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Porco Rosso (Bilingual)

Michael Keaton , Cary Elwes , Hayao Miyazaki    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Porco Rosso (The Crimson Pig, 1992) ranks as Hayao Miyazaki's oddest film: a bittersweet period adventure about a dashing pilot who has somehow been turned into a pig. Miyazaki once said, "Initially, it was supposed to be a 45-minute film for tired businessmen to watch on long airplane flights... Why kids love it is a mystery to me." The early 1930s setting enabled Miyazaki to focus on the old airplanes he loves, and the film boasts complex and extremely effective aerial stunts and dogfights. In the new English dub from Disney, Michael Keaton as Porco delivers lines like "All middle-aged men are pigs" with appropriate cynicism, but his voice may be too familiar for some Miyazaki fans. Susan Egan makes a curiously distant Gina, the thrice-widowed hotel owner bound to Porco by years of friendship; Kimberly Williams is more effective as the irrepressible young engineer Fio. Porco Rosso may be an odd film, but Miyazaki's directorial imagination never flags. (Rated PG: violence, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Miyazaki's Autobiography---Even a Pig Can Fly June 29 2004
From a fan and student of Miyazaki-san:
"Porco Rosso" is the master's most autobiographical work, for once he was not trying to impart any moral or environmental lessons to children or young girls or the Japanese society, as most of his other works did---but a heartfelt fantasy projection of himself (being an independent agent neither belonging to your typical Japanese Anime Industry or the Hollywood/Disney American Culture juggernaut, as symbolized by the brash American Pilot-Fighter, Curtis).
It's also a celebration of his fellow frustrated romantic and idealistic adults (many tired Japanese salary men and animators) who have not completely surrendered their youthful dreams to the MAN/military industry.
Set in Post WWI Europe, where Fascism was on the rise, the Continental world it captured was a last breath of fantastic and natural freedom before a long darkness set in...
The genius stroke here is by turning the protagonist into a PIG, a whimsical yet literal mockery on those old-fashioned/outdated all-male/brotherhood chauvinist melodramatic adventure genre it so lovingly appropriates, and a gentle dig on "mankind" in general, all in good and slightly surreal fun.
In this story, Miyazaki made fun (instead of preaching to) of his society, himself and his prominent role in it.
Yet, behind all the cartoony surface lies the touching elegiac sadness of a lost past and a yearning hope (placed esp. on a young female) for a better future, straight from Miyazaki-san's cynical/sentimental heart.
Presented as a light-hearted lark only makes its immersing nostalgia and lyricism all the more spontaneously enchanting
and unexpectedly affecting. A magical paradox of his great art.
"Porco Rosso" is the "Casablanca" of cartoons with a touch of Roald Dahl, and the most under-rated and overlooked of Miyazaki's fabulous work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Miyazaki too . . . June 27 2004
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I agree with the other reviewer who mentioned this was the favorite Miyazaki - I love Porco even more than the popular Mononke and Spirited Away. You can't go wrong with any of this masters work - but Porco has beautiful aerial scenes, well-developed characters and the soundtrack is superb. The detail in the planes and other mechanics can be more impressive artistically than nature-only scenes.
Although our protaganist is a man (okay, turned pig), Miyazaki's tradition of strong female characters continues in this film through with both the "love interest" and the marvelous plane mechanic.
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So, it's finally going to happen. Here's hoping that the people at Disney do the original version some justice..... by leaving it alone!! My family and I have watched a bootleg copy that was given to us of this film on DVD for the last couple of years. While the subtitles are sometimes a bit hasty posted to read, repeated viewings have helped to make this a very enjoyable film. It has also slowly become a sort of cult favorite with us. The ending is particularly poignant. As a guy with a soft spot for genuine romance and a passion for adventures, particularly those involving older aircraft, this film really leaves it's mark. My entire family look forward, eagerly to seeing the new release for American audiences.Also, comparing this film to other films by this director and storyteller is silly. Miyazaki is a versitile creator, capable of involving many types of storytelling and animation techniques and story pacing to tell a wide variety of stories on film. For those who think this is a kids film, it is not, no more than Casablanca is a kids film. They can watch it and probably will enjoy it but this is not "My Neighbor Totoro" or "Kiki's Delivery Service". Comparing it to them is not relevant regarding the story's content or the animation. Do people let their little ones watch "Princess Mononoke" because it's an animated feature? I certainly hope not. "....Mononoke" deserved it's PG-13 rating and "Porko Rosso" deserves it's PG rating for reasons regarding content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Miyazaki Film May 7 2004
By Matthew
I'm probably going to be in a minority in naming this my favorite film, better even than Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. It's different from most of Miyazaki's other movies, in that the protagonist is middle-aged and most of his character development is subtle. It pays off in a tone that is considerably more adult than anything Miyazaki has done before or since - regardless of the slapstick air pirate sequences.
One of the other reviews here says Porco has become a pig due to a "tragic accident." As far as I can tell, he became a pig because he was disgusted with humanity; whether he did it to himself deliberately or whether it just happened seems ambiguous.
For my money, Porco's description of his near-death experience during the war is one of the best scenes ever animated.
I should note here that I've only seen a Japanese version, with somewhat poorly synchronized English subtitles. I don't care about the dubbed version at all, in fact. (There is a French language version with Jean Reno as Porco. That would be worth seeing.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even a weak Miyazaki film is still a masterpiece. April 2 2004
Alternately known as THE CRIMSON PIG, this film was the highest grossing movie of 1992 in Japan, beating out Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Steven Spielberg's HOOK. It's even popular to this day with animation buffs and fans. But I'm going to take an unpopular stand and say that I was actually disappointed by this film. Sure, it's as gorgeously animated as Miyazaki's other films, the story is well told, and Joe Hisaishi's music is fabulous as always - but PORCO ROSSO ended up being my least favorite Miyazaki movie for various reasons.
For one, it lacks the adventurous spirit and imagination of NAUSICAA, CASTLE IN THE SKY, and PRINCESS MONONOKE and doesn't have even half the whimsy or charm of KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO nor the surrealness of SPIRITED AWAY. Instead, it concentrates on telling an adult-oriented story about a disgraced World War I air pilot turned into a pig because of a tragic accident. A rival pilot is competing with him for the love of a lovely nightclub singer who entertains folks at the Hotel Adriano; later, Porco is befriended by a young airplane engineer whose romantic crush on the pilot slowly makes him look beyond his self-loathing. I don't consider this kind of tale a bad thing; after all, it is important for one to explore more than one genre, but the overall film is not as memorable or magical as Miyazaki's other movies. Part of the problem, too, is the characterizations, which are not as well fleshened out or sympathetic. I'm sorry, but I didn't remember any particular character that I found myself liking by the end of the movie. Perhaps it is because PORCO ROSSO just didn't cut it for me, or maybe I've been spoiled by Miyazaki's other films, but I consider this movie to be the weakest of his works.
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Published 3 months ago by Karen Laharty
2.0 out of 5 stars obviously my bad since I did not ready it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre movie with Miyazaki's name
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5.0 out of 5 stars why here?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it as good as the original release?
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