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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…
Quietly genius mix of mystery, fantasy, feminism, and good old fashioned adventure. Not Miyazaki's best, but perhaps his most interesting?
The wonder of the world of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki is that you can make a film about a man who has turned into a pig who fights pirates over 1930s Italy and never have to explain yourself. In all honesty, Ghibli and Miyazaki have some kooky ideas, but immersion into their style and genuine storytelling has allowed me to see past what outsiders may see as strange plots and stories and value their work for what it is, which is brilliant. My first Ghibli/Miyazaki experience was Spirited Away, a film still to come in this marathon, and I was at first very turned off by the unique, strange style of the film. I am very much looking forward…
Porco Rosso does the opposite of what most animated movies are doing. Instead of having a story made for kids with a few adult jokes, it has a story made for adults with a few childish jokes. Personally, I could have done without the childish stuff. Porco Rosso is about an ex-WW1 pilot who now works as a bounty hunter in the Adriatic sea. It's got plenty of gritty talk about being an ace of aviation, cynical jabs from characters disillusioned with war, and eye-candy-worthy flying sequences. But at times the movie becomes jarringly fantasist. I'm not referring to the fact that Porco is a pig - that's an essential metaphor and the heart of the story - I'm referring to the silly stuff like skirt lifting, cartoon tunes and caricatured villains. When it's not being childish, Porco Rosso is full of amazing quotes about honor and patriotism, and it's a great exploration of survivor's guilt.
This was a really fun film to watch. Definitely would watch it again, even though a few parts are a bit slow.
My favorite Miyazaki film of all time.
Called by some Miyazaki’s most personal film, I would argue it’s his most indulgent. His well-known love for the history of aviation is evident in a number of his films, but this was the first film where it was the primary focus. Unfortunately, this focus obscured his capacity to made a great film in this case and one has to wonder if Miyazaki was more interested in his planes than in the narrative. The film lacks the adventurous quality and sense of ethereal whimsy that is inherent in his greatest films and the characters simply aren’t interesting enough to gain my admiration.
Porco Rosso tells the story of the titular Italian ace pilot, who also happens to be a pig.…
Definitely the funniest Miyazaki film I've seen, this film has a weird way of addressing serious subjects and being completely carefree at the same time. The flying scenes are amazing as always, the characters are endearing and the soundtrack fits perfectly. I just don't understand why the main character needed to be a pig. Is it just for the joke of a pig flying? It's supposed to be a curse, which would make sense in a lot of other Miyazaki movies, but this world is so grounded in comparison. Porco's face is really the only fantastical element. It's symbolic. It plays into his arc, and I guess it works. It's just so underplayed that it seems unnecessary. Apart from that, though, this film is a fantastic adventure with some of the best flying shots you'll ever see in an animated film.
I liked the characters, but just didn't find it all that exciting. I like it for the most part, the whole cursed pig dude flying an airplane thing is pretty interesting.
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