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…
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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…
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"!
Part of Miyazaki Madness at Alamo. Also thrown as a Houston Gaymer event, though only John and Michelle joined me.
Lots of fun, like all Miyazaki movies, though not his best. But who doesn't love a flying pig?
Only the third Miyazaki movie I've seen but I never hear this one talked about like the others. The animation is so good I had to hold back some tears during some of the flying scenes. It reminded me a bit of Leon in that the main character is very good at what he does and he's forced to partner with a much younger girl who learns quick and harbors a crush for him. I may like it a tad more than Leon.
This is part 8 of my Studio Ghibli Retrospective.
At one point this was my favorite Miyazaki film. Which I think says more about the film that I wanted this to be than the one we actually have. The one we have is a somewhat uneven compromise between what started as a light-hearted short film commissioned by Japan Airlines and the more serious, adult themes that Miyazaki introduced as war broke out in Yugoslavia, the project grew into a full feature-length film, and Miyazaki began delving into the inner demons which had been lurking in the shadows of his earlier work.
Porco Rosso began life as a short, fifteen-page manga published in three parts. Though the story and characters were…
A Studio Ghibli Masterpiece
Hayao Miyazaki is the Best!
The music, the setting, Porco, Gina, the everything of this movie.
Miyazaki's '92 work, a bit of a departure for both him and Studio Ghibli. A WWI ace who used to be called Marco Pagot, now a freelance bounty hunter in the Adriatic, was transformed by a curse into an anthropomorphic pig, so now he goes by Porco Rosso (Italian for Red Pig). The film's so bright, happy, soft, imbued with a sharp wisdom.
I don't know where in the world any of it came from: between-the-wars Adriatic (liking classical Europe), early aviation (liking planes, especially the small/rickety/homemade ones), anthropomorphic pig (liking cartoon zaniness), waggy romance (liking a CASABLANCA, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA mood), and all-female crew and rugged chauvinist (literally, a pig). It's insanely startling, interesting, well built. The script has…
A Month of Miyazaki Film 6 of 11
I stated earlier in my review of The Castle of Cagliostro that the only two Miyazaki films I hadn't seen were The Castle of Cagliostro and Ponyo. I had forgotten however, that I had never seen Porco Rosso, and wow; now I wish I would've watched it a lot sooner.
For some reason back when my Japanese anime phase was in full swing whenever I would sit down and get ready to watch a Studio Ghibli film, not just a MIyazaki film, I never chose to watch Porco Rosso. For some reason it never really appealed to me, despite it being one of Ghibli's highest rated films. The reason I was deterred…
My only complain about this film is that the ending was kinda weak but other than that I had a genuine blast watching this film: Simple yet interesting plot, a really memorable and likable protagonist, amazing flying/action scenes, stunning animation and visuals, a great sense of humour and likable supporting characters (Fio and Porco form one of the best friendships I have seen in a movie). Definetly an underrated Miyazaki film but at least in my opinion this is one of the best in the whole Ghibli catalogue.
Porco Rosso is the coolest "pig" in the universe!
I saw a few of Miyazaki's more heralded films about a decade ago and loved the visuals and the music and the set pieces but felt that the narrative was too choppy and unresolved and lost in translation or re-editing. I was glad I'd seen them but they didn't become landmark movies for me.
I'm not sure this one will either but I felt that, while aiming smaller, it manages to fully realise and capture something special. The setting and story and feel of the movie are incredibly cohesive, like he set out to capture his own fascination and nostalgia and externalised it perfectly.
It's a movie that can join Only Angels Have Wings in it's joy in flight and independence and spending your life somewhere hot where the bars are stocked with characters, every woman is beautiful and every man has a past.
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