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My Comments - written in 1998
Nausicaš Valley of the Wind was the second Miyazaki film I ever saw, Laputa being the first. Even though Nausicaš was created in 1984 before Laputa, I think the Hong Kong cinemas showed it after Laputa. Of course, I can't be sure because it was quite a long time ago, but I think that is what happened.

I remember laughing a lot while watching the movie because the Chinese voice actors did a lot of add-lipping. It was only after I read the movie book that I realized all those things did not really belong there. For a long time, I thought the Chinese dubbed version was the best because I remembered it as being very good and so that is what I kept on telling myself. Even after watching the Japanese version and the English version, I still told myself the Chinese one was better. Last year, when I was finally able to obtain the Chinese video cassette, I realized it really wasn't that good. A lot of the time, important speeches are left out, and I found it so annoying that everyone called Nausicaš "Little Nausicaš", not even mentioning the fact that she was a Princess. I know such a small thing shouldn't be so bothersome, but when even the little kids of the village call her "Little Nausicaš", I find that it is just too odd and too distracting to ignore. As well, the voice actress who played Nausicaš did not sound like how I had imagine her to sound, and I found the guy who play Asbel to be annoying. Perhaps I was expecting too much. I hadn't seen the movie for 9 years and during that time, I built myself up to expect something too much. But, even though it wasn't the best, it was still highly enjoyable, and I have watched it more than 10 times since I purchased it. ^_^;; (That just means I still liked it a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!) The Japanese version is definetly the best. Three cheers for the original!

My favourite character in the film is of course Nausicaš. She is such a strong character and she acts as a strong role-model for young children. She is brave, honest, and always try to resolve problems through use of words rather than use of using physical means. She does not judge base on appearances and accept those who are different. She doesn't fear or strive to destroy all Omhus because she believes they have lives too and deserves every right to live out those lives just as we do. What makes us better than them that gives us the right to kill them?

The most memorable scene is when Nausicaš is revived by the Omhu. Aside from being visually stunning, that moment is just wow! (I really can't think of a better word to describe it!) When she wakes up and walk across the Omhus golden tentacles, I was in complete awe. The soundtrack is joyous and then it leads to the triumph when Grandmother realizes Nausicaš is the saviour from the ancient legends. I get tingles every time I watch that scene (and I have a really bad habit of rewinding 8 minutes from the end just to watch it!) and I never get tired of it. ^_^ It is poetic justice that the Omhus are able to give back life to Nausicaš, when all those around her believed they existed to terminate lives.

I didn't really understand the impact of the movie the first time I watched it (I think I was only 7), and it was only later that I realize it speaks so much of our world, our environment and our future. Even though I am probably not interpreting the movie as Miyazaki had in mind, my feelings toward the message of the film is that it is discussing what is happening to our world. Throughout the film, it is really indeterminable who is the "bad guy". Was it the Tolumekians who attacked the Valley? Was it the Pejites who sent an army of Omhu to destroy the Valley? Was it the evil fire demon who had the power to destroy the world? Or was it the Fukai and its creatures who stand to destroy mankind? I think the enemy are the people today who give no value to all that we have. Instead, we pollute the environment, create deadly weapons, kill one another out of greed and for our own selfish purposes. In the story, the world has been destroyed by the people of the past. That is us. Everything bad that happened in the future is a result for what we did to the Earth. In today's society, we hear warnings about wars, famine, our environment, but how many of us can really say we make a full effort to help preserve our world. Maybe it is only me, but I think we are not taking the problems seriously. When we think of wars, most of us feel bad and sympathize with those who suffer, but we don't really do anything about it. Some could argue that there is nothing really we can do, but trying is better than doing nothing.

I would really appreciate any input concerning the message of Nausicaš. I think there are many different ways to interpret the film, and my explanation above was just one of them. If you have any comments about the film, please e-mail me. I would love to hear from you.

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