Tuulen Laakson Nausicaä

{mosimage}Here comes a special edition in a double DVD pack of the classic animation movie from the Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki.

Hayao Miyazaki is probably the most international Japanese animation director nowadays. He has left in the past years splendid masterpieces like The Princess Mononoke or the recent Ponyo on the Cliff. Before these, in the year 1984, Miyazaki made what is considered by many his masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; the story of a young girl, pacifist inside her heart but warrior due to her destiny, trapped in the middle of a war between two nations while the world around is wandered by monstrous bugs and the air is polluted.

If you are a fan of Dune, you can find some points in common here, the huge bugs, the pacifist and ecological messages…  Maybe sometimes the storytelling is not all the fluent you could expect, but remember that Japanese conception of cinema does not always stick to western standards.

Miyazaki is able to create fantastic worlds with a deep background, so if you did not have time to revisit this work, now you have a great chance. The double DVD offers you also a documentary about the birth of Studio Ghibli and the possibility to watch the movie in two different angles, the normal one and other following the original drawings. If you are a fan of Japanese animation, this is a must have!

Rating 4/5.

 

{mosimage}The best: The message of the movie.

The worst: Some jumps in the storytelling.

The detail: This is the first full length animation movie made by Ghibli Studio.