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2,768 Ratings

Porco Rosso

Kurenai no buta

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan, 1992
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy


In 1930s Italy, a former World War I fighter pilot who has been turned into an anthropomorphic pig by a curse is now a bounty hunter, battling the sky pirates of the Adriatic Sea.

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Porco Rosso Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Critics reviews

Unlike Grave of the Fireflies, Porco Rosso doesn’t seek to ponder harrowing realities through an oft-fantastical medium, but rather successfully seeks to balance familiar elements of Hollywood entertainments and Miyazaki’s own contemplative philosophies and imaginative, self-effacing personality, not unlike a Hawks or Ford military melodrama.
February 24, 2015
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PORCO ROSSO is hardly the odd-man-out in Hayao Miyazaki’s canon—in fact it’s entrenched in his sense of moral ambiguity and vivid visions of flight—but the silly central conceit coupled with an unlikely adult protagonist have left this one easily dismissed. More’s the pity, as the animation grandmaster has seldom painted a clearer picture than this anti-war parable set upon a magnificent Mediterranean canvas.
July 27, 2012
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