Saturday, June 25, 2005

porco rosso

i've just watched a very delightful early hayao miyazaki film, 'porco rosso'. this film portrays the title character as half-pig, half-man, with all the emotions a full human being has. he's a bounty hunter who works with and against air pilots, and his character, as in all miyazaki animes, is fully developed. though he looks like a pig, he certainly doesn't act like one, and one can only imagine how he got this way. well, ok, you learn in the film, but i don't want to give it away.

as usual in miyazaki films, a strong young female heroine emerges, this one called zio. she's a plucky 17 year old plane designer who convinces porco to let her take the challenge of remaking his destroyed plane. of course you know this will work out perfectly, but that's the only thing that really isn't surprising about the film.

what is most surprising is the simplistic intricacy of the plot, of which as usual i won't give too much away. suffice it to say that a love story, well actually two love stories, exist, as does a showdown between porco and big name pilot expected to win. it's a battle to the finish that flows like the water on which it takes place, just as the 93 minutes of the film fly by.

this might not be as strong as 'spirited away' or 'howl's moving castle' (which i haven't seen yet. i refuse to see a dubbed version!), but you can really see how miyazaki herein is developing characters and personalizing his style, a style that only improves with each film he makes.

i highly recommend this film!


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