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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.
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…
I like Miyazaki in swashbuckling mode, which is a mode I didn't realize he had. I'd like to see more of Swashbuckling Miyazaki. He needs more movies where people are inexplicably pigs (he's got at least two). Still, I won't lie: the best bits of the movie are the ones that are in regular-old Miyazaki mode, tender and wistful and slightly mysterious.
Miyazaki himself, in the documentary In the Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, states that this is his weakest film, and I've seen plenty of others on the internet say the same. That may be true, it is certainly quite different from his other films, especially around that time, and it's a rather slower movie. Making things more unusual, at least with the English dub, is Michael Keaton's voice acting, flat and kind of bored sounding. It suits the character to an extent, but just feels odd. There are still lots of wonderful moments in the movie, and I especially loved the Mamma Aiuto pirate gang. It may be the weakest work Miyazaki's put out, but it's still definitely worth watching.
Porco Rosso is a joyous adventure with impeccable animation and intelligent humor. Porco is now one of my favorite animated characters of all time, as he embodies the inner struggles and guilt felt by those who have had to kill and watch their comrades fall in wars during horrible times of war. His hero's journey is very compelling and I was engrossed in the story within the first few minutes. It's very funny and there are several great supporting characters as well.
Hayao Miyazaki once again pouring his love of aviation onto the screen in this wartime tale that dips its toes in the fantastical. More in-keeping with Castle In The Sky than My Neighbour Totoro, The Crimson Pig adds a little derring-do and forlorn romance to the unabashed whimsy one usually associates with Ghibli. Michael Keaton's vocal performance for the Disney dub adds a dynamism to Marco (Porco) Rosso that is at once both weather worn and pensively stoic.
Am I going insane or does it often feel as though Studio Ghibli films don't know how to end?
Honestly, as much I enjoyed this feature it felt as though the epilogue was hideously rushed. I suffered as similar complaint with Howl's Moving Castle, which sped through the finale like the filmmakers had somewhere else they'd rather be. Perhaps it's a cultural thing, or maybe I'm just an ignorant philistine. Bah.
Brilliant, beautiful and breathtaking, Hayao Miyazakis Porco Rosso is superb in its soaring color, masterful in its story and airborne with pure technique.
We are introduced to Porco on a beach with sunwashed sand and lapping waves. Boots on table, cinema magazine, puffing cigarette smoke and washing down his solitude with clear red wine.
The red wine recurrs throughout the story, as do the cigarettes, the gabadine suit and the scenes that one after another, reveal once again the master of animation that Miyazaki undoubtedly is.
The movie is sweet and european in its substance. There's spaghetti, classy hotels, a bunch of amazingly cool crooks, a beautiful singer, ripples on water, air, sky, sea - all held together by a…
The best part of this film was Gina's French song. I don't find a lot in the plot or (most of the) characters for this film to really stick with me and make me love it but it's really beautiful and has such a nice, smooth animation style. Apparently it's Miyazaki's favourite film of his but I imagine that's more for the author appeal of Italy and aviation than the film itself.
Despite its seemingly bizarre setup, Porco Rosso not only serves as a fun adventure-noir, but also a touching character portrait. Special shout out to the "plane heaven" scene; truly one of the most moving cinematic depictions of the afterlife.
Thumbs Up: Fun and silly, Miyazaki inserted into the real world works surprisingly well and features less mystical mumbo jumbo to get your head around, love the aircraft design, the sequence with the pilots floating up to heaven is awesome, Porco provides a break from the traditional (and often bland) Miyazaki female protagonists.
Thumbs Down: The climax is a bit of a wet-noodle bypassing a military showdown in favour of a competition with the 2D villain, Michael Keaton phones it in.
Not my favorite Ghibli Movie but features my favorite scene out of all !
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