Ever wondered at all the flying contrapions in Hayao Miyazaki’s films? Could be because he grew up visiting the aviation factory, Miyazaki Airlines, that his father founded. He’s also very fond of drawing pigs – two reasons he considers this something of a self-indulgent movie. Set in the 1930s, this is the tale of an anti-fascist Italian seaplane captain (cursed with the features of a porker: “All middle-aged men are pigs,” he comments) who freelances as a bounty hunter chasing down sky pirates.
A cockeyed tribute to Casablanca, To Have and Have Not and the lost idealism of the Hemingway generation, Porco Rosso initially presents itself as a lark, but it’s a lark with a deeply romantic heart, a melancholy undertow – and dazzling aerodynamics.
Our matinee family-friendly shows will feature the English-language version, all ages welcome. Evening screenings will play in Japanese with English subtitles.
Teems with Miyazaki’s personal passions […] rendered with the utmost detail and beauty. As stirring as Casablanca, and as sophisticated as Only Angels Have Wings, it’s a sublime chivalric fable.
Nick Bradshaw, Time Out
Smooshes fantasy and history into a pastel-pretty yarn as irresistible as his feminism.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
Evening: In Japanese with English subtitles