Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika)
Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 13, 1985
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

When mammoth dandelions puff out spores, the sight is as seductive as it is lethal.

John Gholson

It's not only an amazing piece of animation, but an incredible work of science-fiction as well.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Enjoys a visual richness and narrative ambition virtually unheard of in animation prior to its release.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

Nausicaš is in some ways a grim and serious film, but it mixes a sweet optimism into its horror-filled lessons.

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Gives children a legitimately hopeful and enduring lesson about doing the right thing in times of crisis.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Once again, Miyazaki's entry is nothing short of spectacular.

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Josh Larsen

One of the most weirdly, wonderfully built worlds of Hayao Miyazaki...

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...grows more and more complicated and convoluted as time progresses...

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Michael Dequina

Nausicaš, princess of the Valley of the Wind, is a screen heroine--or, rather, hero--for the ages.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A grim and powerful epic that boasts an inventive, visually rich universe and an ecological message that only gets more and more relevant in our times - and… More
Michael S
Stunning animation, memorable characters, and a timeless message inhabit Hayao Miyazaki's earliest masterpiece. Though it's environmental lecturing is… More
Christopher Heim
Hayao Miyazaki's second feature (based on the first two volumes of his own manga) and often considered Studio Ghibi's debut despite being produced… More
Matthew Slaven
In his second film, Miyazaki more strongly makes his case to be environmentally aware than in any of his other movies. The human race is on the line, and the… More
danny d
a fantastic fantasy story set in a very compelling world with fantastic characters. as usual the animation is stellar for this pre-ghibli film, and the effect… More
Lewis C.
A thoroughly typical Studio Ghibli movie, which means that it's charmingly and expertly animated, and has an environmentally friendly message. I… More