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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, moving and beautiful to look at..., 20 Jun 2005
This review is from: Porco Rosso [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Get over the curious fact that the hero of this story is an Italian WWI aviator curiously transformed into a pig and you won't fail to be amazed by 'Porco Rosso'. It's another Studio Ghibli classic and equal to any of their other movies including 'Spirited Away'.
Porco Rosso (Crimson Pig) is a bounty hunter living in the Adriatic in the 1920s. He makes a living by flying his superb seaplane fighter and combatting the local air-pirates (also flying seaplanes) whilst admiring (from a distance) the woman he secretly loves (Gina). Again, don't get hung up on the pig thing: this is a mature and effective plot with some hard hitting political subtleties if you look closely and some spot on historical facts. The animation is first rate (as always with Ghibli) and some of the backgrounds are masterpieces: look closely at some of the framed paintings in Gina's room for example.
Where 'Porco Rosso' really shines is in the air. The flying sequences are truly exhilirating and Messers Spielberg & Lucas don't come close (really!). As always this is clearly a labour of love and art not commerce.
Oh: do me a favour and watch the subtitled Japanese version. You know it makes sense... :-)
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2013 18:16:55 BDT
Savita says:
You are right about watching the subtitled Japanese version although we ended up doing that initially because my German parner needed subtitles and most Ghibli releases have a bizarre mismatch between the English subtitles and the English voice track so you hear one verision and read another! I guess the English subtitles follow the Japanese closely and the English dub has had to be radically altered in some cases to match the Japanese mouth movements and consequently the subtitles and English dub don't match up - another good reason to watch it in Japanese with English subtitles ... and it feels better too!

Posted on 1 Nov 2013 14:14:07 GMT
John D. Iles says:
Even Miyazaki said his favorite dub of this film was the French dub (with Jean Reno as Porco). I don't understand "makes sense" about watching a film clearly set in the Adriatic Sea in Japanese.
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