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Porco Rosso (1992)Porco Rosso (1992)

Porco Rosso (1992)

A tale of resisting fascism and reckoning with the lingering burdens of war

Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9

movie

Japan

Japanese

1992

Hayao Miyazaki

Akemi Okamura, Akio Otsuka, Bunshi Katsura Vi

94 min

Synopsis

In Italy in the 1930s, sky pirates in biplanes terrorize wealthy cruise ships as they sail the Adriatic Sea. The only pilot brave enough to stop the scourge is the mysterious Porco Rosso, a former World War I flying ace who was somehow turned into a pig during the war. As he prepares to battle the pirate crew's American ace, Porco Rosso enlists the help of spunky girl mechanic Fio Piccolo and his longtime friend Madame Gina.

Our Take

7.9
Taylor Leigh Harper

As impressive as Studio Ghibli’s collection of films are, I am still stubborn to believe that Porco Rosso is its most underrated film. Porco Rosso, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, is the story of a World War military aviator-turned-bounty hunter who has mysteriously been transformed into a pig. 

Bright with humor, heart, and flight (Miyazaki is largely influenced and inspired by the art of aviation), Porco Rosso manages to also acknowledge and reckon with the horrors of war. It also boasts one of, if not the greatest, line in any Ghibli film: I’d rather be a pig than a fascist.

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