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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

There is no better way to appreciate the magic of Studio Ghibli than on the big screen! Movie-lovers of all ages adore animated classics from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, and Hayao Miyazaki‘s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, based on the director’s own epic science fantasy fairytale adventure manga (1982-1994), is one of our most requested titles. Released in 1984, the film is often considered to mark the “beginning” of Studio Ghibli, as it was one of their first films to really reach a wide audience and has since become one of the highest ranked animated films ever made. 

Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world in the far future, the film tells the story of Nausicaä (Sumi Shimamoto), the young princess of the Valley of the Wind. She becomes embroiled in a struggle with Tolmekia, a kingdom that tries to use an ancient weapon to eradicate a jungle of mutant giant insects, and attempts to stop the Tolmekians from enraging these creatures. Also featuring the voices of Goro Naya, Yoji Matsuda, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Iemasa Kayumi. *Please note this film screens in Japanese with English subtitles.

“It’s not only an amazing piece of animation, but an incredible work of science-fiction as well.” (Cinematical)

“When mammoth dandelions puff out spores, the sight is as seductive as it is lethal.” (The New Yorker)

“Nausicaä is in some ways a grim and serious film, but it mixes a sweet optimism into its horror-filled lessons.” (The AV Club)


Sunday, February 5 
Doors 12:15 pm | Movie 12:45 pm *SHARP!

Single tickets $10 in advance HERE | $12 at the door

*All ages welcome! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film! Please redeem at the door.

NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND “Kaze no Tani no Naushika” (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984 / 117 mins / PG / Eng subs) Nausicaä, a gentle young princess, has an empathetic bond with the giant mutated insects that evolved in the wake of the destruction of the ecosystem. Traveling by cumbersome flying ship, on the backs of giant birds, and perched atop her beloved glider, Nausicaä and her allies must negotiate peace between kingdoms battling over the last of the world’s precious natural resources.

Studio Ghibli Sunday: Princess Mononoke

Studio Ghibli Sunday: Princess Mononoke

Join us for additional screenings of MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS, SPIRITED AWAY, and PRINCESS MONONOKE on Sunday, June 14. These films will be screened in the original Japanese with English subtitles. MY NEIGHBORS THE YAMADAS Doors 3:30 / Movie 4:00 SPIRITED AWAY Doors 5:45 / Movie 6:15 PRINCESS MONONOKE –>Advance tickets available HERE Doors 8:30… Continue Reading

Studio Ghibli Night: Princess Mononoke

Since our Wednesday, May 6 double bill featuring Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (1988) and Isao Takahata’s hauntingly beautiful GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1988) almost *sold out,* we decided to add more screenings of these two titles on Sunday, May 10. Even better: We’re bringing PRINCESS MONONOKE back, too. All films will be screened… Continue Reading

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

Join us at the Rio Theatre for another family-friendly Studio Ghibli classic from master storyteller Hayao Miyazaki – PRINCESS MONONOKE. Almost twenty-five years after its release, PRINCESS MONONOKE – replete with epic story and breathtaking visuals – remains an undisputed animated triumph and one of the most thrilling adventures ever produced. Set in the late Muromachi period of Japan, the… Continue Reading