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Porco Rosso (1992)
"Kurenai no buta" (original title)

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The adventures of "Porco Rosso", a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shûichirô Moriyama ...
Kurenai no Buta (voice)
Tokiko Katô ...
Jina-sama (voice)
Sanshi Katsura ...
Pikkoro-oyaji (voice) (as Bunshi Katsura)
Tsunehiko Kamijô ...
Manmayuto no shachô (voice)
Akemi Okamura ...
Fio Pikkoro (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Donarudo Kâchisu (voice)
Hiroko Seki ...
Bâ-chan (voice)
Osamu Saka ...
(voice)
Mahito Tsujimura ...
(voice)
Minoru Yada ...
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Porco Rosso (voice)
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Gina (voice)
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Grandpa Piccolo (voice)
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Fio (voice)
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Curtis (voice)
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In Early 1930's era Italy air pirates, bounty hunters and high fliers of all sorts rule the skies. The most cunning and skilled of these pilots is Porco Rosso. A former Ace, he now makes a living flying contract jobs, such as rescuing those kidnapped by air pirates. Donald Curtis, Porco's rival in the air and in catching the affections of women, provides a constant challenge to the hero, culminating in a hilarious, action packed finale. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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18 July 1992 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

The flying boats in Porco's WWI flashback story are based on historical airplanes. Porco and his squadron are flying the Macchi M.5, an Italian single-seat fighter flying boat designed and built by Macchi-Nieuport at Varese. It was extremely maneuverable and agile and matched the land-based aircraft it had to fight. The Austro-Hungarians are flying the Hansa-Brandenburg CC, a single-seat wooden-hulled fighter flying-boat, named CC after Camillo Castiglioni, financial controller of the Brandenburg company. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Porco and Curtiss are fight in their planes they crash into a tower, which sends up a variety of international flags. The United States of America flag that appears during this sequence has only 11 stripes and 20 stars, a configuration that never existed. (There were 20 stars on the flag in 1818-1819, but 13 stripes. It's unlikely this is mean to be a rare, nearly 100-year-old flag that has lost it's bottom two stripes.) Most likely it is a simplification for animation. See more »

Quotes

[Ferrarin has signaled to Porco]
Fio: What did he say?
Porco Rosso: He said "Cute kid. When did you start babysitting?"
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Apart from the title, there are no opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Wind Rises (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tokini wa mukasi no hanashi wo
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Written and Performed by Tokiko Katô
Arrangements by Yôko Kanno
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Absolutely stunning
14 March 2005 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

An aviator cursed to live out his days as a pig flies the skies of Italy circa the 1920s, battling pirates, an American grandstander (is there any other kind?) and fascists. He also has to deal with the love of two women, one his childhood sweetheart who has outlived three husbands, the other an auburn-haired and very appealing teenager who becomes his engineer -- and who bears a striking resemblance to both Kiki and Nausicaa. The gag is that Porco (Mario to his friends) doesn't deal very well with the gals in his life. The luminescent artwork on display in this striking cartoon is akin to that of CASTLE IN THE SKY and the characters are some of the best Miyazaki has ever come up with. The final dogfight is a major treat for the eyes, and right out of a John Wayne leathernecks-type movie. If kiddie films like TOTORO and KIKI and THE CAT RETURNS are not your cup of tea, this ought to be. It is a cartoon, but it plays like an adult-oriented drama with comic overtones about love unrequited and a man doing what a man has got to do. In this case, fly. And avoid romantic entanglements as much as possible. See it.


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