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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.
”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…
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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…
A fun adventure fairytale with some great scenes. The ending is kinda rushed and weak, but the scene where the main character recalls being turned into a pig is quite powerful.
A gorgeous movie from Studio Ghibli. I could stare at the poster alone all day. I really want a poster of this movie now. It's just gorgeous.
The movie had the classic Ghibli heart and this is one of my favourites of their movies.
I think the ending was very rushed, which is what let it down the most.
The story was pretty good and I was glad with how down to earth it was with such a supernatural context.
The film did some interest things. I probably shouldn't say what, but I'm surprised with what they did.
While there are some weird pedophilic themes, the film does resonate well with how the studio is known.
Note: This is a review covering the 2005 English dub by Disney.
Studio Ghibli's output preceding Porco Rosso was defined by its innocence and odes to childhood. Even the tragic, adult-aiming Grave of the Fireflies emphasized these themes. This makes Porco Rosso a bizarre, and sadly unpleasant, departure from the traditional Ghibli creations. Director Hayao Miyazaki seems to have gone out of his way to craft a film so unlike his previous directorial efforts. The titular character is a self-labeled womanizer who is rarely seen not drinking or smoking; certainly not the kind of character that can be found in something like My Neighbor Totoro. In many ways, Porco Rosso is the anti-Ghibli film, and that relates directly to its…
Porco Rosso is probably Miyazaki's most underrated film. Originally designed as a short to be shown on Japan Airlines planes the project soon grew into a full length feature. A straightforward story about a pig, some pirates and a young mechanic. The characters and setting are fantastic and fit the film perfectly (even if most of them can be matched with other Miyazaki creations). The directors love of flight bursts from every frame with some of the aircraft carrying more personality than the main characters in lesser films.
There are some problems: the pacing of the film is slightly off, the fist fight at the end especially goes on for just a little bit…
Si alguien me hubiese dicho que me iba a gustar una película sobre "un cerdo piloteando aviones" simplemente no le hubiese creído, y es que a pesar de que me acerqué a esta película con el más mínimo interés terminé muy maravillado, no sólo por el impecable apartado técnico característico de las películas de Miyazaki, sino por su personaje principal, Porco Rosso, y la forma como se desarrolla su personaje con la historia.
Jocīgi tā teikt, bet Hayao Miyazaki ir labākas lietas. Bet to "labāks" jāsaprot tikai kotekstā ar citiem Miyazaki darbiem.
Protams, ka te viss ir nostrādāts ūber. Protams, ka te ir Miyazaki fetišs - lidošana, protams, ka klasika un protams, ka aizraujoši. Bet pietrūka kāda piedzīvojuma garša un kāda eksotiskāka pavērsiena... Jā, es saprotu, ka dīvaini teikt par filmu, kura jau tā ir eksotika - rozā cūķis labākajos gados, kas lido un cīnās ar gaisa pirātiem. Un šis bekons gados vienīgais nav cilvēka tēls. Visi citi ir - šis nav. UN līdzcilbvēki viņu uztver kā pašsaprotamu. Tikai man tā aŗi nebija skaidrs, kāpēc šim tas lāsts uzlikts, jo kādreiz bekontēvņš bija parast janēklis...
Animē, kas jāredz, bet... (skatīt pirmo teikumu).
Miyazaki's "Porco Rosso" is a wonderful period drama taking place in the Adriatic Sea between the world wars. The story is light and fun ... there's a great sense of adventure liberally laced with humor as we follow the exploits of a pilot who also happens to be a pig, a charismatic character who was a fighter ace in the first world war and now does bounty hunting and other work-for-hire.
When I first saw "Porco Rosso," it wasn't my favorite Miyazaki film by a long shot, but its quiet charm, sly humor and complex main character have all grown on me over the years. I've given up trying to rank Miyazaki films anyway, the simple truth is that Miyazaki…
Yeah, to paraphrase the movie, I fall in love with every Miyazaki movie I see. Come for the rip-roaring, insanely charming aerial adventure, stay for the drop-dead ingenious feminist parable.
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