Trailer - Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind

In keeping with my string of Nausicaa posts over the weekend, I wanted us to take a look at the original 1984 trailer to the movie.  I always enjoy movie previews, and Hayao Miyazaki has been blessed with some very good trailers.  Nausicaa-as-super heroine is played fully in these cuts; the set and setting of the story are assumed to be already known to the fans of the monthly Animage manga.

Two things that really impress me about this trailer.  First, it's not dominated by ultra-fast cuts.  Compare this to the standard operating procedure of today, where the previews try to throw the entire movie at the audience at Ludicrous Speed.  Second, notice that all the big action scenes are left out.  You would think the spectacular action would take center stage, like the scene of the God Warrior firing on the Ohmu stampede.  You'd also think we'd see a clip from Nausicaa's flashback scene, which is arguably the film's greatest moment.  No, these things are left for the viewers to discover.  Very classy.

The most notable thing for me is the pop song, which is attached to this trailer and also appears on the Nausicaa soundtrack album (released on LP/CD).  There's quite a bit of early '80s synth pop in Joe Hisaishi's score, and in its own oddly goofy way, this song fits.  That said, I am sooo thankful this song wasn't shoehorned into the movie. 

One of the long-term goals for The Ghibli Blog is to create the definitive database for all things Studio Ghibli.  This includes movie trailers, videos, posters, screenshots, and essays.  As you can see from the menu, we've made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go.  This is just a fancy way of saying I'll probably be throwing a lot of trailers on the blog in coming weeks, heh.


Katie said...

Great trailer. I wish I understood the narration.
I love love love the song they use. The song is not on the Nausicaa soundtrack I have (which I believe is the import). There is however an instrumental version on an album I got off iTunes called "Piano de Ghibli" by the Carl Orrje Piano Ensemble, under the title "Symbol Theme Song". It is also on one of the Music Box albums under the name "Kaze No Tani No Naushika", which is unhelpful. Do you know the true title of the song and where to find it?

J.R.D.S. said...

The Hosono-composed title song (which is called simply「風の谷のナウシカ」= "Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä", confusingly also what Hisaishi's music for the opening of the film is titled) is not on the soundtrack album, not according to any track listings I've seen for it. Only singles and the collection of theme songs released in 1998. Though there's a rather nice instrumental arrangement of it on the symphonic suite album.

Me, I'm a bit of a Hosono fan to put it mildly and I love this (and MINEKAWA Takako's cover, one of those rare ones which manages to be the original's equal and different enough from it to be worthwhile despite them both being of an electronic nature – if Minekawa's is more aggressively so) and the Sangokushi Engi theme song despite the unimpressive singers he gets assigned and have always been a little disappointed it didn't find a place in the film itself (if only for that preventing it appearing on the OST and thus the affordable South Korean release of that). His music for Sugii's Night on Galactic Railroad is another favourite.

Katie said...

Oh man, Night on the Galactic Railroad has SUCH a nice soundtrack. A favorite of mine. Now if only I had the money to buy it...

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