Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta)
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Master animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this tale about a former World War I flying ace who is also a pig. Slouching toward middle age, Porco Rosso makes his living by flying about in his bright red bi-plane and fighting sky bandits who prey on cruise ships sailing the Adriatic. When he's not engaging in dogfights, this porcine pilot lives on a deserted island retreat. Porco Rosso was once a strapping young man, but after his entire squadron was wiped out, he was mysteriously transformed into a pig. Rosso is defeated in a dogfight against a dashing American rival, who has been hired by the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"More action-packed and manga-style, but its predictable plot points (punch-ups and air-battles) are secondary to Miyazaki-esque scenes of women's work, the indifferent beauty of nature and war as nightmare."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"It's lean and vibrant."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"It's solid Miyazaki, although he has reached greater heights both before and since."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It's a film Miyazaki made for himself, to indulge his passion for seaplanes, and this personal enthusiasm comes through clearly."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...a near miss that nevertheless fares better than most of Miyazaki's output."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"That a pretty great adventure movie can rest comfortably alongside a strange tale of identity and morality... is proof enough that we're in the hands of a master storyteller"
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Underrated and exciting."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Miyazaki proves adept at evoking nostalgia as he his conjuring up entirely new worlds."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Believe it or not, my latest favorite movie hero just happens to be a flying pig. I'm not kidding."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Funny and delightful throughout, even with very serious themes bubbling underneath the surface."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Animator/fabulist Hayao Miyazaki pays homage to Hollywood's wartime adventure films in this masterwork built around the adventures of a high-flying pig."
‑ Robert Pardi, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Combining exquisite animation, (slyly subverted) Boys' Own action, and (barely concealed) adult themes, Porco Rosso goes the whole hog, offering anti-war escapades that will appeal to all ages."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"The action sequences in Porco Rosso are reminiscent of Herge's Tintin comics."
‑ Uri Lessing, eFilmCritic.com
"He does things his way, and he makes no apologies for having a snout. In fact, he's kind of smug about it."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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