Detroit Film Theatre

Saturday Animation Club: PORCO ROSSO

Saturday, January 25, 2014

3:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Japan/1992—directed by Hayao Miyazaki) 

This unsung treasure from the great Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro) nestles a tale of morality inside a soaring airborne adventure — a tribute to early aviation and the reckless flyboys whose home was the open sky. 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. Miyazaki fans will be familiar with the writer/director’s fascination with flight (also seen in his most recent film, The Wind Rises); in Porco Rosso (The Red Pig), Miyazaki indulges his passion to the fullest. 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. English language version. (94 min.)

“Critics’ Pick! In Miyazaki’s magical world, female characters are often smarter, braver and more resourceful than their male counterparts. The director smooshes fantasy and history into a yarn as irresistible as his feminism.” –Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times