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FREE FOR KIDS 12 & UNDER – OFS KIDS CLUB: NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

SATURDAYS, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 @ 11am
FREE for kids 12 & under!
OFS Kids Club presents
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki, is an epic masterpiece of sweeping scope and grandeur that remains one of the most breathtaking and exhilarating animated films of all time. A thousand years after the Seven Days of Fire destroyed civilization, warring human factions survive in a world devastated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects. The peaceful Valley of the Wind is nestled on the edge of the Toxic Forest and led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, whose love of all living things leads her into terrible danger, as she fights to restore balance between humans and nature. Featuring the voices of Alison Lohman, Uma Thurman, Patrick Stewart, Edward James Olmos and Shia LaBeouf.
Dir: Hayao Miyazaki / 1984 / Japan / 117 min

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, another amazing film by the Japanese writer/director Hayao Miyazaki. This movie is about Nausicaa, a young woman who risks her life to protect her home in the Valley of the Wind from a toxic jungle. The complicated part of the story is that, even though the jungle is toxic, Nausicaa doesn’t believe that destroying the jungle is right, she would rather keep it so that a community of seemingly threatening giant insects can live in peace. The movie does a great job at explaining what’s happening by having the characters talk to themselves about events that have been occurring. The script was very unique, even for the already unique world of Anime. I did feel that some of the characters seemed like they were only there to back up other characters. I personally have nothing against this, but others might believe that it’s not a good way of expressing characters’ roles in a movie. Another element I questioned is that time periods crossed over each other. People used ninja-style swords while others had high-tech guns, tanks, and airships. It just didn’t seem realistic, though I understand it was in a futuristic setting (1000 years after the fall of industrial society) and things might be intentionally farfetched. Other than these minor issues, this was a very unique and epic film. I would recommend this movie to people who prefer animated movies, or people who are fans of Miyazaki’s films.


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