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on 20 June 2005
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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on 25 July 2017
Unleash the pig! This is a definite 'grower', having viewed it twice now. The stock Ghibli figures from other animations are readily recognisable here, and some of the animated work on show here is beautiful. It is a tail of flying, of sea pilots and of sea pirates who are also sea pilots. There are clear nods to other films and cartoon characters, notably Brutus from Popeye.The ending is curious - you will either embrace it or find it infuriating, but there is plenty to enjoy as you go along for the ride. If you - like me - are a sucker for Ghibli films, then this is a no-brainer.
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on 4 February 2017
This was an absolutely great movie, lovely story, great characters, as always, great quality and effort with the movie, everything about it is just lovely, and it was a nice surprise to see Susan Egan voiced the main love interest, lovely movie! Although one thing i did slightly odd was many older men seeming to love this younger girl, but that seems to be a thing with the Studio Ghibli movies?
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on 2 July 2017
JUST MAGICAL! FROM THE MASTER OF ANIMATION! THANKS HAYAO MIYAZAKI :)))
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on 27 July 2017
love these films. this one is one of my all time faves. its funny and heart warming
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on 26 August 2017
Great story, very enjoyable.
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on 20 August 2017
Son loves this
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on 9 September 2017
The last half an hour or so is unwatchable, or freezes and glitches, disk must be damaged. Great film though
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on 11 August 2017
This becomes more and more my favorite Miyazaki movie. Bluray is better as DVD if you like crisp animation coloring and lines.
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on 4 September 2017
great movie
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