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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…
Ninth watch of Japanese July. Porco Rosso is one of Miyazaki’s and Ghibli’s least famous productions and it is not hard to imagine why; the story about an Italian man magically turned pig, flying a fighter seaplane to fight air pirates (here they are again), isn’t exactly designed to appeal to a broad audience. Nevertheless, Porco Rosso immediately draws you in with its fine decoration of an animated Italian countryside with national music flowing from the radios, a stylish smoky bar served by the Prima Donna Gina and the mafia-ish clothing. The animation itself is no less than any of the studio’s major titles and is even surprisingly detailed in comparison to the director’s foregoing films. Like the other Miyazaki…
Throughout his filmmaking career, the perfection with which renowned Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has managed to express the serious themes in his films without ever taking away its childlike sense of wonder is the very reason why he's the best animation filmmaker of all time & one of the greatest storytellers to have set foot in the world of cinema.
Set in 1930s Italy, the story of Porco Rosso follows the adventures of its titular character; a World War I veteran who now earns his living as a freelance bounty hunter & has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig. When his plane is shot down by an American rival who was hired by airborne pirates, Rosso gets it repaired & improved…
Get that pig out of that plane. He's a pig.
"A pig that doesn't fly is just a pig." ~ Porco Rosso
When this first came out in Japan, I scoffed at it. I figured Studio Ghibli and writer-director Hayao Miyazaki had run out of gas, conjuring up a flying pig to continue the success achieved in a string of three earlier box office hits. Frankly, I refused to go see it in the theater, thinking the theme too adult for my five-year-old daughter and too whimsical for my wife and I to watch as adults.
Now I know better, of course. This is just Miyazaki having some fun with the things he loves most: flying, fantasy and females with fortitude. Indeed, although Marco Porco Rosso (Shûichirô Moriyama) aka 紅の豚…
”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…
The film Miyazaki made before Porco Rosso was Kiki's Delivery Service a film aimed rather too squarely at 10 year old Japanese girls, based on an existing work of literature, it just isn't very personal to Miyazaki and consequentially is one of his lesser works. Porco Rosso on the other hand couldn't be more personal, a self-penned film about the joy of flight, with a pig and pre-WW2 aeroplanes, is a film aimed squarely at Hayao Miyazakis, we're merely invited along for the ride and what a ride it is!
Miyazaki's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and the film, which grew exponentially from it's initial concept as a short in-flight film for Japan Airlines, is one of his very…
Cute, beautifully animated (as usual) but certainly no Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke.
This weird plane fighters story convinced me less than other Hayao Miyazaki's films.Evendow he gets what he wants i think,i didnt really apreciate the story that to others might be fun,because its just about a thing of taste in this film.
I'm starting to think Adam Cook doesn't know how to review anime.
Doesn't quite match the quality of some of Miyazaki's other films, but it still manages to entertain throughout.
Short, deceptively simple, and sweet. Reminds me of a Hemingway novel, besides the goofy Air Pirates and the anthropomorphic pig of course. The mystery surrounding Crimson Pig's curse is never fully addressed, nor are his relationships with some of the other characters fully fleshed out; yet these technical decisions made by Miyazaki only serve to further enrich the story and emotional pull of the film.
What did I just watch
Porco Rosso looks gorgeous and majestic just like other Studio Ghibli's animations. The problem is that the tone of the movie lost at some point.
Is Porco Rosso worth watching? Sure, it is.
The first hour of this film is so lovely and enjoyable because of its creative imagination. Porco Rosso might not be Hayao Miyazaki's best effort but the animation still looks beautiful. Story is simple, enjoyable, heart-warming and straightforward. Drama is pretty light.
In the end, I would say Porco Rosso is a delightful fantasy-drama animation about the life and adventure of an aviator.
just the best
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