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Porco Rosso (1992) at a glance

Porco Rosso (1992) is an animated film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is based on his own manga Hikōtei Jidai which is a manifestation of his love for aircraft. Although the film sets in European countries and the title character is Italian, the theatrical film is mostly in Japanese or English dub.

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Porco Rosso (1992) Trailer

Porco Rosso (1992) Synopsis

When "Porco" -- whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell -- infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a rival pilot, to "get rid" of him. On the ground, the two pilots compete for the affections of the beautiful Gina. But it is in the air where the true battles are waged.

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Porco Rosso (1992) Review

Don't worry. Watch this. *Jumps*
Don't worry. Watch this. *Jumps*

Although the multi-language opening text that appears at the beginning of the film could be confusing, it is adorable and creative. Porco Rosso (1992) is not an ordinary animated feature. It has depth even though it could be weird as it has an unusual heroic protagonist named Marco Pagot who is half human half pig, similarly like Pigsy but is a major celebrity in this film.

Female Italians!
Female Italians!

What captivates me the most are the elements of this film especially the people and culture in the World War era. This bizarre film could also easily pass as a feminist film since there are plenty of strong female characters of all ages and different backgrounds but then again, it is actually also quite masculine since the main character is slightly male chauvinistic and there are plenty of other male characters as well. This film is complex, just like the human society is.

Mamma Aiuto Gang and Fio.
Mamma Aiuto Gang and Fio.

Even so, Porco Rosso (1990) is enchanting as it champions love and honor. You should watch this film if you haven't because it's quite fun and interesting to watch!

PS. There could be Porco Rosso 2 and we can only wait for its news.

Who will like this?

People who love airplanes or aerial-themed films!

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Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Shūichirō Moriyama, Tokiko Kato, Akemi Okamura, Akio Ōtsuka
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Fantasy Romance
Running time: 94 mins
Budget: USD 9,200,000 est.
Box office: USD 34,100,000 est.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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Porco Rosso (1992) Poster


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