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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…
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…
Get that pig out of that plane. He's a pig.
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"I'd much rather be a pig than a fascist" - Porco Rosso
The word 'delightful' would be an apt description for most Ghibli films, but it is especially the case here. I was grinning from ear to ear for practically the entire length of the film. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this adventure follows the titular character, a war hero and bounty hunter who faces air pirates to make a living; he also happens to be an anthropomorphic pig after being cursed. Porco, along with his flying companion Fio are an endearing couple, and the cast is full of memorable characters.
The sky and air travel has been a long running theme in Miyazaki's…
”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…
Sorry but how did they literally call an Italian character FERRARI
For its first 20 minutes or so, Porco Rosso doesn’t even acknowledge the fact that its main character is a human with the head of a pig. Therein lies the heart of the movie’s charm. (Full review here.)
How I imagine the story boarding for this film went:
"What if Han Solo lived in the late 1920's?"..... "And he flew a little red seaplane!"................"And he turned into a pig!". "Ok I think we have a solid three dimensional character here. Lets see what else we got". Three minutes later, "What if Chewbacca was a little red headed girl?".
Directed Hayao Miyazaki this film based on the manga “Hikotei Jidai” has English voice acting from Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes and Susan Egan. A WW1 pilot's survivor's guilt has turned him into a pig and he spends his time hunting air pirates for money in the Adriatic.
There is plenty of action and humour along the way in this slightly bizarre film about a man turned into a pig by his own guilt. I am not sure the film ever really explores the idea of survivor's guilt fully but is an entertaining watch through out. The animation is good but I found Michael Keaton's voice acting for the title role a little uninteresting.
Colourful and fun, if at times uneven. Surely holds the record for most times the word Pig is used in a film, but then what do I know? I'm just a pig!
This is quintessential Miyazaki: immensely detailed animation, the unbreakable feminist icon, the mystical and spiritual catharsis, the huge ensemble of extras brought together by the gradual story arc. Only the characters, as memorable as they are, seem somewhat one-note and the English voice dubbing is inconsistent. Probably my least favourite Ghibli movie.
Here's the thing with Porco Rosso, it's a Studio Ghibli film that is a lot more light-hearted and fun than the ones I've watched. The tone is light and it's all delightful. At first it was an alright film but as it went on I liked it more and more and it was actually a fun film. The idea of a pig flying is enough to make you watch this film.
A World War II pilot was cursed with his head being that of a pigs and after the war he's turned into a mercenary. He's so good at being a mercenary that all the pirates in the Mediterranean and an American team up to beat him once and for…
light & fantastical.
one of Ghibli's most slapsticky entries.
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