Not only does this rank among Miyazaki’s finest achievements, it reflects his personal love of aviation, his political concerns and his fullest expression to date of a non-fantasy world resembling our own.
As usual with Miyazaki, the plot fits, starts and digresses at will, taking in the textures of pre-fascist Italy, details on the history of aviation and a lucid discussion on gender equality and physical beauty. Oh, and the kids will love it too.
Miyazaki never really explains why his aviator hero has been transformed into a pig (all the other characters are human), and the perfunctory climax fails to tie up any of the themes Miyazaki has developed. But this is masterful storytelling in every other respect, good-humored and frequently suspenseful, with a vivid setting.
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.
This is one of my favorite Miyazaki films, and easily one of his most underrated. Porco Rosso is the story of one man seeking redemption. While it maintains Miyazaki's beautiful art style, anti-war themes, and strong female characters, Porco Rosso centers on a middle-aged bounty-hunter protagonist who smokes, drinks, flirts, and flies his way through Fascist Italy in the 1930s. Charming, poignant, funny, devastating, whimsical, and melancholy, Porco Rosso has something for everyone, and isn't afraid to take risks.
You don't have to be a fan of anime to enjoy the works of Hayao Miyazaki, and this is one of his finest human dramas. Apart from the curse that turned our hero into a pig, all elements of fantasy that Miyazaki is known for are absent, and the world that this takes place in is very much our own.
One of the greatest Miyazaki productions. The visuals are gorgeous, the universe / story are original and well construct and the characters are profounds and enigmatics. I literally was in Mediterranean sea living the story with them.