Kaze no tani no Naushika [Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind] (1984)


Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (IMDb)
Crossing bleak deserts, cozy windswept valleys, and brooding dark forests is this grand fantasy war epic and mystical 80s eco-sci-fi all in one, led by the best hero I’ve ever seen in cinema; gimme Nausicaä flying in the face of danger with her arms outstretched over ____man any damn day. Beautifully designed (in sound and picture) and written with poignancy (the pacifist/environmentalist messages are occasionally heavy-handed but always powerful) and nuance (see the lack of clear villains).
9/10 (Amazing)


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