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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…
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…
”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…
I thought this movie would be good, but I wasn't expecting amazing. The threat of fascism, the feats of aerial bravery, the fact that the main character is a talking pig and no-one's that bothered, it's not even a major plot point. The relationships between the characters are complex (no good-guys, bad-guys). Absolutely stunning landscapes.
Maybe it's lesser Miyazaki, but I would kill to have animation at the level of Porco Rosso show up in the theaters more frequently. This is old fashioned storytelling at its finest; or, well, close to it. Like Princess Mononoke, this one has a 3rd act that's good but not entirely satisfying. Oh well. Still great.
- Porco's story about how he became a pig is certainly a highlight. The weird collision of real and spiritual there is really something.
- Fio's kind of annoying, but I'm not sure if that's the character or the voice actor. Maybe both.
- Michael Keaton, tho. He nails it as Porco. (Yes, I watch the dubbed versions of Miyazaki movies. Why?…
This is now officially one of my favorite adventure movies of all time, animated or otherwise. Funny, touching, and absolutely adorable. How do more people not talk about this fantastic film?
A beautifully animated fantasy from the mind of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki that exhibits many of the director’s pet themes including spirituality, imagination and aviation. The aerial sequences, of which there are many, are thrilling, captivating and breathtaking with a keen eye on space and proportion. The story is both highly imaginative and fanciful with an undercurrent of sentimentality and loss. Unfortunately, Michael Keaton’s vocal performance as the titular pilot undermines any emotional heft the story introduces with his low-key, understated delivery. Which is a shame since all the other elements are here for another Miyazaki masterpiece that falls just a bit short.
Miyazaki films are funny things. While they are good I feel my current generation, you know... the people that worship Miyazaki like a God, have completely over-hyped his films. I feel like its a similar thing to all those people that were like "Amelie is the best subtitled film ever made!!!!" Is it? Or is it the only one you've actually watched? There is so much better anime out there with richer animation, characters and themes. The standard "I like flying, war = bad, environment = good" starts to seem a bit glib after you use it in every single film. I'm probably coming across as quite an elitist so I want to reiterate that Miyazaki films are good, I've…
I haven't watched this movie in a few years and wondered if my memory still served as to the quality of this film. As it turns out, my memory served me well; Porco Rosso still stands near the top of Miyazaki's films in my mind.
Watching Porco's story unfold - not just the story in the movie, but the backstory - is absolutely lovable and warms hearts to the change that can happen in one man...all because of a woman.
What a movie.
The animation alone is worth endless praise. Miyazaki splashes every frame with such color and detail, to the point where I wouldn't mind watching Porco Rosso, our porky protagonist, just fly around for a few hours.
Also, the characters are all unique and compelling. Our hero is an Italian ex-fighter pilot who once was a man but now is a pig. We're not quite sure why, but that doesn't matter -- we like him and root for him all the same. How can you not? He's a fucking pig that can fly.
Worth the watch.
Arguably Miyazaki's most adult film and as no surprise one of his least adored. That is not to say it is is not good, indeed it is stunning much like his other work, but here it just does not possess that extra bit of wonder that makes his other work stand out.
The most fantastic element is Cary Elwes voicing a Texan. Porco Rosso's gruff chauvinism, and his wounded, vulnerably human heart underneath, is entirely realistic. The victim of a mysterious curse, this pig pilot whirls above the Adriatic, rescuing cruise ships in the interwar period from aerial pirates - doing it for the money in the same way Rick Blaine operates his Cafe American for profit. Porco Russo owes a lot to Hollywood romances of the 40s, and to its romantic fatalism, to a Hero With A Code who'll slum with thieves before serving hypocrites. Or, as Porco himself puts it, "I'd rather be a pig than a fascist." But the style and mood of the film are unabashedly warm and…
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