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Porco Rosso (Bilingual)
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Take flight with PORCO ROSSO, a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full of humor, courage, and chivalry. When "Porco" -- whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell -- infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a rival pilot, to "get rid" of him. On the ground, the two pilots compete for the affections of the beautiful Gina. But it is in the air where the true battles are waged. Will our hero be victorious? Featuring extraordinary voice talents, this 2-disc set is a thrilling ride you'll never forget!~~(c) 1992 Nibariki - GNN
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 SolomonSee all Product Description
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"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.
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.
The story is set between the World Wars and revolves around Porco. An ex World War One pilot who has been turned partially into a pig by some strange curse. Strangely enough, this really plays no further part in the story and frankly Miyazaki could have simply left him as a man without altering the storyline in any measurable way. So instead the storyline revolves around his job as a mercenary seaplane pilot hired out to protect shipping from air pirates. It's as simple as that.
Although over two decades old, the animation is still very, very good. While not up to the standards of a Princess Mononoke or a Spirited Away; it's still a prime example of how good pure cell animation can be. And as you watch it, you'll see many similarities to his other films. So the little girls at the beginning of the film will definitely remind you of Ponyo, the air pirates of Castle in the Sky, Gina a bit of Lady Eboshi and Fio of numerous young Miyazaki heroines like Kiki and Arrietty. It's that same magical blend of whimsical fantasy and comedy with a few added jabs at the rise of Fascism in Italy. So both adults and children will love it equally as well.
As for this new combo edition; don't expect a major upgrade. The DVD is identical to the original release right down to the same THX intro and ten year old movie trailers. Plus the same simple Stereo Pro-logic surround tracks in English, French and Japanese as well.Read more ›
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Micheal Keaton totally rocks voicing this character. His tone adds more humour to a humourous character. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Razziael
One of my most favorite Miyazake films. Beautifully executed. Fun and dreamy.Published 13 months ago by OAT
A beautifully told story of friendship. Fantastic animation, voice characterization and music. Great escape into a world full of magical and humorous occurrences.Published 21 months ago by Karen Laharty
It was in Japanese and Italian only ... obviously my bad since I did not ready it. But I would expect it to be also in English since the product is selling in amazon. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amina Tan
A 'light' film from Miyazaki, but with all the characteristic quirkiness and stunning animation & direction one expects from him. Not a deep meditation on the environment, etc. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2013 by Professor Plum
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