Porco Rosso Anime Review

Porco Rosso
紅の豚, Kurenai no Buta

Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao)

Another oldie but goodie from Studio Ghibli. This is one of the few movies by Miyazaki that does not feature a female protagonist, although we do see lots of character types that show up in his other movies. This movie really made me want to go see the Adriatic Sea, it was protrayed so beautifully. It also evoked a powerful sense of nostalgia for that brief peaceful interlude between the two World Wars, before all the dreams were shattered.

This is probably one of the most adult of Miyazaki's movies, and by that I suppose you could substitute mature. Even though it was lighthearted and sweet, there was still a hint of the terrible scars left by the Great War, and the ominous foreboding of the greater war to come. The planes, and especially the plane factory, are very well done. I'm not an aeronautical engineer, but this bit felt right to me.

I liked it.

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