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Miyazaki Hayao (Producer)
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    Originally planned as a short film for Japan Airlines, fantasy wartime adventure Porco Rosso eventually became a feature film at the hands of Japanese animation master Miyazaki Hayao. Set in Fascist-ruled Italy in between the two World Wars, Porco Rosso traces a World War I veteran fighter pilot (who happens to look like a pig) and his battles against pirates, the secret police and romantic rivals. Designed as "a manga film for middle-aged men whose brains have been worn out," Porco Rosso has just the right balance of action, comedy and even a dash of romance. The film even broke the box office record Miyazaki had set earlier with Kiki's Delivery Service, becoming the highest grossing theatrical animated film release at the time.

    Porco Rosso is a World War I veteran fighter pilot who now flies around the Adriatic Sea as a bounty hunter. When he's not flying on missions, Porco spends his time at the Hotel Adriano, run by good friend Gina. When American pilot Curtis arrives in the area to work for the pirates, he falls in love with Gina, who is obviously in love with Porco. Out of jealousy, Curtis shoots Porco's plane down. Porco manages to drag his damaged plane to Milan for repairs and meets Fio, his mechanic's granddaughter. After Fio proves herself to be a great mechanic and even offers to help Porco escape from the secret police. However, the pilot returns to discover that the pirates are now working for the Fascist government. Curtis also discovers that Porco is still alive and challenges him to a final duel for Gina.

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    Product Title: Porco-Rosso 飛天紅豬俠 飞天红猪侠 Porco-Rosso Porco-Rosso
    Producer: Miyazaki Hayao 宮崎駿 宫崎骏 宮崎駿 Miyazaki Hayao
    Release Date: 2002-05-07
    Language: Cantonese, Japanese
    Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Rating: I
    Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
    Other Information: 2DVDs
    Package Weight: 180 (g)
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001832964

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    Running Time: 1 hrs 34 mins (approx.)

    Japanese and Cantonese Version/
    Chinese and English Subtitles

    Suitable DVD Code 3




      In the Adriatic Sea in the days after World War I, many flying aces have become "sky pirates", raiding the sea-lanes. Marco "Porco" Rosso, is a bounty hunter whose scarlet biplane is available to oppose the pirates for a fee. Upset by the interruption to their business, the pirates decide to bring in the unscrupulous, suave, and handsome American ace Donald Curtis to eliminate Porco Rosso. Curtis meets his strange nemesis and is struck by the beautiful chanteuse, Gina, who loves Marco. The two men begin a breathtaking life-and-death struggle for not only glory and honor, but also the hearts of the charming ladies, Gina and Fio......

    (Disc 2)
    Cantonese Version/ English Subtitles


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    Professional Review of "Porco-Rosso"

    September 9, 2004

    Yes, I know what you're thinking, is this yet another review that waxes lyrical about the genius of Hayao Miyazaki?
    Well, guess what, you win a million dollars!
    Well, you would if I had the money in the first place!

    But how could I not? Porco Rosso is one of my favourite Miyazaki films and worth every damn cent you didn't get from me. A spirited film that surprises and fills you with a sense of elation each time you watch it. Yes, pigs can fly and in fact, according to Porco "A pig who doesn't fly is just an ordinary pig". See, the pig is cool.

    Where do I begin? Porco is a grumpy, self-loathing pilot pig who wants little to do with the human race. He lives in a secluded lagoon and hunts sea pirates for a living. He smokes too much and holds a burning torch for a thrice-widowed singer. And boy can he fly a plane!

    It's the end of the 1920s, the Great Depression has set in and Fascism is on the rise. The first World War is over, but still fresh in peoples' minds. Nestled somewhere between Italy and the former Yugoslavia, in the Adriatic Sea is where Porco hides away from society, in a tent... on the himself, only coming out when he has to hunt down those disagreeable but still lovable sea-pirates. Porco is so good at this he becomes somewhat of a romantic hero for the ladies but regarded as a annoying twat for the men.
    Of course, his mystique is enhanced further by the fact that he has a face of a pig.

    As you watch the film, you realise this is not some curse put on by a wicked witch that can only be lifted by a kiss from a beautiful princess. How he became one is of minor concern in this story, but why he chose to be one is important.
    This is a journey of a man disenchanted with the world and became a pig and is unexpectedly rejuvenated for life again. Along the road of rediscovery, there are thrilling dogfights, new friends, a larger than life American wannabe Errol Flynn and the seaplane race of a lifetime, fighting for honour, money and the girl.

    Despite boasting a weighty political subplot, taking into consideration the complicated time in history the film was set in, it never detracts from the central narrative which is always entertaining and amusing. It is still one rip-roaring, swashbuckling adventure of the skies.
    Scenes of Porco flying his beloved red seaplane are inspiring and the stuff of legends. You are not witnessing a pig flying a plane, you ARE in the plane with him and helping him steer, damn it! You feel as free as Porco does when he swerves, dips and loops his plane and you share his sense of joy when he views the inviting ocean, shimmering in the sunlight. Ah...

    I'm always so impressed by how perfect the Ghibli team evoke the sense of time in their films. That is not to say everything is historically correct but in Porco Rosso the the Italian coastline is rendered so lovingly that you can smell the salt in the air.
    Every divine frame in this film makes me want to put on my bathers and jump into the Adriatic Sea. If you're stuck in a cold city and sick of the cold like me, then this is akin to taking a celluloid holiday.
    And now imagine seeing this on the big screen. Wow.

    So, if the Ghibli showcase is happening in your town, then get out there and see it. It'd be the cheapest holiday you've ever taken and worth every penny.

    9.5 stripey deckchairs out of 10

    by Ching Yee -

    Editor's Pick of "Porco-Rosso"

    Picked By A-Xiang Joe
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    December 31, 2009

    Pigs rule
    As an avid supporter of the works of Miyazaki Hayao, there was no way around Porco Rosso for me. The master animator sparked off my imagination with this absorbing fantasy adventure tale that lives through its beguiling animation and intriguing characters, never leaving a single moment of boredom.

    Porco Rosso is mainly carried by its eponymous protagonist Porco Rosso, a.k.a Marco Pagotto, whose origin, including when and why his features turned into that of a pig, is shrouded in mystery. Making a stand for justice, Porco depicts a different kind of hero who isn't gifted with good looks and an athletic figure, but nevertheless gets things done in his very own unique manner. Miyazaki created the perfect companion for the always cool and relaxed protagonist in Fio Picollo, who is full of emotions and fits into the mold of the animator's other female heroines, constantly eager to discover the wonders of the big wide world. The incorporation of a gang of dumb yet likable air pirates and a group of adorable, chaos-creating kindergarten brats also wonderfully add to the amusement in Porco Rosso.

    Although Miyazaki often focuses on aviation, Porco Rosso once again managed to impress me immensely with its stunning aerial battles during which Porco and his rival, Donald Curtis, perform loops and other breathtaking maneuvers in mid-flight. Still, my favorite aerial scene has to be the one in which the canons of the planes start to malfunction, forcing both Porco and his opponent to resort to more primitive means like throwing spare parts to continue their fight. Miyazaki succeeds in squeezing in some more light suspense by settling the final score between Porco and Curtis in the good old traditional way - with an all-or-nothing boxing contest. As far as music is concerned, Hisaishi Joe adds the finishing stroke to Porco Rosso with his well-crafted score which goes with both serene scenarios set against idyllic locations like Adriatic beaches as well as the more action-filled chase scenes in the sky.

    With Porco Rosso Miyazaki has created another original tale about a guy who has the looks of a pig but the heart of a true hero.
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    Customer Review of "Porco-Rosso"

    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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    February 13, 2006

    Porcine perfection! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Though I am seldom disappointed by any of Hayao Miyazaki's works, Porco Rosso is a film that plays all angles with acute mastery. I laughed, I cried, and was taken aback by the masterful animation, coupled with the complex (thought somewhat predictable) storyline. Porco is a true hero, unable to forgive himself for living through a war that claimed his closest friends, though rediscovering honor and life through his adventures as a for-hire seaplane pilot shortly before WWII. Check out this film! It's your only chance to root for a porcine protagonist, in metaphor and in form.
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