Porco Rosso is a perfect storm of Miyazaki madness: a stylish, dizzy aerial adventure tracking the intrigue and romantic exploits of a heroic fighter pilot — one who just happens to be an anthropomorphic pig! Set in Italy between the World Wars, Porco Rosso follows Marco Pagot, a flying ace rendered porcine (but no less valiant or capable) by a magical curse. The “Crimson Pig” divides his time between bounty-hunting feuds with sea pirates, and Casablanca-inspired passages reminiscing with his old flame Gina, beautiful owner of the Hotel Adriano. Based on Miyazaki’s manga “Hikōtei Jidai”, the story centers around the epic, escalating duel between Porco and dashing American blowhard Donald Curtis, who makes for a delicious rival, due in large part to his shifting loyalties and romantic intentions toward the women in Porco’s life. Complete with thrilling, complex airborne battles, this tender, reverent, underrated homage to chivalrous post-war cinema is pure luxurious escapism that gets even better with repeated viewings!
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1992, 35mm, 94 min.
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