Japan, 1984, 116 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Rated PG, Japanese with English subtitles, GKIDS
"In the world of animation Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of its brightest stars, giving birth to Studio Ghibli and its priceless body of work. It is the seminal Miyazaki film, breathing wonder, tenderness, and life into worlds where we'd all like to live in." – Michael Mirasol, RogerEbert.com
This is where it all began: the debut feature from master animator Hayao Miyazaki. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä 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. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring: from the transcendent beauty of the poisoned forest to the giant, Dune-esque worms and the thrilling flying sequences. Though released before the founding of Studio Ghibli, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind feels as part of the canon as any of the official films. Co-founder Isao Takahata served as producer and marks the first collaboration between Miyazaki and renowned Japanese composer Jose Hisaishi.
For over three decades, Studio Ghibli has transported audiences across the globe to magical realms filled with fantastic creatures and awe-inspiring sights. Led by co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the Japanese studio has garnered numerous awards, set box office records, and touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Join us for a two-week celebration as we present, in partnership with GKIDS, all 22 films (and one short!) in the Complete Studio Ghibli.