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A pig's got to fly
Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You're introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. He has been given a curse that changed his head to that of a pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig."
Along with Castle of Cagliostro, Porco Rosso must rank as one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most underrated movies. Not only is it every bit as good as his more popular work but it signalled the end of his run of simpler stories as he would soon concentrate his efforts on constructing a series of lavish epics. Whilst it may lack elaborate set pieces and fantastical worlds it succeeds due to its strong characters and sweeping romanticism.
Set in the Adriatic between the two world wars, Porco Rosso, follows the adventures of the eponymous pilot, a man cursed to be a pig and who battles air pirates for money. He may be pigheaded, literally, but he is a warm and engaging protagonist…
Get that pig out of that plane. He's a pig.
”I'm a pig. I don't fight for honor. I fight for a paycheck.”
What is crazier than a pig who is fighting sea pirates for money?! This time Hayao Miyazaki takes a defined time and place and by mixing it with his own infinite imagination he creates a lovely, memorable and sensational film which is as ecstatic and as masterful as one of those unforgettable classics of 40s, a humorous thriller set in the war time which with its heartwarming approach toward discouraging themes is reminiscent of a Howard Hawks or Michael Curtiz movie, a criminally overlooked small gem of the 90s and unfortunately one of Hayao Miyazaki’s least appreciated works.
Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso has a bizarre, mysterious and…
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Though I intend to watch all of Studio Ghibli's films, I am aware that not every single one of their films would appeal to me. I thought Porco Rosso was that film. Man was I wrong! If there was a single word to describe this film, it would be fun. I had such a great time watching this, similar to the experience I had with Howl's Moving Castle, but the film does have some flaws that prevent me from bumping my score higher.
Porco Rosso is less about its story and more about its titular character and the journey he goes through. The film doesn't set itself with a…
Porco Rosso is quoted as being Miyazaki's favourite film he made and it's frankly not hard to see why. It contains everything that make his films so special, ranging from the strong and complex characters all the way to the genius of Hisaishi's score and the awe-inspiring animation. Crucially, it manages to fit everything I love about these films into 90 brisk minutes without ever feeling bloated or artificial. It's still its own film, a completely unique experience that after a full year since seeing it for the first and last time – now in mouth-watering High Definition – has only grown even more on me. It's a film with a heart so big it spills out of the screen.…
So pigs really can fly :P. So much for the saying, "When Pigs Fly"!
Certainly not as great as some of the other Miyazaki I've seen, but it's telling of his masterwork if this is his low point.
This is a pretty weird movie!
Off the beaten track where Miyazaki is concerned. I loved and hated the ending, and that the mystery of the curse is never explicitly answered.
Simply a damn good time.
It's almost become a pattern for me at this point in a Miyazaki viewing to have to re-shape my view of animated cinema. This viewing was no different as here we were introduced to the Porco Rosso, and what a damn cool character he ultimately is. The idea of a man with the face of a pig doesn't typically bring forth images of all that is cool, but such is very much the case here. Porco simply has that cool factor, and as such is ripe for investment. Of course, that is merely the starting point as it is what is ultimately lying benath Porco's exterior that makes this film so great.
The look and…
Very much on par with Kiki’s Delivery Service, Miyazaki's sixth film is still an unfortunate departure from my favorite film of his thus far, My Neighbor Totoro.
The plot, characters, and animation were all fine. Nothing incredible, nothing awful.
Our lead character was one of the only things that stood out for me. He was an interesting, stoic, anthropomorphic pig. I loved how there was little explanation given to his transformation and a lot of plot points left unspoken, elevating this film to being a bit of a conversation starter.
There really isn't too much more I can say about this film. Worth a watch if you enjoyed his other work but not one I'll likely be revisiting any time soon.
THIS WAS NICE. I WONDER IF MICHELLE OBAMA READS MY REVIEWS. CALL ME MICHELLE. I WANNA KNOW HOW I CAN GET ON SESAME STREET.
Like Castle in the Sky, I wasn't really engrossed in this movie until the first 30 minutes of action and noise had passed. Once the movie took a breath and we finally got a chance to the meet the characters, I really started to like it. It's probably obvious, but the real strength of Porco Rosso is the beautifully drawn and directed flight scenes.
I am reminded of Pink Floyd's famous song "Pigs on The Wing" for some strange reason
* A protagonist i never expected to see
* An engine named Ghibli
* Pirates looked like Bluto!
* Miyazaki thrillingly romanticizes air travel
* Opts for ambiguity which was unexpected but refreshing
* Sarcastic One liners,Action packed and wonderful from start to finish!
Let's start a movement to remove history books from American children's classrooms and instead replace them with Studio Ghibli movies, shall we?
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