Porco Rosso - (Import DVD)
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N. Taliakis, Bedfordview. 2 September 2009
This is the unbelievably brilliant animated story of an Italian first world war fighter pilot turned (cursed) into a pig, now chasing air pirates in the Adriatic Sea!!
Hayao Miyazaki focuses on the period between the first and second world wars and the rise of Fascism in Italy. Added to this, is an “old style” romance with resort owner and singer Gina. The central story involves Porco and the "air pirates", who bring in the chauvinistic American pilot Curtis (who reminded me of Ronald Reagan) to sort out Porco.
The film “flies” at pace, offering some of the most stunning arial flight and dog-fight sequences I have ever witnessed (and I’m a flight/war movie buff). The aircraft are incredible but Hayao Miyazaki’s love affair with “period” aircraft is well known.
The movie finale is as satisfying as it gets and the slightly ambiguous ending is perfect – I have watched this movie at least 4 times and have introduced most of my friends to Studio Ghibli through this movie…
Don’t delay – just buy it it’s high adventure for dad, incredible fun for the kids and a story of unremited love for mom – This movie has it all!
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