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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…
how perfect it is, be a pilot and a pig
Feels a bit minor in the Miyazaki catalog, yet still has his signature touch in every aspect. Weirdly enough, if this were played on a continuous loop in the background of a party where people were to occasionally look at it from time to time, it may still have the same effect as someone watching it from beginning to end, which could be viewed as a good or a bad thing.
Porco Rosso is one of Studio Ghibli's lesser known films, which might have to do small scale and low stakes of the film. At the same time though, I really liked this film.
The characters are pretty great. Porco is interesting, being a pilot who works only for himself, even going as far as to desert the Italians. At the same time, he also has a heart, keeping Madame Gina, a bar owner/singer company, and even developing a friendship with an aspiring 17-year-old engineer by the name of Fio, who by far is the best character of this movie. She's very ambitious, but also very perky, which combined together, makes her very fun to watch. The character of Donald Curtis…
It's like a metaphor or something
"A pig's gotta fly."
Porco Rosso is one of Hayao Miyazaki's lesser known films and I can see why. This is my eighth Miyazaki and the first one that I didn't like. It's not bad, but I didn't find the story or characters all that engaging. The animation is great of course and the score provided by Miyazaki regular Joe Hisaishi is very good, but I just couldn't really get into the film. It has some good moments for sure and the finale was actually pretty fun, but by then it was a case of too little too late. Again it's not a bad movie, but it's certainly a disappointment and easily my least favorite Miyazaki so far. 6/10
One of Miyazaki's very best IMO. Very underrated.
So much fun to watch!
Gets better every time.
I love most Miyazaki movies, and this one is no exception. The American versions are the ones that I watch, and the voice work is amazing considering they have to match up with the existing animation
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