Studio Ghibli: Porco Rosso (紅の豚)

Porco Rosso (紅の豚 Kurenai no Buta, lit. Crimson Pig) is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿). It is based on Hikoutei Jidai (飛行艇時代), a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki. The film stars the voices of Moriyama Shuuichirou, Katou Tokiko, Okamura Akemi and Ootsuka Akio. Suzuki Toshio produced the film for Studio Ghibli. Joe Hisaishi composed the music.

The plot revolves around an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing “air pirates” in the Adriatic Sea. However, an unusual curse has transformed him to an anthropomorphic pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as “Porco Rosso“, Italian for “Red Pig”.

Yet another great work from Studio Ghibli that brings us that feeling of nostalgia, this time through the beautiful landscapes of the Adriatic Sea, and the memories of long ago from a human transformed into a pig. Sounds silly? Have a look yourself!

Also watch below Joe Hisaishi interpreting Porco Rosso’s theme at the Budoukan!

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