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up to now there have only made 13 (and The Red Turtle but this isn't a official studio Ghibli film)
So that leaves 9 films with no steelbooks however there is also the Italian steelbooks which cover ones studio canal has made including the other 9 Studio Canal still need to make
1991 Only Yesterday
1993 Ocean Waves
1994 Pom Poko
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas
2010 The Secret World of Arrietty
2011 From Up on Poppy Hill
2013 The Wind Rises
2013 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
2014 When Marnie Was There
The issues is Studio Canal don't see to communicate there's no page on there site detailing there steelbooks when they came out or when there releasing new ones so when new ones are coming, for me i only found out about Porco Rosso
when looking at deals on Ukhotdeals so how many year are we going to be waiting for the other 9 to be released if ever, clearly there not interested in sells so why not just make the rest us collectors are trying to complete are collection and seeing the Italian versions don't have the same style of steelbook and the fact there's no English dub only the original langue and Italian.
The story is about Porco/Marco, an ex-war pilot turned bounty hunter, who is cursed into having the appearance of a pig. Porco earns his living by flying the skies and foiling the schemes of sea-plane pirates, whilst trying to avoid the Italian government, who are out to get him for abandoning the Air Force. His bounty-hunting business comes under threat when an American pilot turns up and forms an alliance with the pirates to take him down. Now Porco has to tune up his plane and face his new rival in the ultimate dog fight.
As far as the story goes, it's quite interesting in general, with a good mixture of action, fantasy, romance and humour. The settings in it are also really beautiful and give the audience a true sense that they're witnessing an Italian-themed movie. Plus, although there are some adult themes contained within it (e.g. war and violence) they are managed quite well, making it a pleasurable movie for both kids and adults to watch.
If there's anything I'd have to criticise about the story, however, it would be that there are some parts of it which feel a bit weak and incomplete by the movie's conclusion. In particular, its never really explained how or why Porco was cursed into becoming a pig - he just is a pig, who used to be human, and that's what makes the story a fantasy. There are also several side-stories which serve almost nothing to the main plot, and some characters don't have enough screen time to develop properly. In fact, the ending to the movie itself feels a little open-ended, despite explanation of what happened after the climax. Nonetheless, the movie is still fun and interesting for all the family to watch.
For me, what's powerful about 'Porco Rosso' isn't so much the story itself, but some of its meanings. I find that whenever I watch an anime - even if the main character is male - I focus more on the female leads, because there is so much more that can be done with them. When I watch 'Porco Rosso', I find that my focus is more on Fio. In one part of the movie, Porco is reluctant to allow her to help with his plane because she's a young woman. But she proves that she has impressive skills, and is able to do a fine job of improving his plane. She even turns out to be a valuable ally when it comes to dealing with enemies. She is just one of many strong female leads presented in Studio Ghibli films, who seem more valuable to the story than any of their male counterparts.
Another message presented in the film is one that is universal. Fio asks Porco what makes someone a true professional. He admits that it's not experience that matters, but intuition. What this means is that all you really need to succeed in life, is to have enough passion for what you want to do, and have the skills to do it well. This message was even given back to Hayao Miyazaki himself when he was against his inexperienced son, Goro, directing 'Tales of Earthsea' (2006).
One final thing that's worth mentioning about Porco Rosso are some of the voice actors in the English dub. Amongst these actors are some that have supplied their voices in other Studio Ghibli English dubs, such as Cary Elwes ('Whisper of the Heart'/'The Cat Returns'), Susan Egan ('Spirited Away') and David Ogden Stiers ('Spirited Away'). There are also others like Frank Welker and Kevin Michael Richardson.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of Studio Ghibli and wants to see a prime example of what they can do to make a movie so great.
My next Studio Ghibli review will be on 'Pom Poko'. Stay tuned.
All in all, this is a very ambiguous film. As per usual with Ghibli, it is the girl engineer, Theo, who transpires to be the most favourable character and another woman, Gina, the most sympathetic. Children will probably not pick up on the references to an earlier generastion of Hollywood films and will simply enjoy the action sequences, especially whee the planes are involved. There is a lot of humour although some of the wisecracks seem at odds with an animation film and the scenes at the workshop where the new planes is designed and built are a highlight in this respect even if some parents may be scratching their heads at remarks about the size of the girl engineer's butt! The section of the film concludes with a hairy take-off sequence along a series of canals and is the highlight of the film for me.
Beautifully illustrated, this is not necessarily a film for children but the story is enjoyable even if there are scenes of fighting which probably are a bit more realistic than the usual Tom & Jerry type scrap. Older children will enjoy this as will adults but probably best avoided for the very youngest.
Porco Rosso (Crimson Pig) is a bounty hunter living in the Adriatic in the 1920s. He makes a living by flying his superb seaplane fighter and combatting the local air-pirates (also flying seaplanes) whilst admiring (from a distance) the woman he secretly loves (Gina). Again, don't get hung up on the pig thing: this is a mature and effective plot with some hard hitting political subtleties if you look closely and some spot on historical facts. The animation is first rate (as always with Ghibli) and some of the backgrounds are masterpieces: look closely at some of the framed paintings in Gina's room for example.
Where 'Porco Rosso' really shines is in the air. The flying sequences are truly exhilirating and Messers Spielberg & Lucas don't come close (really!). As always this is clearly a labour of love and art not commerce.
Oh: do me a favour and watch the subtitled Japanese version. You know it makes sense... :-)
The music is stunning - I have the soundtrack - and the finale is lovely.
My Mother and my Grandmother even liked this!
I first saw the film just over 10 years ago, slightly intrigued by what all the fuss was about, and loved it straightaway. Since then I've watched it probably every other year. More surprisingly, despite plenty of competition from fine newer releases by Miyazaki, Pixar et al., my children adore this film it as much as ever (they were 5-ish on first seeing it, so 15-ish now and still wanting to see it) - that's quite a test of the Crimson Pig's durability.
Miyazaki, on form, is arguably the best hand-drawn animator alive. Porco Rosso is among his very finest work.