Hayao Miyazaki is one of the many (japanese) directors who gained late recognition in the West. Before the years 1997/2001, Miyazaki’s style wasn’t so widely known. For example, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was first released under the title Warriors of the Wind, in the US during the 80s.
Okay, that’s just another terrible title, so? Well, Roger Corman also changed the story. Take a look at this US poster to really understand.
It was like Star Wars meets Dune meets NameYourFantasyHere… And the trailer is almost as interesting. Because you can really feel that the story has been (massively) butchered to look more appealing, more american (done without Miyazaki’s permission).
In the end, the Warriors of the Wind-case was the perfect what-not-to-do when releasing a japanese anime film in the US. Since then, other US distributors have been more careful (nowadays, Disney doesn’t act without Studio Ghibli’s consent).