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Porco Rosso
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by Toshio Suzuki
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
Starring Shūichirō Moriyama
Tokiko Kato
Akemi Okamura
(Japan)
Michael Keaton
Susan Egan
Kimberly Williams-Paisley
(USA)
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Cinematography Atsushi Okui
Editing by Takeshi Seyama
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Video
Release date(s) July 18, 1992
Running time 94 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese
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Porco Rosso (紅の豚 Kurenai no Buta?, lit. "The Crimson Pig") is the seventh anime film by Hayao Miyazaki, released in 1992, about an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. The man has been cursed, and has the head of a pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig." Image File history File links Download high resolution version (720x1020, 261 KB) Summary Japanese movie poster for Kurenai no Buta/Porco Rosso, directed by Hayao Miyazaki. ... Hayao Miyazaki , born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... Toshio Suzuki (鈴木 利男 Suzuki Toshio) (b. ... Akemi Okamura (岡村 明美 Okamura Akemi, born on March 12, 1969) is a seiyu who works for Mausu Promotion. ... Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), better known by the stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor, perhaps best known for his early comedic roles in films such as Night Shift, Beetlejuice, and his portrayal of Batman in the two Tim Burton directed films of the series. ... // Susan Egan (b. ... Kimberly Williams-Paisley Kimberly Williams-Paisley (born September 14, 1971) is an American actress. ... Mamoru Fujisawa (藤澤 守 Fujisawa Mamoru), known professionally as Joe Hisaishi (久石 è­² Hisaishi Jō, born December 6, 1950) is a composer and director responsible for over 100 soundtracks and conventional albums dating back to 1981. ... Takeshi Seyama is a Japanese film editor. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Not to be confused with the Javanese language. ... Animé redirects here. ... Hayao Miyazaki , born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... The year 1992 in film involved many significant films. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... A satellite image of the Adriatic Sea. ...


The animation is loosely based on Miyazaki's manga Hikōtei Jidai. This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Hikōtei Jidai lit. ...

Contents

Plot

The film tells of the story of Porco's (non)romance with Gina, who runs a sea pilots' club and hotel in the Adriatic Sea. The scene is mostly likely set near Rijeka in Croatia and the surrounding Croatian islands. The plot revolves around Porco's friendship with a young girl named Fio, who is a talented aircraft engineer; and his rivalry with a hotshot American pilot named Curtis. The origin and nature of Porco's curse is never fully explained, although the question does arise in the movie. A satellite image of the Adriatic Sea. ... Rijeka (in local Croatian dialects Rika and Reka; Fiume in Italian and Hungarian. ... For other uses, see Aviator (disambiguation). ...


Originally a WW I ace pilot in the Italian Air Force, Porco grew disillusioned and left the military. He now makes his living as a bounty hunter taking jobs such as guarding ships from pirates with planes, and flies the skies of the Adriatic sea with peerless piloting skill. Though in a state of rivalry, Porco and the pirates manage to coexist with a minimum of bloodshed by abstaining from human casualties. For relaxation, he and other pilots spend their evenings on neutral ground at the Hotel Adriano, an establishment run by a chanteuse named Gina. “The Great War ” redirects here. ... The Aeronautica Militare Italiana is the Italian air force. ... For other uses, see Bounty hunter (disambiguation). ... Look up pirate and piracy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Synopsis

At the story's beginning, we see Porco in his flight suit, resting on a beach surrounded by cliffs. After he finishes negotiating the price of his service via telephone, he leisurely takes off in his red sea plane from his base on the beach of a tiny island to rescue a kidnapped group of young girls. Afterward, he flies to the Hotel Adriano for dinner and spends some time with Gina, one of Porco's closest childhood acquaintances and friends, and the owner of the only picture (albeit a defaced one) of Porco in human form. While at the hotel Porco also meets Curtis, a crack American pilot who is negotiating an employment contract with the pirates. It becomes clear during their conversation that Curtis is measuring Porco as a possible opponent. A DeHavilland Single Otter floatplane in Harbour Air livery H-4 Hercules flying boat A seaplane is an aircraft designed to take off and land (correctly, though less commonly, alight) upon water. ...


Some time later, as Porco flies his plane into Milan for repairs, Curtis shoots him down. Curtis believes Porco to be dead, but Porco is in fact hiding on an island. Porco finishes his journey to Milan and has his plane repaired by Piccolo S.P.A., an aircraft design shop owned by an old mechanic and friend of Porco's. Because of the Great Depression, all men have left the town for work, and the company enlists the aid of the owner's granddaughter, Fio, along with a work force consisting entirely of female relatives. Despite his initial misgivings, Porco comes to realize that Fio, despite her age and gender, is a competent mechanic and deserving of his respect. His plane is completed, and he and Fio fly off together, as the plane is still in its prototypic stages. For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ...


Meanwhile in the private garden of Gina's, Curtis invites her to a glamorous life back in America. Gina laughs and refuses (later telling him "love here is more complicated than in the USA"). Stung, he asks who she is waiting for, and Gina tells him she has bet with herself that Porco will one day come into her garden to take her away. Just then Porco's plane appears and circles Gina's garden, but Porco does not land.


Upon landing at his island hideaway, Porco discovers that it has been infiltrated by pirates. Fio talks them out of killing Porco or destroying his plane, and appeals to their honor as seaplane pilots to win popularity among the pirates. Curtis then reveals himself, and challenges Porco to a duel. The terms are then agreed upon; if Porco wins, Curtis will pay off his airplane repairs. If Curtis does, Fio will marry him.


Later that night, Fio wakes up and glimpses Porco in human form, but is not sure. She asks him to tell her a story. He tells her about a strange incident that happened to him during his years in the air force. In the last summer of the war, Porco saw his best friend and fellow fighter Bellini marry Gina. Straight after, they were back in the skies and attacked by an enemy squadron. Eventually, Porco realised he was the only member of his squadron left. He fled the fight, but was exhausted and struggling to operate the plane's controls. He later wakes up, finding that his plane has piloted itself into a cloud of startling brightness and purity, so that he imagines he is in heaven. Eventually emerging at the top of the cloud, he spots a white band high above him. The other pilots and their planes from the battle emerge around him and climb to the white band, which is revealed to be a procession of planes downed during battle. Bellini also climbs to the band, while Porco shouts that he must not leave Gina. Bellini, apparently deaf to Porco's cry, does not turn. Porco admits that this incident is a great source of guilt for him, and it is unclear as to whether this caused his transformation.


(Note that Porco's story is very similar to Roald Dahl's short story "They Shall Not Grow Old" for his collection of short stories "Over To You", first published in 1946.)


The next day, Porco and Curtis meet for the dogfight. The duel is held on a secluded island, organized by pirates, and heavily bet on by criminals and seaplane pilots alike. At the fight's beginning, Porco merely avoids Curtis, baiting him into wasting bullets. However, as the fight progresses, Curtis begins to understand the strategy and starts conserving his ammo. Porco outflies Curtis and gains the superior firing position by using the loop maneuver which made him top Ace of the Adriatic during the war, but he does not shoot at Curtis. Curtis thinks that his enemy's guns are jammed, but the real reason is revealed to Fio by one of the pirate bosses: Porco will not take a shot at an enemy if there is a risk of hitting the pilot, and so Porco will try to outmaneuver Curtis until he has a clear shot at the plane without endangering the pilot. Curtis taunts the pig that his guns are jammed, but is quickly shut up by a short burst of fire from the red seaplane. This is the start of a stalemate, with each pilot attempting to gain the advantage over the other. This article is about the aerial combat maneuver. ...


Meanwhile, Gina has received a message from a friend that the Italian Air Force, who have an arrest warrant out for Porco, are rushing toward the fight, and she takes it upon herself to warn Porco.


Back at the fight, both pilots are extraordinarily tired, and beginning to fade. However, after some time, Porco finally has gained an angle for a clear shot at Curtis' engine, but is dismayed to find that his machine gun is jammed and he cannot do anything. Curtis sees this vulnerability, and attempts to shoot Porco as well; conincidentally, his gun has also become jammed. Both eventually settle on throwing debris from their planes at each other, until they land in the bay and the duel degenerates into a fistfight. Both are quickly exhausted, and eventually fall into the surf.


At this point Gina's plane arrives. She tells Porco to get up, and in doing so, he wins the fight and the duel. Gina then gives her warning to the island's inhabitants, who all promptly flee from the approaching authorities. Curtis respectfully holds up his end of the deal and pays Fio. As she leaves with Gina, she kisses Porco and he falls into the water, bowled over by the wake of Gina's plane. Porco tells Curtis that he is going to draw the Italian Air Force away from the others, and asks if Curtis wants to join him. Curtis agrees, and then exclaims, "Hey! Your face!" and demands that Porco give him a closer look, but Porco resolutely continues to walks towards his plane. It is implied that he has once again changed.


The film ends with voice over narration by Fio describing the years that follow, in which she inherits the Piccolo company, Curtis becomes a Hollywood star, and the pirate pilots spend their old age reminiscing at Gina's club. She reveals that Porco "flew circles around the Italian Air Force", and remains at large. In reference to Gina's bet with herself regarding Porco, she says that it's "their secret". However, a red plane can be seen at the other end of Gina's island.


History and politics

Porco Rosso is one of the few movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki in which the historical and geographical settings are clearly defined, and where most of the story could have happened in the real world. Marco is a hero from the first World War and is shown fighting against Imperial Austro-Hungarian fighter planes in a flashback sequence. Hayao Miyazaki , born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Look up Imperial in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Austria-Hungary, also known as the Dual monarchy (or: the k. ...


The story clearly happens between the two World Wars. The Great Depression is referred to several times, which would place the story in the 1930s (but see below) although the fashion in women's clothing and the rise of fascism in Italy are more linked to the 1920s; the scenes in the Adriatic town suggest that the town is Rijeka, then called Fiume and under Italian control at that time, and the year about 1927. Since Italy, like many European countries, suffered severe economic hardship after the First World War, the economic crisis mentioned in the movie is probably the European 1920s post-war depression rather than the global 1930s one. However, the manga from which the movie was derived specifically states to take place in 1929 at an unspecified location in the general area of Rijeka/Fiume. The feature-length movie confirms this date in an early scene, Porco is seen napping with a magazine entitled Cinema with the date 1929 featured on the bottom of the cover. For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Fascism is a term used to describe authoritarian nationalist political ideologies or mass movements that are concerned with notions of cultural decline or decadence. ... Rijeka (in local Croatian dialects Rika and Reka; Fiume in Italian and Hungarian. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Porco also makes statements about his being anti-fascist. Although his transformation into a pig is never fully explained, it is hinted that it is due to him leaving his country's air force (thus turning his back on his country) because of Italy turning toward fascism. One comment in particular was that he felt it better to be a pig than a fascist. Moreover, Porco's color of choice (red) is reminiscent of socialism, communism and anti-fascism in general. Fascism (in Italian, fascismo), capitalized, was the authoritarian political movement which ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini. ... Fascism is a term used to describe authoritarian nationalist political ideologies or mass movements that are concerned with notions of cultural decline or decadence. ... Religious socialism Key Issues People and organizations Related subjects Socialism refers to a broad array of ideologies and political movements with the goal of a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to control by the community. ... This article is about the form of society and political movement. ... Members of the Dutch Eindhoven Resistance with troops of the US 101st Airborne in Eindhoven in September 1944. ...


In fact, the whole story takes place during the fascist era. It appears clear especially when Italian guards are portrayed in military parades with typical fascist uniforms ("blackshirts"), though with different colors (black, blue and green). When Porco is buying ammo from his favorite tool shop, the owner states that "government is changing again", as fascism was rising in that period and was initially seen by many as a "firm answer" to political turmoil and instability in post-war Italy. Fascism (in Italian, fascismo), capitalized, was the authoritarian political movement which ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943 under the leadership of Benito Mussolini. ... For the University of Nebraska–Lincoln football teams defense, see Blackshirts (football). ... Fascism is a term used to describe authoritarian nationalist political ideologies or mass movements that are concerned with notions of cultural decline or decadence. ...

A scene from the film.

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Notes

Marco and Fio

The film was first planned as a short in-flight movie for Japan Airlines based on Hayao Miyazaki's manga The Age of the Flying Boat, but grew into a feature-length film. The outbreak of war in Yugoslavia cast a shadow over production and prompted a more serious tone for the movie, which originally had been set in Croatia. The airline remained a major investor in the film, and showed it as an in-flight movie well before its theatrical release. Image File history File links Vlcsnap-8104644. ... Image File history File links Vlcsnap-8104644. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Hayao Miyazaki , born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Hikoutei Jidai (The Age of the Flying Boat) is a 15 page all watercolor manga, which the animated film Porco Rosso is based on. ... Belligerents Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo Liberation Army, NATO, UCPMB SFR Yugoslavia, Serbs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Serbs of Croatia Serb Volunteer Guard, FR Yugoslavia Commanders Janez Janša, Franjo Tuđman, Alija Izetbegović, Hashim Thaci, Wesley Clark, Javier Solana, Muhamet Xhemajli, Ridvan Chazimi-Leshi, Ali Ahmeti Borisav Jovi...


Technically, the film shows Studio Ghibli's almost maniacal attention for particulars, as regards the animation and the historical Italian elements (although some Italian words are shown misspelled in the local newspaper of Milan). Studio Ghibli, Inc. ... For other uses, see Milan (disambiguation). ...


It can be speculated that the fictional "Piccolo" aircraft company depicted in the film is a reference to the Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni: the jet shown in the last scene is very similar to the late Caproni C22-J, an aircraft designed by Carlo Ferrarin (a designer for Caproni, whose name is also notably used in the movie for Marco's Air Force pilot friend). Additionally, the light reconnaissance aircraft Caproni Ca.309 is known under the name "Ghibli", the same name as Miyazaki's and Takahata's studio. Caproni Ca. ... The Caproni Ca. ...


Note also that in the early 1930s, Italian seaplane designers set world speed records (such as the Macchi M.C.72 designed by the Italian airplane designer Mario Castoldi). One of the test pilots killed during the attempt to set the speed record was named Bellini. Macchi M.C.72. ... Mario Castoldi (February 26, 1888 - May 31, 1968) was an Italian aircraft engineer and designer. ...


Marco Pagot, the name of the main character, is also an homage to the Pagot brothers, pioneers of Italian animation (Nino Pagot was the author of the first Italian animated feature film, "I fratelli dinamite"), Miyazaki's collaborators in the production of Sherlock Hound. Sherlock Hound , released as either Famous Detective Holmes or Detective Holmes in Japan) is an anime adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles Sherlock Holmes series of novels where all the characters are depicted as anthropomorphic animals, in majority dogs, such as Holmes himself and Watson. ...


The "Mamma Aiuto" sea pirate gang name is taken from a lady named Mamma Aiuto in the manga series. "Mamma Aiuto" means "Mother Help" in Italian, although it can be translated as "Help, mother" if used as an exclamation.


There may be a brief visual reference to Porco Rosso in the 3rd to last art scene in the credits of the celebrated anime Steamboy Note an inconspicuous figure with eyeglasses and a mustache, in a tan trenchcoat, dark boots, loosely tied belt, hands in pockets, and standing apart from a group gathered around Scarlet O'Hara posed in front of her red plane. This looks suspciously like the human form of Porco Rosso. Steamboy ) is a Japanese anime film, produced by Sunrise, and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, his second major anime release, following Akira. ...

Region 1 DVD cover of Porco Rosso.

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Credits

Hayao Miyazaki , born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... Mamoru Fujisawa (藤澤 守 Fujisawa Mamoru), known professionally as Joe Hisaishi (久石 è­² Hisaishi Jō, born December 6, 1950) is a composer and director responsible for over 100 soundtracks and conventional albums dating back to 1981. ... Takeshi Seyama is a Japanese film editor. ... Tokuma Shoten (徳間書店) is one of the largest entertainment publishers in Japan. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Nippon Television Network Corporation (abbreviation: NTV, Japanese: 日本テレビ放送網株式会社, Nihon Terebi Hōsōmō Kabushiki Gaisha) is a television and radio network at Shiodome in Tokyo, Japan owned by the Yomiuri Shimbun. ... Studio Ghibli, Inc. ... Hideo Ogata , (ca. ... Toshio Suzuki (鈴木 利男 Suzuki Toshio) (b. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Studio Ghibli, Inc. ...

Cast

Character Japanese voice English voice
Porco Rosso Shuichiro Moriyama Michael Keaton
Donald Curtis Akio Otsuka Cary Elwes
Madame Gina Tokiko Kato Susan Egan
Mamma Aiuto Gang Boss Tsunehiko Kamijo Brad Garrett
Mr. Piccolo Sanshi Katsura David Ogden Stiers
Fio Piccolo Akemi Okamura Kimberly Williams-Paisley

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Awards

  • "Prix du long métrage (Feature movie) International Animation film festival - Annecy 1993

Reception

Source Reviewer Grade / Score Notes
Anime News Network Carlo Santos Overall (dub): A-
Overall (sub): A-
Story: B+
Animation: A+
Art: A
Music: A-
DVD/Anime Movie Review
AnimeOnDVD Chris Beveridge Content: A
Audio: B+
Video: A+
Packaging: B+
Menus: B
Extras: B+
DVD/Anime Movie Review
THEM Anime Reviews Raphael See 5 out of 5 Anime Movie Review

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Porco and Gina have known each other for a long time; on a wall of the club there is a picture of the young Gina, Porco in his human form, and three of his comrades on a plane, the Adriano.
One day, when Porco is on his way to Milan to have his seaplane repaired, he is shot down by Curtis, who has now been hired by the pirates and is eager to make his name as the champion pilot of the Adriatic.
Porco Rosso is one of the few movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki in which the historical and geographical settings are clearly defined, and where most of the story could have happened in the real world.
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Porco Rosso for instance, the tale of a guilt-plagued aviator who has turned into a reclusive pig but continues to patrol the skies against a pirate menace, has to the best of my knowledge received a theatrical release in only one foreign territory, namely France (where Jean Reno provided the voice for the eponymous hero).
Porco Rosso is a fantasy tale that's lyrical to the point of being naive.
In Porco Rosso, Miyazaki doesn't criticise us for what we're doing wrong, but instead shows us how valuable and wonderful it is to be A) alive and B) human.
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