from one scene to the next, miyazaki proves that his creativity is boundless, so out of this world that he himself has spirited away. if asked about the limits of his imagination, he answers ala candy heron in mean girls: "the limit does not exist! the limit does not exist!"
the irreconcilability of the environment's health with humanity's greed; a future that's extinguished and our own species' extinction as the costs of our boundless march towards progress; and how resuscitating our planet cannot be disentangled from the fight against capitalism whose core principles of profit and power are the primordial reasons for our planet's impending annihilation
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is one of Studio Ghibli's finest works, if not its finest. An exercise of worldbuilding on par with Tolkien’s Middle Earth or Martin's Game of Thrones, this visionary epic is so grand in scope, yet so multi-layered in its details that for the entire film, the story is bursting at the seams, barely contained by its two-hour runtime. (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind three-season television series when???)
Despite pre-dating Studio Ghibli,…
having read the original material, in a grove by ryūnosuke akutagawa, i must say that akira kurosawa has adapted it with creative accuracy and empathy. it's not so much about the subjectivity of reality—that is already without question—but its social construction, which in this case is its transfiguration to retain the character's japanese' construct of honor. in other words, to conclude that nothing is true and everything is merely perception in this film is false. our interpretations may be biased, but the truth exists (i.e. someone did stab takehiro) if one only seeks to uncover the facts.