Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, an 1984 film based on a 12th century Japanese folktale, is one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most important works that a lot of people in the West haven’t even heard about.
In this episode we sat down with independent cinema expert Flick Beckett (who has just seen the film for the first time) to talk about:
- how this single film led to the creation of Studio Ghibli
- the specific 12th century Japanese folktale that Miyazaki adapted and flipped the interpretation of
- how the story flips the “prophecy” story trope it gets from Frank Herbert’s novel Dune in a way that mainstream Hollywood rarely does even decades later
- how the hero’s adversaries are never really evil in Miyazaki films
- and finally, how the Nausicaa story itself has prophesised the climate movement of today
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