Thursday, November 14, 2013


"Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet," reads the IMDb tagline to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984), which I saw with the family earlier this evening. I have not had such a crush on a cartoon character since watching Tangled (2010).

This is only the second Hayao Miyazaki film I have seen, the first being Spirited Away (2001), despite my smart students at the Pohang University of Science and Technology always singing the praises of the director's humanism, his strong heroines, his love of aviation, and his amazing creativity. Both films I saw as they were made to be seen, on the silver screen, here in Rochester.

The latter film seems to have been the more successful, both commercially and critically, but I prefer the earlier film. Shinto informs the 2001 film, Pure Land Buddhism the 1984 film. Nausicaä herself is a Christ figure, and owes a lot to St. Joan of Arc. The film's environmentalist message is early enough not to be dismissed with cynicism. This is simply a great movie.

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Blogger Procopius said...

You must also see Laputa: Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro (His most understated, but most perfect film in my opinion)

November 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Procopius said...

and let us not forget Princess Mononoke (his most violent and brutal)

November 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

Hey Procopius! Good to hear from you after all these years. Drop me a line.

November 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger tcasey1914 said...

Totoro is the best kids' movie ever made.

November 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger papabear said...

The manga Nausicaä which he did is also worth a look.

November 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM  

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