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
Porco Rosso is based on manga Hikoutei Jidai (The Age of the Flying Boat) by Hayao Miyazaki, part of Zassou Note series. See more »
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 »
[Ferrarin has signaled to Porco]
What did he say?
He said "Cute kid. When did you start babysitting?"
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The opening text explaining the setting is given in Japanese, Italian, Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, French and German. See more »
There is not a great deal that I could add to what has been said about this movie. I was bowled over by it, as was my wife.
As has been said before, it is not like any other animated feature that I have seen. I kept wondering who would play the leading role if this were a live movie. Porco (or Marco) is a great swashbuckling romantic hero. Perhaps the Humphrey Bogart of Casablance would be similar.
I saw this in Japanese, not in English, and I think that might be the best way. The male characters use the sort of voice tone and inflection that I associate with samurai movies -- a loud and very gruff tone. That seemed to fit the movie very well. I can't imagine English language actors doing the same.
I have now seen a number of Miyazawa's films, and am amazed each time.
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