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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…
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…
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…
”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…
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"I'd much rather be a pig than a fascist" - Porco Rosso
The word 'delightful' would be an apt description for most Ghibli films, but it is especially the case here. I was grinning from ear to ear for practically the entire length of the film. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this adventure follows the titular character, a war hero and bounty hunter who faces air pirates to make a living; he also happens to be an anthropomorphic pig after being cursed. Porco, along with his flying companion Fio are an endearing couple, and the cast is full of memorable characters.
The sky and air travel has been a long running theme in Miyazaki's…
Porco Rosso is built on the backs of its lively, vibrant characters with animation and a soundtrack to match. There may not be another movie in existence to match the blended tone this movie encapsulates, so full of life and comedy with shadows of darker things.
The characters are crack cocaine: their expressions, characteristics, mannerisms, and motivations will give you fits of laughter along with a deep respect. Marco is macho, a lone wolf, so to speak, who lives to fly. He's one very cool pig, drinking and smoking like there is no tomorrow. Curtis, on the other hand, is a confident, ambitious ace, prone to falling in love at first sight. Then, there's the uppity, innocent Fio, an exceptional…
Hey! A Miyazaki film with flying as a core component. Shocker.
I feel bad being as negative with my score as I am, because deep down this movie was really quite enjoyable. I know what mindset to go into with a Miyazaki movie and this movie hit all key ingredients. Never once did it surpass my expectations or even mildly surprise me, but its calm pleasantness also never really did anything wrong.
Porco Rosso is an average, simple movie. Miyazaki has a way of crafting easy to follow and relatable movies. The adventure stays grounded in reality, despite the central protagonist being a pig. The characters don't really have unique personalities or attributes, instead they have very real emotions that…
It will probably come as no surprise to anyone who is generally aware of my cinematic tastes that I'm a far greater fan of the Serious Miyazaki, than of the Silly Miyazaki. Actually, I probably prefer when he mixes his tendencies a bit more than he does here or in the (maybe?) too grim Princess Mononoke.
This, though, is too silly for me. I appreciated a lot of the animation -- especially appreciated the fact that flying people and flying machines seem to be a pair of Miyazaki's greatest loves -- and I thought the story had promise. But mostly, it was too silly for me. (And I needed a bit more backstory, I think. Was the fact that he's…
A bit like Miyazaki going through the motions, but still an amazingly crafted gem.
The mood is near perfect, capturing that nostalgic vibe of the post-World War I period. The plot isn't as interesting, and it sometimes takes a while longer than it should, but it leads towards a conclusion that makes sense for the characters.
It might not stand among Miyazaki's best films, but it's it's still far beyond most other animated films. It's also the last "slice of life" film he did before he moved towards a more epic tone with Princess Mononoke.
This might be my favorite Ghibli film. So wonderful.
Todo lo que pueda decir de esta preciosidad de película se quedará corto. Miyazaki ha logrado conmoverme profundamente esta vez; y todo lo que ha hecho ha sido contarme lo que a él le conmueve.
«Un cerdo que no vuela sólo es un cerdo».
Anime films are full of entrancing moments that you can't forget or believe with what you have experienced. Here's an example with Porco Rosso that is filled with things to see that you will never believe.
From renowned Japanese Animator Hiyao Miyazaki he tells the tale of bush pilot Porco Rosso voiced in the english dub by Michael Keaton. Half man and half pig who is like that after an incident where all his comrades died in battle. To this day he remained fighting air pirates in the air and on the ground flirted with night club singer Gina voiced by Susan Egan. When his plane is damaged in a confrontation with an American pilot he takes it to an…
In terms of action, this was a really good animation! I wish it was longer- the story breezed by.
I was too young to appreciate this movie the first time I watched it and had this weird impression that it wasn't good - I think it's because I was uncomfortable. The drinking, smoking, idle mentions of womanizing; but this time, I adored it. The survivor's guilt had 100% gone over my head. I love the sad magic powering this story, which is buried under genuinely funny dialogue and surprising wittiness. Also lovely, lovely, such a visually beautiful movie.
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