Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
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…
”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…
Miyazaki remakes at least 8 classic hollywood movies and has a pig star in them. It's perfect.
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.…
Well it looks like I've found a Miyazaki film I didn't enjoy. I respect the technical aspects of this film as much as in any of the director's films, but nothing about the characters or the story connected with me at all.
One of the main selling points of Miyazaki's films is their fantastical elements. Animation makes anything possible, but in 'Porco Rosso' very little feels as though it needed to be animated. Despite the pig-like appearance of the eponymous pilot, which is never satisfactorily explained or dealt with, this film is far too grounded in reality - or at least normality - for its own good.
In Miyazaki's other works, such as 'Princess Mononoke' and 'Spirited Away', the most…
So pigs really can fly :P. So much for the saying, "When Pigs Fly"!
I love this film it a super fun watch and gets better every time you watch it
Another movie from the legend who is now retiring Hayao Miyazaki, whose only movies i had yet to see were Porco Rosso, Ponyo and The Wind Rises. And Miyazaki is really the reason i saw this movie his work even the worst i have seen from him(Kiki’s Delivery Service) is always at least entertaining and many times it ends up being a magical experience, and i went into Porco Rosso hoping to find a bit of magic.
Porco Rosso is Directed by Hayao Miyazaki and the voice acting was made by Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura.
"In Early 1930's era Italy air pirates, bounty hunters and high fliers of all sorts rule the skies. The most cunning and skilled…
Fantastic! This is a delightful action/adventure yarn. It has it all! Villains, actions scenes, romance, travel. It's like Indiana Jones by way of Grimm's fairy tales. The animation is beautiful. I especially became enamored with the scenes of multiple planes flying at one time. I will revisit this at some point.
second fav miyazaki film, best color palette of them all
Porco Rosso isn't a bad Ghibli film, but not one that I would be in a rush to watch again.
Miyazaki arguably has four common themes in his movies; nature, aviation, yokai and pulp European literature. Porco Rosso unfortunately combines my least favourite of these and is merely a good movie as a result. The animation is excellent, and the section involving the Italian secret police is superb, but the main narrative thrust just isn't all that interesting.
All men become pigs as they grow older, says flying ace Marco Rousolini's, but in his case it's literal; a curse has turned him into an anthropomorphic pig that can walk and talk and even fly seaplanes. Since the end of World War I he has been acting as a bounty hunter under the name Porco Rosso, catching sea pirates in the Adriatic for money. He's a self-centered, womanizing hero; basically Han Solo in pig form. But when the Italian government outlaws bounty hunting, and a new American pilot comes to the Adriatic to help the pirates Porco has been fighting, he undergoes a personal journey in which he must question what is really important in his solitary life.
"Meglio essere un porco che un fascista".
A pig's gotta fly!
I love pig men. They rule: Ganon, Pigsy, Bebop, Jabba's guard, Hoggish Greedly, Treat Heart, Hamton, Pey'j, Oolong, Pigma Dengar, etc.
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