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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…
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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"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 pig's gotta fly."
Que una película que parte de la premisa " Un cerdo pilotando un avión" pueda generarte unas emociones tan potentes es solo una de las mil razones para adorar tantísimo a Estudio Ghibli y a todas sus creaciones.
Su belleza, sus personajes, sus diálogos, su animación y eso, un cerdo que prefiere ser un cerdo a ser un fascista.
"Volarás solo para siempre jamás"
I'm not sure what it was exactly that drew Hayao Miyazaki to make a movie about an Italian WWI pilot who's cursed to being a pig, but I'm sure glad he made it. The Miyazaki trademark of gorgeous animation is certainly here, but I'm now puzzled by the puzzlement of many as to why he was attracted to the material for The Wind Rises, as the flying sequences here are absolutely breathtaking, in awe of the beauty of just being up there among the clouds.
It's actually a pretty basic plot, in that Porco's plane is falling apart, so he's assumed dead when he goes down during a firefight with hotshot American pilot Curtis (Cary Elwes, yes I watched the…
How can you even begin to describe this film's perfection? Even to the very smallest details this film excels in every possible way. This is the fine level of craftsmanship you expect from Hayao Miyazaki, easily one of the greatest animation auteurs of all time. Porco Rosso has the perfect blend of drama, humor, romance, and mysticism to make this film a timeless classic and out of all of the Miyazaki films I have seen this one is not only easily my favorite but also has quickly become my favorite animated film of all time. This film is just further proof as to why Studio Ghibli is the greatest animation studio of all time and the breath taking animation is…
One of my favorite Miyazaki films. Porco Rosso is a rousing, uplifting, heartwarming adventure with surprisingly heady themes and flashes of the otherworldly beauty and introspection that Miyazaki would become world-famous for later. The animation is, as always, consistently top notch, with a few scenes that go above and beyond and are absolutely stunning. Highly recommended.
lol fuck this guy
Often times the goofy aspects of animated films tend to undermine the seriousness of a work, but other times a goofy approach is entirely appropriate. With Porco Rosso, Hayao Miyazaki fully embraces a corny attitude and the end result is a memorable and entertaining film. The plot follows a former fighter pilot who now works as a bounty hunter and just happens to be a humanoid pig-man. The film has a great energy, and Miyazaki does a wonderful job establishing the characters. Porco Rosso also has a good sense of humour and a lot of entertaining scenes.
On paper, this is a pretty light film, but I do think it handles some bigger issues. The highlight of the film is…
For all its cartoonishness, this was probably Miyazaki's most adult-oriented film yet at the time. An emotionally distant flyboy dodges encroaching fascism, poking those obnoxious Americans in the eye at the same time. The goofy humor doesn't really work for me, from said American doofus to the hapless pirates. That's a lot of the movie right there, but the rest is really good. Miyazaki's love of aircraft is palpable from start to finish, with a nice nod to the studio's namesake. The salute to fallen pilots is just beautiful. Porco Rosso is solid throwback entertainment. Like one Rick Blaine, the title character slowly opens his shell, finally revealing himself to be a bit less piggish than he appears.
Another beautiful miyazaki picture. A review I read said "animation as stunning and easy as his feminism," and I completely agree. It is a beautiful film that, though centered around a male (and a pig no less) shows both men and women working together and being real and unique human beings with varied personalities. He touches on themes of war and love and friendship and passion and those flying sequences are just breathtaking.
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