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The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur.
“It’s not only an amazing piece of animation, but an incredible work of science-fiction as well.” – John Gholson, Cinematical
Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaa is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. Like most Studio Ghibli films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. This is a film not to be missed. (Dir. by Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 116 mins, Rated PG)