Porco Rosso DVD
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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Produced in 1992
Main Language - Japanese with English subtitles
First planned as a 30-45 minutes in-flight movie on Japan Airlines, Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso has been described as 'a movie which tired businessmen on international flights can enjoy even with their minds dulled due to lack of oxygen'!
As Miyazaki's imagination took off, it became a feature-length movie about an Italian Air Force pilot who left the service due to the rise of fascism. He became a bounty hunter, assuming the name 'Porco Rosso'.
Publisher: Studio Canal
Length: 93 mins
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 25th August 2006
Cat No: OPTD0318
- Interviews with producer Toshio Suzuki.
by Anon on 13th December 2005
Studio Ghibli is the brainchild of one of the world’s greatest living film directors, Hayao Miyazaki, who has created the three most successful motion pictures ever ma... Read on
Studio Ghibli is the brainchild of one of the world’s greatest living film directors, Hayao Miyazaki, who has created the three most successful motion pictures ever made in Japan—Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). With their breathtaking animation, Miyazaki’s greatest works have been described as “enchanting, radiantly colorful fever dreams”.
Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta, 1992) stars a First World War flying ace who happens to have the face of a pig. Disillusioned with humanity, he stops being human out of disgust, preferring “being a pig to being a fascist.” He leaves the Italian Air Force in the late 1920s because of the rise of Fascism. Becoming a bounty hunter and adopting the name Porco Rosso (“The Crimson Pig”), he ventures forth over the Adriatic to battle the air pirates. It’s a bit strong for a children’s film, but Miyazaki’s themes are always adult. Therein lies his genius. With lovely teenage mechanic and aircraft designer Fio as its co-star, Porco Rosso is a beguiling action romance that engages our emotions by its sweep and grandeur from beginning to end.
Miyazaki’s films should not be watched in English-dubbed versions, but, rather, in Japanese, with English subtitles. Dubbing robs them of their authenticity.