Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Kaze no tani no Naushika (original title)

Starring the Voices of Allison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Uma Thurman, and Edward James Olmos

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Release Date:

March 4, 1984

North America
February 22, 2005 (uncut re-release)

Miyazaki's first film is also one of his finest accomplishments. Nausicaa is a great action adventure, though a tad heavy on the environmental issues that Miyazaki adds into all of his films. But maybe sometimes we need someone to bring it home with how much damage we as people do to the planet. Great voice acting from the American cast, especially Alison Lohman as the titular princess of the wind valley and Patrick Stewart as Lord Yuma, the greatest swordsman in the land. Lohman really brings the emotion and energy as Nausicaa who wants to protect her people from the rage of the insects (including the monsterous ohmu) or the warring Tolmekians. Her young, energetic voice really nail a character that when the whole world around her is encircled in blood and violence, she tries to appeals for peace and order for the betterment of the world. Patrick Stewart brings his legendary bravado voice to Lord Yuma. Stewart's voice is just amazing, that's all that needs to be said about his devotion to bringing the character over from Japan.

Rating: * * * * 1/2 of 5

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