Porco Rosso Eng Sub
Except for the vocals and the occasional foreshadowing of dialogue, Porco Rosso doesn’t have much of a storyline. It’s just about friends and flying. The film is often cited as a “stylistic prequel” to My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Only Yesterday (1991), but it is actually a very different animal than either of those films. Only Yesterday still plays around with fairytales and fantasy motifs, but they are presented in an abstract manner, whereas Porco Rosso is a more concrete and real experience. At times, it feels more like a compilation of short clips than a feature film.
English Voice Cast: Michael Keaton (Porco Rosso), Cary Elwes (Donald Curtis), Kimberly Williams (Fio), Susan Egan (Madame Gina), David Ogden Stiers (Grandpa Piccolo), Brad Garrett (Boss)
Japanese Voice Cast: Shichir Moriyama (Porco Rosso), Akio tsuka (Donald Curtis), Akemi Okamura (Fio), Tokiko Kato (Madame Gina), Sanshi Katsura (Grandpa Piccolo), Hiroko Seki (Boss)
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Surround (Japanese, English, French)
Subtitles: English, English captions; Closed Captioned
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
Two single-sided discs (DVD-9 & DVD-5); THX-Certified with Optimizer Tests
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99
Take flight with PORCO ROSSO, a valiant World War I flying ace! From tropical Adriatic settings to dazzling aerial maneuvers, this action-adventure from world-renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki is full of humor, courage and chivalry. When Porco – whose face has been transformed into that of a pig by a mysterious spell – infuriates a band of sky pirates with his aerial heroics, the pirates hire Curtis, a rival pilot, to get rid of him. On the ground, the two pilots compete for the affections of the beautiful Gina. But it is in the air where the true battles are waged. Will our hero be victorious Featuring extraordinary voice talents this is a thrilling ride you’ll never forget!
Enter Curtis, Porco’s retired rival. Porco’s plane had finally been worked into a pile of junk. But Curtis insists on taking it out on a one-man mission. He has a particular vendetta to settle. Within a short time, the vintage plane had been repaired and Curtis had landed. Porco asks for his assistance, but Curtis declines. Without any more orders, Porco takes off and tries to land at a military airfield. There are several obstacles between the two, all of which must be navigated. After the pilot must crash-land the plane, Porco, his beloved Gina, the evil Blackie, and his own other love, Blondie, all meet at the site of the crash. The villagers call him Porco (“Red”) Rosso.
We are now living in a world dominated by the crimes of fascist war criminals like Blackie and Porco Rosso. In 1936, he was the face of another fascist war, yet in recent years, a pilot named Curtis had successfully become the face of Nazi America. To settle old scores, they will meet again—this time in a sky full of white powder.
The crowd surges toward the shore. Porco and Curtis have exited their planes and their confrontation has turned into a fistfight in knee-deep shore water. As the fistfight continues, the two pilots begin to look pretty awful, with faces that are beaten to a pulp. It’s a boxing match for endurance now, with a clang on a frying pan to mark the end of rounds. With eyes almost swollen shut, both fighters’ punches miss entirely. But as Gina’s plane pulls up, they simultaneously knock each other out and both sink into the water. The referee starts to count. Gina calls to Porco who rises from the waves on the count of ten. He won! Gina says to the crowd, The festival is over now. Italian forces are coming to arrest you all, and everyone disperses. Boss gives Fio the prize money.