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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The genius stroke here is by turning the protagonist into a PIG, a whimsical yet literal mockery on those old-fashioned/outdated all-male/brotherhood chauvinist melodramatic adventure genre it so lovingly appropriates, and a gentle dig on "mankind" in general, all in good and slightly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
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Oct. 8 2013
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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., but suffused with a nostalgia for interwar movies set in Europe. Often thrilling and sometimes poignant.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true miyazaki classic Sept. 6 2011
This is another one of Studio Ghibli's classic movies. Hayao Miyazaki has once again lived up to his high expectations with an imaginative tale that explores the themes of duty, heroism, and honour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film for all ages April 3 2010
By N. Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is not just a delightful animated film, it is a spectacular film of any genre that fits on the same shelf with Casablanca, Shane, and other wonderful films about how lonely it is to be a wandering hero. I bought this for my kids, and they all love it as much as the other Miyazaki films we've collected on DVD and VHS. One of the first words of my now three year old son (who has been late getting language) was "Porco" -- a word, which, to him, meant "put the Porco Rosso video on now please Dad!!" There is something special about this film -- it is at once exciting and thrilling, and at the same time peaceful, a kind of oasis. From this perspective, for its nostalghic and evocative feel in the face of a background danger, I think it might be compared to Shane. Like Shane, Porco has something in his past that makes it difficult for him to feel fully human and integrated with others. That Miyazaki can capture this feeling and transplant it to an entirely unique setting, with resonances from his own life and experience, and tied to an even grander global scale shows once again why he is among the most remarkable, interesting and versatile of filmmakers we have (period).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant entertainment June 4 2004
By isala
I have seen the original Japanese edition of this one only, but it was great! It is set in the 1920s Italy. Boat planes roam the air. Some are pirates, some are bounty-hunters, some are just plain adventurers, some are Italian Air Force pilots. They are all united in a form of brotherhood. The leading pilot is Porco Rosso, a man turned pig. Why he his turned pig is never really explained. It is hinted that he instead of dying in a dog fight with his friends, he was turned into a pig to live on for a while more. It is all very nicely made, and works almost to the end. Almost, in the end it is hinted, again, that he returns to being a man, and dies. Why is not really clear, because there has not been any katharsis or redemption. That is my sole complaint of the film.
The animations are fantastic, the imagery vary between highly childish to just as highly evocative.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre.
Batman meets the red baron.. get the connection? Micheal Keaton voices the lead and surprisingly (to me) does a pretty good job of it. Ok, so Miyazaki likes planes. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2010 by Jamieren
3.0 out of 5 stars A mediocre movie with Miyazaki's name
I'll cut to the chase and say that I'm not a Miyazkiholic. There is no Miyazaki shrine in my closet, and I've yet to take a pilgrimage to Japan to see studio Ghibli myself. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2005 by Thomas Deacur
5.0 out of 5 stars why here?
Why should I buy Kurenay no buta on Amazon Canada? First of all becouse it is not in the catalogue of Amazon France. But why in France, or in Canada? Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Sabrina Tirabassi
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it as good as the original release?
I am a region4 customer so have not reviewed the revised DISNEY version on DVD but am reviewing the original versions for your information/comparison. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Kevin Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Miyazaki Film
I'm probably going to be in a minority in naming this my favorite film, better even than Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE LESSER KNOW OR SEEN, BUT...
And its a big one. This film was conceived original to be aired on JAL (Japan Air Lines). Mr. Miyazaki intended this film to appeal to the tired japanese businessmen coming home. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Erik E. Byberg
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