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Porco Rosso
The Flying Film Exists for Adult Men
Date:07, Jan, 2014
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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“Porco Rosso” is a 1992 Japanese animated film directed by Miyazaki Hayao. That is a worldwide masterpiece as having made Time Out's top 50 animated movie list. Above all, it politely describes Japanese style although the story goes on in Italy of the interwar period.


Now, let me here introduce its plot simply. When worldwide financial crisis happened over the earth, in the Adriatic Sea of Italy, there was a well-known freelance bounty hunter who was called Porco Rosso. He operated his red flying boat and earned a lot of money. But somehow, Porco was not a man however also a pig…

Although some says his red boat means communism that’s Miyazaki Hayao’s principle, as you know, the film does not point any. It includes a little bit of comments on war and capitalism, for giving it a subtle flavor.

It is rare for Miyazaki’s anime works that “Porco Rosso” is well‐received among adult males or boys longing for a cool man. I have never met a woman who says this film is her favorite all among Studio Ghibli works.

Produced in Japan, it shows many Japanese styles though it goes in Italy. So it could be compared to a mixture.


For instance, a special feature of Japan is labor intensive industries, though Western countries have had capital intensive. In old time, we Japanese had a great amount of cheaper talent and it was easy to have many artisans grow up. As the Industrial Revolution has shown, Westerns have tried hard to cut back on their labor costs and have decreased their workers.

The labor intensive working is also described on “Porco Rosso.” To mend his red boat, Porco goes to a Milanese factory, Piccolo Inc. You see numberless women work there. That must make many Japanese men feel some nostalgia and kind of longing.

Namely, the film exists for adult males, especially Japanese, rather than all of people.




about Porco Rosso

・Directed by Miyazaki Hayao
・Produced by Suzuki Toshio
・Originally Written by Miyazaki Hayao
・Written by Miyazaki Hayao
・Running time: 93 minutes
・Released on July 18, 1992
・Distributed by Toho







 

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