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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."
Get that pig out of that plane. He's a 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…
”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…
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"!
Miyazaki remakes at least 8 classic hollywood movies and has a pig star in them. It's perfect.
Get that pig out of that plane. He's a pig.
This is certainly a contender for my favourite Miyazaki film. It's a pity that it isn't as well recognised compared to some of his more popular works of (arguably) less repute.
Porco Rosso has many of the qualities that Miyazaki is known for - attention to detail, vibrant cinematography, quaint charm, and so forth. For me, the greatest intrigue comes from the film's poignant underpinnings of the protagonist. Porco comes very close to that of the 'Byronic hero', yet he never pushes the boundaries into an unlikable territory that befalls other characters in the category. He appears somewhat nurturing when he has to (as long as he does not have to compromise his individualistic nature!), though is wrought by his…
i wonder what his butt looks like
Hayao Miyazaki's films always take your mind away to beautiful worlds. This one, albeit taking elements from the real world, is no exception to this long tradition. There's just this "right" feeling from seeing some Italian culture in Japanese animation. While it could use some more gesticulation, it's a match made in heaven.
Featuring one of the coolest main characters in movie history.
"Better a pig than a fascist."
I have to agree with Porco on that point. Porco Ross is Miyazaki's 6th feature film with Studio Ghbili. I enjoyed it a lot but it doesn't light a candle to his later works in my opinion. Porco is a man turned pig and the audience never finds out why which is pretty strange. But with Miyazaki one must be open to the strange and illogical. Porco is a cynic with a lot of heart. The females that he is torn between behind the scenes are Gina and Fio, two very different girls and the one he eventually decides on is only hinted at. The animation is classic and in a way, timeless. The animation paired with the unconventional story makes for a nice film.
This is probably the funniest of Miyazaki's films. With a screenplay drenched in delicious humor and sharp wit that tells the story of a pig-pilot in the late 1920s, I was instantly sold to the idea. But as the story progressed and the wonderful elements of fantasy came into play alongside the adventurous theme of aviation, Porco Rosso became a pleasure to watch.
Not only is it Miyazaki's first film that is based in an explicitly defined setting, it is also one that is centered around politics rather than, say environment.
Porco Rosso or the Crimson Pig is about a (anthropomorphic) pig of a bounty hunting pilot who likes to chill on a deserted island when he's not chasing seaplane…
Porco Rosso features one of Miyazaki's strongest male (well, partly) protagonists who exudes the same, if not higher, level of charisma and "likeableness" similar to that of newer, more mainstream Miyazaki heroes. But the young heroine, Fio, who has even less screen-time than Porco is equally likeable and is a clear driving force of the movie. While mostly lighthearted, the story is set against the backdrop of war, which creates an interesting atmosphere that permeates throughout the film. The animation is clean, colorful, and well-done, and the supporting characters were never under utilized as they all had a fair amount to contribute to keep the plot interesting. It was a bit too silly at times, especially in the English-dubbed version,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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