Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
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.
”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.
Can't think of anything negative to say about this film. It's definitely one of the best Studio Ghibli films and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Silly and beautiful in equal measure, with a dash of melancholy.
Avión, combate y hechizo
The story Porco tells with the silver band is pure animated cinema. So great.
La mas simpatica de las peliculas de Miyazaki , en una historia de cazarrecompensas y piratas de Hidroaviones , un joya para disfrutar de las escenas aereas y la musica , junto a la recreacion que hace el animador de los aviones de la epoca , imprecindible en tu videoteca de peliculas de animacion
A film about a pig who can fly? I'll believe it when pigs fl...oh wait.
"I'd rather be a pig than a fascist."
As with pretty much any Hayao Miyazaki film, Porco Rosso is an absolute treat. It has taken me a little while longer than most to warm to but never the less I now consider it to be a gem in his oeuvre. The film is such a fantastic adventure first and foremost, the air fights almost have a sense of swashbuckling to them. There is humour, The Crimson Pig himself has a fairly dry sense of humour, almost sardonic. There is bitter-sweet romance and a wonderful music score by Joe Hisaishi that simply soars along with the…
Still my favourite.
One of the greatest Ghibli movies.
I introduced this to my seven year old brother yesterday (it was also the first of four movies I played on my 20th birthday yesterday!) and he enjoyed it quite a lot. I really enjoyed this movie myself, although when the fist fight happens the film looses a bit of steam, and that's a shame. Otherwise, this is a fantastic movie!
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