative ambition virtually unheard of in animation prior to its release."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Miyazaki's instincts take over from time to time in the film's rare quiet moments, but overall it's awfully preachy and wearying."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's gorgeous and strange, but Miyazaki's later films cover the same ground with greater refinement."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian

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