Japan, 1992, 94 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, Rated PG, Japanese with English subtitles, GKIDS
"Mr. Miyazaki smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism." – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Hayao Miyazaki fans will be familiar with the maestro’s fascination with flight; in Porco Rosso, he indulges his passion to the fullest. Set in a mid-war Italy swept by fascism, the film follows the life of Marco, a world-weary flying ace turned bounty hunter who plies his trade above the waters of the Adriatic. Somewhere along the way a curse has transformed Marco’s head into the head of a pig, reflecting his loss of faith in humanity. Marco meets his polar opposite in the innocent and energetic 17-year-old Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and the two are catapulted into an airborne adventure pursued by air pirates, the Italian army, and an egotistical American flying ace. An avid aviation buff, Miyazaki’s airplane designs conform scrupulously to the technology of the period. But most impressive are the exhilarating aerial scenes: sweeping panoramas of wind, cloud, smoke and water and the breathtaking feeling of soaring though the air in an open cockpit.
For over three decades, Studio Ghibli has transported audiences across the globe to magical realms filled with fantastic creatures and awe-inspiring sights. Led by co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the Japanese studio has garnered numerous awards, set box office records, and touched the hearts of children and adults alike. Join us for a two-week celebration as we present, in partnership with GKIDS, all 22 films (and one short!) in the Complete Studio Ghibli.