12 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING ‘PORCO ROSSO’

“You make me think humanity’s not a complete waste” – Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso, released in 1992, revolves around the story of an Italian World War I ex-fighter pilot. Porco Rosso was Italy’s ace in the sky, but now lives as a freelance bounty hunter chasing sky-pirates. However, a strange curse has transformed him into a pig…

  1. It’s humorous

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  2. It’s “a tale of missed opportunities”

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  3. Miyazaki has managed to find a balance between the light-heartedness of the film and the deeper themes

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  4. Despite all the rivalries and sky-pirates that feature in the film – the storyline grounds the film

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  5. There’s a curse involved…

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  6. It’s revealed that Porco Rosso is tragic fairy tale – due to Porco’s curse and the impossible love story he has with Gina

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  7. The characters are loveable

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  8. With this film, you can watch it with the French language track on. It’s an experience to watch Porco Rosso in a romance language because majority of the characters, including the main character, in the movie are Italian

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  9. Joe Hisaishi composed the music. I mean, do you even need another reason?

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  10. Fio breaks gender norms – she’s a mechanic and she’s definitely good at what she does. She’s also a good negotiator, intelligent and knows how stands up for herself

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  11. Miyazaki also puts some more feminism in the movie. As Porco’s regular mechanic’s sons have all migrated (due to The Great Depression), the mechanic uses an all-female team repair the plane

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  12. Porco Rosso is one of the few films directed by Miyazaki in which the historical and geographical settings are clearly defined

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