|"Nausicaa" finally comes out
on November 19, 2003 on DVD in 3 alternate editions! English subtitles
included in all 3 versions.
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Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika) Nausicaa Figure
Set [Limited Edition]
DVD features are the same as the regular edition's. The keepcase comes
housed in a custom packaging (soft case - "Aoi Tenshi" version).
This set comes with a Nausicaa ceramic figure (produced under the
supervision of Hayao Miyazaki himself). *Limited to one copy per order.
Retail Price: 7800yen
Our Price: 6630yen
This limited edition (of 50,000 copies only) is already sold out.
However, additional copies may become available.
|Hailed as an exemplar
Hayao Miyazaki (and soon to be Ghibli) production, "Nausicaa
of the Valley of the Wind" is the first Miyazaki film based upon
his original story and characters (from his own celebrated manga serial).
It's also his second theatrical feature as director, made in the wake
of his successful first movie, "Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro."
It has been pointed out by many that the critically acclaimed "Princess
Mononoke" is a virtual remake of "Nausicaa" set in
a different milieu and time, i.e. middle ages of Japan instead of
Nausicaa's far future. It may be true (after all a great artist more
often than not has a constant source of inspiration and a recurring
theme) but there are enough differences to make both films stand on
their own as works of art. While "Mononoke" is a period
fantasy, "Nausicaa" is a science fiction adventure set against
the backdrop of a fantastically detailed world that stretches the
boundaries of imagination in the best sci-fi tradition.
The story is set in an unspecified far-future where mankind has nearly
destroyed the planet in the "Seven Days of Fire," and much
of the planet's surface is engulfed by a toxic and poisonous gas known
as the Miasma. Nausicaa is the daughter of the King of the Valley
of Wind, a small kingdom caught in the middle of a political power
struggle when an Imperial cargo ship carrying an inactivated God Warrior
crashlands in the valley. Faced with the danger of military forces
seizing her peaceful land, and moreover the danger of the warring
nations destroying all humanity, Nausicaa travels the world in an
attempt to find out the secrets of the Toxic Forest which may hold
the key to obtaining the only means left to save the world.
While Nausicaa is definitely Ghibli's coolest, ultimate kick-butt
heroine, what makes this movie so unique is the strong-willed princess's
vision that compels her to "understand" the Toxic Forest
and the process in which the nature once laid in waste is trying to heal
itself. She is capable of perceiving things that others can't, and
she understands that destroying the Toxic Forest or transforming it
forcefully won't bring a positive change. The movie has a large cast
of characters who are fascinating and well defined. Their actions
are realistic and well brought out in the fantastic premise provided.
Even the villains have their own reasons for their actions. Considering
the scope of things to come in Ghibli's future, Nausicaa of the Valley
of the Wind may be the single most significant Ghibli film.