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Timec

Having watched all of Miyazaki's films multiple times, I can safely declare that he is rather decidedly not over appreciated. Few artists, in film or otherwise, are as compassionate and humane, as witty and intelligent - or responsible for as many consistently delightful, endlessly creative works - as Miyazaki.

If anything, he's under appreciated, since there are still too many people of the "animated films can't be as good or serious or thoughtful as live action films" school of thought, when, in reality, several of Miyazaki's films (including this one) deserve to be listed among the greatest of all films.
7 years 4 months ago
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sammysin

This is certainly the most fun, yet classy Ghibli film ever made.

The story is simple but the execution is flawless, everything from the humour, the characters, the music and flashbacks work together to create something you grow to deeply care about.

Marco and Fio are such likeable guys, I was in sheer awe watching Fio talk down the Pirates. That is one scene no one is likely to ever forget. She is a gorgeous little heroine, really spunky and loveable. She definitely enhances the story hugely.

I think the romance that is tingling at the outskirts is handled cleverly and just enough to have impact. Gina is a really great Ghibli female.

The story of Marco is a very special and mysterious one. The standout scene is where Fio is sleeping and he tells her a story. It is one of the most moving and profound parts of the entire film and undoubtedly one of the most important scenes from any Ghibli.

Moving on from the serious side. The humour shines. Porco Rosso is incredibly funny and well written. I can't count how many times I laughed out loud watching this. The fight has me rolling on the floor, it is absolutely fantastic.

The music is so upsetting and stunning here. The piano pieces and vocal tunes really bring me to tears every time I hear them. I finished watching my Blu-ray just now and when the end credits began, I was practically crying.

So all in all, I believe this may be my favourite Ghibli ever. It gets better every time I see it. It is a restrained piece of work but it constantly gives you what you want (case in point, the ending). Amazing.
5 years 6 months ago
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jktomas

Masterpiece.
8 years 5 months ago
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Duke of Omnium

I still want to know why a hog is romancing Italian aristocrats.
3 years 5 months ago
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Filmsthemostbeautifulart

It's funny how renowned directors like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg are extremely well-known for their works and still some of their finest, critically acclaimed works go unnoticed by audiences and the die-hard fans. In Scorsese's case, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore could be a perfect example and in case of Spielberg it's T
he Color Purple. And in case of Hayao Miyazaki's, it's Porco Rosso (Meaning "Crimson Pig" in Italian).

At the time of it's production, this film was going to be a short film for the Japanese Airline that tells the story of a middle-aged ace pilot from 1930's Fascist Italy who was cursed to become a pig. As it turns out, the film became a full-length feature. After seeing all 9 out of 10 Miyazaki films, this was my final one. What I felt during Porco Rosso was that Miyazaki tackles more bold issues, much bolder than his other films. Porco is not a children's character but one of those guys who drinks a lot, smokes a lot i.e. he represents perfectly an old dead beat pilot trying to find nothing but peace in his life. He is not a character you could learn something from, not a usual theme in Miyazaki's films. What is his role then? In the film it's chasing pirates, running away from the air-force, getting involved in ridiculous fights, etc. Miyazaki offers a different point though by saying that every middle-aged man is a pig and Porco Rosso in this film is simply resembling to that fact.

So this was about Porco Rosso (His real name is Marco Pagot). The other characters like Gina his love, the pirates, the American aviator who challenges Marco to a combat and there's Fio the cute girl who repairs Marco's plane were captured as usually marvelously by Miyazaki's lavish brushstrokes. The story takes place after World War 1 in the Adriatic sea. Thus Miyazaki was challenged to draw a totally different culture which he pulls off successfully. What more lovely about this film is that it stays completely true to history (The war, I mean) and uses this as one of the driving forces in the film. It's just wonderful as it is with all Miyazaki films. Though I have to say that this film is more confusing and subtle in it's way of storytelling. Because Miyazaki also tackles completely newer themes that are even different from other animated films in the world, both fans and non-fans are in for a treat.

My conclusion is that Miyazaki triumphs yet once again in his stellar career and has made the most "unique" animated film I have ever seen proving why I am a very huge fan of his. The Most underrated Studio Ghibli film yet Highly recommended.

4.7/5
6 years 4 months ago
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silhuzz

this was great, just what I wanted to see. A delightful, beautifuly animated feel-good movie. Made me laugh a couple times and the setting was great.
6 years 11 months ago
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Theodor Hinz

porco you really are the man and i can't wait for part 2!
7 years ago
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Siskoid

Porco Rosso - the Crimson Pig - a post-WWI fantasy about an Italian pig fighting air pilots in the Adriatic, is a fun, romantic romp, completely charming while also paying tribute to the fallen at the end of that war. Miyazaki's worlds are presented without explanation, and feel completely consistent. Despite the imagination and humor on show, the period is well represented, and the pig element left enigmatic. In the end, its role is to keep two lovers apart, and is simply a manifestation of Porco self-loathing. The ending is perfectly pitched so that different audiences can come to different conclusions as to his fate, but though he is the eponymous hero of this tale, it's just as much Fio's. She's a precocious and brilliant engineer who goes on Porco's adventure, quite against his wishes, and softens him, perhaps enough to make all the difference. An underrated piece by anime's great master.
2 years 2 months ago
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dvdllr

I think this is my favorite Ghibli film. Beautiful to look at, funny, thrilling.
3 years ago
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Pallium Invisibilitatem

A simple yet sophisticated movie ;-)
6 years 2 months ago
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Dan Bull

I'm checking this even though for the sound in my copy stopped working at 1.19.08 - if I get the opportunity to see the ending again with sound then I shall. Porco and Fio are both lovable characters with surprising depth for what could have easily just been a children's adventure film.
5 years 5 months ago
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attie pattie

beautiful but silly
6 years 9 months ago
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Agrimorfee

Other than the fact he is a pig, there is nothing about this that isn't found in a old WWII movie.
1 year 6 months ago
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the3rdman

It's no Spirited Away but Porco is a boss.
7 years ago
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hierbinich

I go with Daring Do. I love ghibli, but this one is kind of silly and boring.
6 years 11 months ago

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