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September 17, 2006

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds - 7

This is the first film by Hayao Miyazaki to be mass distributed in the US. It is the first of his environmental trilogy, 2. Castle in the Sky(1986) and 3. Princess Mononoke (1997). In some ways it is three ways of telling a very similar story about the relationship between humanity and the earth, and how technology mediates this relationship. In this film the forest looks on the surface to be poisonous to humans, but after Nausicaa gets lost in it finds that below is the beauty that sustains the life of the planet. Once again it is control that humans think they have that gets them into trouble. It just might be possible that if humans care for the earth, the earth will return the favor.
What is interesting to notice is how much The Matrix films were influenced by Miyazaki.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is, together with Porco Rosso and Totoro, Miyazaki's masterpiece. Everything about his films originates here, which gives the film greater resonance, and the soundtrack is simply godlike.