Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta)
Porco Rosso (Kurenai no buta) (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

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Daniel Etherington

It's lean and vibrant.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a near miss that nevertheless fares better than most of Miyazaki's output.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Underrated and exciting.

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Funny and delightful throughout, even with very serious themes bubbling underneath the surface.

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Animator/fabulist Hayao Miyazaki pays homage to Hollywood's wartime adventure films in this masterwork built around the adventures of a high-flying pig.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
Miyazaki's loving tribute to early aviation. The story is more male-oriented, straightforward, and based in reality (set between the two World Wars) than… More
Daniel Mumby
With Studio Ghibli films consistently topping the Japanese box office, Hayao Miyazaki could afford to take a few risks. Amid the constant clamour to bring… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Miyazaki indulges himself in his passion for seaplanes with this very enjoyable project of most personal interest, an always entertaining film that benefits… More
Tim Salmons
Loved it. Unfortunately, it dragged a bit at the beginning and the ending left me scratching my head. Otherwise, lovely as always from Miyazaki.
danny d
the first hour of this film make up one of my favorite hours in cinematic history. the story is sleek and imaginative, the animation as great as one would… More
Anthony Lawrie
Classic Hayao Miyazaki. A brilliant animation, so watchable and with a wicked script. It is a real treat to watch!

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