Sunday, June 17, 2007

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

***½
Japan

Considering it arrived at international screens precisely around the time that Walt Disney animation hit its nadir, cinemagoers hungry for an imaginative cartoon would have done well to turn to Hayao Miyazaki's first feature (which he adapted from his own . It's far from perfect, featuring as it does some hilariously misguided 80s' J-pop synth scoring. But it's conceived on a grand scale, with rich and wondrous imagery. Try however, hard as you can, to avoid the Hollywood dub with its glitzy big-name voices, in favour of the original Japanese one.

wr/dir: Hayao Miyazaki

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