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.

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

This screening is part of our Miyazaki Madness series where we're celebrating master animator Hayao Miyazaki all month long!!

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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