1997 / 1.85 : 1 / 133 Min.
Starring Yōji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida
Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki spent much of his early career as an artist and animator on children’s fare like Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon and Puss in Boots, each as energetic as a school recess and as uncomplicated as a bedtime story. From such modest beginnings a mighty oak grew… an entire forest in fact.
In 1984 Miyazaki wrote and directed Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – an environmentalist jeremiad in cartoon form that was anything but uncomplicated. The film was so successful it led to the founding of Studio Ghibli, a made-to-order workshop for Miyazaki’s passion projects. In 1997, a few years after the storybook moods of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Miyazaki returned to the forest with a purpose, combining the epic storytelling of Nausicaä with