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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale about a former World War I flying ace who is also a pig. Slouching toward middle age, Porco Rosso makes his living by flying about in his bright red bi-plane and fighting sky bandits who prey on cruise ships sailing the Adriatic. When he's not engaging in dogfights, this porcine pilot lives on a deserted island retreat. Porco Rosso was once a strapping young man, but after his entire squadron was wiped out, he was mysteriously transformed into a pig. Rosso is defeated in a dogfight against a dashing American rival, who has been hired by the dastardly bandits. With his plane damaged, he finds a repair hangar near Milan run by an aging mechanic named Piccolo, and his spunky granddaughter Fio. Initially skeptical of her mechanical prowess, Rosso is amazed when she and a legion of local women fix his plane. Soon, Porco Rosso is ready to battle his rival.~Jonathan Crow
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 10 months when reviewed.
Amazing movie. Highly recommend to add to your steelbook collection as well!
Favorite Ghibli movie!
More lighthearted than some of the other (more popular) Miyazaki movies, and it is such a fun ride!!
I didn't buy it for the SteelBook, but it does look better in person in comparison to the online picture: it's darker blue, and shiny!
I was afraid the picture quality wouldn't be spectacular considering it is an older movie, but it looked great!
So happy I finally own this on Blu-ray!!
One of the greatest Miyazaki productions. The visuals are gorgeous, the universe / story are original and well constructed and the characters are well written. I literally was in Mediterranean sea living the story with them.
All of the Studio Ghibli movies are great in their own ways, this one is about a pilot who fights sky pirates and, in spite of having looks that suggest he’s a upright walking pig rather than a person, somehow has a way with women...mostly by not trying. A lot of the story revolves around flying and the freedom that provides for one man whose looks might be odd, but whose skills are unmatched except by one American hotshot flyer, and that’s debatable. With this one you have dogfights, fistfights, gambling for the fate of a young ladies hand in marriage, and a nice old timer style and class.
Now for what it’s not, it’s not the best of the Studio Ghibli movies, for me that’s either Spirited Away or The Cat Returns, both of those have an otherworldly nature that grabs all of your attention because it’s not normal. Porco Rosso, for all its differences from reality, isn’t so far removed from what we might expect to understand what’s going on at any given point. The story leaves you with questions about exactly what happens next, but all that means is each viewer can see what they want to see for the future of the characters they will have come to like so much.