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


Near the end of the film when Porco and Curtiss are fight in their planes they crash into a tower, which sends up a variety of international flags. The United States of America flag that appears during this sequence has only 11 stripes and 20 stars, a configuration that never existed. (There were 20 stars on the flag in 1818-1819, but 13 stripes. It's unlikely this is mean to be a rare, nearly 100-year-old flag that has lost it's bottom two stripes.) Most likely it is a simplification for animation. See more »


Porco Rosso: I'd rather be a pig than a fascist.
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Crazy Credits

Apart from the title, there are no opening credits. See more »


Referenced in Whisper of the Heart (1995) See more »


Sakuranbo no minoru koro (Le temps des cerises)
Music by Antoine Renard
Lyrics by Jean-Baptiste Clément
Performed by Tokiko Katô
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A shockingly perfect work of art
29 April 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Miyazaki is an inspiration for artists everywhere. His total mastery of all aspects of storytelling craft makes the amazing seem easy.

Kurenai no Buta manages to be over-the-top fun and exceedingly subtle at the same moment. The dialogue is at once straightforward yet with layer upon layer of dramatic meaning. The animated wizardry is stunning as usual, yet never over the top. It always comes across as so natural.

This film is a homage to so many different genres, places, people and attitudes one could go on ages pulling them all out. Amazing amount of detail packed into every scene.

Well I am running out of superlatives. Like all master works of art, this leaves you with something special. In this case I find it hard to describe perhaps since the Pig himself is such a mysterious character.

See it.

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