If you ever watched Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and thought to yourself “Gee, this would make a great live-action kabuki play” then you’re in luck.
Miyazaki notoriously rejected any live-action remakes of the movie from Hollywood, but when a kabuki troupe came knocking, he gave his blessing. Headlined by Kabuki actor Kikunosuke Onoe as the princess, the play adapts not just the anime, but the manga, which continues the story of Nausicaa, and makes the stage version the first full adaptation of the story. Nausicaa ran for two and a half weeks last December in Tokyo.
That’s all wonderful, but the reason we’re writing about it eight months later is because the full thing is available to watch no matter where you are in the world.
Between now and Sept. 25, Tokyo’s Shinbashi Enbujo’s production of Nausicaa is available to stream via Mirail. The full-length stream is priced at 4,500 yen ($42 USD) — which is a pretty good deal for a kabuki performance. There is also the option to watch only half the performance, with each act priced at 2,500 yen. The reason for this is because kabuki plays are very long and it’s common for audiences to watch only a portion of the production.
If you just want to watch the movie version, most of the Studio Ghibli films are now streaming for the first time on HBO Max.