Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
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.
”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…
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.…
So pigs really can fly :P. So much for the saying, "When Pigs Fly"!
Life's a pig.
For pay, plump porcine pilot patrols with plane to protect people from persistent pirates.
Talvez esse seja o filme mais "adulto" de Hayao Miyazaki e sem dúvidas é um dos que tem a história mais interessante e mais "comum", apesar do personagem principal ser um porco humano. É só mais uma prova do seu incrível talento em contar histórias com um estilo único de animação.
I love Miyazaki, and what I love most about him is how he can consistently manage to surprise me. I was skeptical about this one (a pig as a flying ace?) but did Hayao ever manage to win me over. It's a gentle, sweet fable about Honor and Selflessness that manages to be exciting, beautiful, cool and often hilarious all within a single scene.
Miyazaki creates a singular, unique world here, just as he does in most every picture he has a hand in creating: an alternate reality Europe, of sorts, where air pirates routinely attack cruise ships and airborne bounty hunters, chief among them the pig-faced Porco Rosso (voiced to perfection in the English language version by Michael Keaton…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"All middle-aged men are pigs."
When a film sets up a world of sea-plane pirates and bounty hunters, the best of them being a man cursed into an anthropomorphic pig and his little red sea-plane, set in the backdrop of a fascist nation on the cusp of a world war you know you're in for a treat. It's a Japanese animated film set in Italy with an English voice over with the odd piece of French music.
Just picked up the bluray of this beautiful animated feature from Studio Ghibli and the picture is stunning. The animation is full of painterly wide shots of that red sea-plane floating above the clouds, it captures the romanticism of flight, Italy and the…
One of my favorite Ghiblis.
Keaton is great on the dub.
When asked whether or not he likes being a pig, Porco replies, "It smells like balls."
Strange outlier in Miyazaki's canon, it never quite coalesces into the dizzying heights of his masterpieces, but it really picks up steam when an atypical yet prototypical Miyazakian young, fearless, intrepid lass shows up and then shows up the proceedings. Hard to love but easy to admire.
"A pig's gotta fly."
Not just one of my favorite animated/anime/ghibli/miyazaki films but easily one of my favorite movies. I've seen it a dozen of times and still never get tired of it.
This film seems to be built on small and subtle notes. There is no big theme here or lessons that need to be learned or crazy peril that threatens the world. I almost feel there isn't really much plot either. The third act ends in a dog fight between two characters but that whole bet doesn't come into play till over half way through the movie. A large portion of this movie is Porco getting his plane rebuilt. Everything else is just hanging out with these quirky…
I flipping love this film. Everytime I manage to watch this one I end up with a big smile in my face and really do enjoy myself Every single time. It actually one of those rare films where I kinda wished it was longer even though the ending is very satisfying and brilliantly done. It a Shame that this film is highly underrated and not loved enough. Cause quite honestly it one of my top 5 ghibli films for sure.
The soundtrack to this film is amazing and never once feels outta place because it kinda bringing out the fun vibe that this film has. I also happen to love how simple the story is to this one but it…
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