Porco Rosso (1992)
"Kurenai no buta" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Fantasy  |  18 July 1992 (Japan)
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The adventures of "Porco Rosso", a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shûichirô Moriyama ...
Kurenai no Buta (voice)
Tokiko Katô ...
Jina-sama (voice)
Sanshi Katsura ...
Pikkoro-oyaji (voice) (as Bunshi Katsura)
Tsunehiko Kamijô ...
Manmayuto no shachô (voice)
Akemi Okamura ...
Fio Pikkoro (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Donarudo Kâchisu (voice)
Hiroko Seki ...
Bâ-chan (voice)
Osamu Saka ...
Mahito Tsujimura ...
Minoru Yada ...
Porco Rosso (voice)
Gina (voice)
Grandpa Piccolo (voice)
Fio (voice)
Curtis (voice)


In Early 1930's era Italy air pirates, bounty hunters and high fliers of all sorts rule the skies. The most cunning and skilled of these pilots is Porco Rosso. A former Ace, he now makes a living flying contract jobs, such as rescuing those kidnapped by air pirates. Donald Curtis, Porco's rival in the air and in catching the affections of women, provides a constant challenge to the hero, culminating in a hilarious, action packed finale. Written by Anonymous

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air pirate | pilot | italy | 1930s | hero | See All (43) »

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Rated PG for violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 1992 (Japan)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Hayao Miyazaki:  [flying]  Much of the movie's action involves planes and flying. See more »


(at around 54 mins) When Porco is in the pub, there is a Shell logo on the outside wall. That logo was used from 1971 to 1995. See more »


Porco Rosso: A pig's gotta fly.
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Crazy Credits

Opening text explaining the setting is given in Japanese, Italian, Korean, English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, French and German. See more »


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Tokini wa mukasi no hanashi wo
(theme song)
Written and Performed by Tokiko Katô
Arrangements by Yôko Kanno
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Great story, wonderful characters, fantastic animation
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, I've never seen the title "Kurenai no buta" except on IMDb. The English title on my copy and all other references I've found on the web are "Porco Rosso". Outside Japan, that's the title to look for at the video store.

Let's see what we've got: an Italian Pig speaking Japanese, "Knock your socks off" aerial vistas, not one but two beautiful heroines, an Adriatic hotel that's actually a small island, better dialog than many "live" movies, sky pirates, even good music. How many films can claim all that?

Perhaps the most attractive character of the film, after you've gotten past the many obvious ones, is Myazaki's amazing imagination which pervades all aspects of the production.

To me, the storyline is reminiscent of Hollywood's Golden Age. The characters are wonderful, even to an adult audience and, of course, high quality animation is the frosting on the cake.

After seeing Porco Rosso, I bought the DVD, and I hardly ever do that!

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