Miyazaki Madness: PORCO ROSSO

Director Hayao Miyazaki
Year 1992
Starring Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô and Sanshi Katsura
Rating PG
Run Time 104min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

More Info IMDb

This presentation will be a 35mm print. The version is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Set during the political volatility of between-the-wars Italy, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated 1992 adventure PORCO ROSSO introduces an unlikely hero: a portly, chauvinistic seaplane pilot with the head of a pig and the heart of Rhett Butler. The snout grew courtesy of a mysterious curse, but the heart, like Rhett’s, beats for only one woman: a sexy chanteuse who runs a popular resort on the Adriatic — a floating Rick’s Café.

Once an ace fighter pilot, Porco has deserted from the Italian military (“I’d rather be a pig than a fascist,” he explains) and now works as a freelance bounty hunter and scourge of aerial pirates. Originally intended as a short in-flight movie for Japan Airlines, PORCO ROSSO harks back nostalgically to Hollywood’s romanticized flyboys and looping dogfights.

Muting adult concerns — like the jackboots of fascism and the ubiquity of male violence — with marshmallow clouds and subtly shifting light, Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism. (Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times)

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