Many years ago, sea plane pilot Marco Paggot was placed under a curse which transformed his face into that of a pig. Now, he lives a solitary life as the renowned Porco Rosso and rules the skies of the Adriatic protecting civilians from sea plane pirates. One day however, Marco meets an ace American fighter pilot, Donald Curtis, and the pair immediately clash leaving his plane a wreck. But when Curtis discovers that Marco survived his previous attack, he’s determined to have his victory and makes the gruff pilot an offer he can’t refuse…
The responsible Sophie led a relatively normal life, safe within the walls of the hat shop in which she works; for outside, it is rumored, the evil wizard Howl roams the land in his mobile black castle. After a chance and mystical encounter, poor Sophie finds herself transformed by a spell which makes her appear to be an old woman, and thus embarks on an adventure to find Howl’s castle and put an end to her curse. A mystical world of talking flames, sentient scarecrows and magic aplenty awaits those who seek the legendary Howl...
A sad tale lies behind the eyes of both lead characters in Howl & Porco Rosso. Both have suffered in the past and seem to really feel awkward and uncomfortable in the modern world and they try to find their place within it. They will both soon discover, however, that actions can be more truthful than appearances, and that friends and maybe even true love can be found by anyone, especially if they are kind of heart and thought.
Two wonderful tales, some stunning visuals and a good dose of action make these both delightful films that should not be missed.
Ghibli films are always pervaded with innocence, but Porco Rosso and Howl's Moving Castle are perhaps the most romantic in the classical sense. They are set in quaint, small town Europe and they feature young women falling in love and subsequently melting away the detachment in the heroes.
Fanciful imaginings of inherently romantic ideas, valor among sea pilots in the Adriatic in Porco Rosso, and a womanizing wizard missing his heart in Howl's Moving Castle, are set with the signature purity Ghibli gives all its stories and characters. Swoon away.
Both heroisms, but one monster, one pig. Have to say there's some kind of similarity between those two!
Legends tell of a floating island in the sky known as Laputa, upon which is rumoured to be treasure beyond a person’s wildest dreams. Sheeta is an orphan girl who is being hunted down because of her necklace, a rare Levistone, which legend says will lead the way to Laputa. One day she is saved by Pazu, a miner apprentice and also an orphan, and together they set out to escape from her would-be captors. Unfortunately, their friendship must go through endless trials in their quest to hide Laputa's location. What is Sheeta’s mysterious legacy, and what hidden motives do Sheeta’s enemies have in regards to finding Laputa?
Though the plots of both Porco Rosso and Laputa: Castle in the Sky are quite different, if you enjoyed one you may well like the other. Aside from both being masterpieces from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, both movies heavily feature sky pirates. With similarly loveable and humorous pirates, both films have a similar light hearted tone, though Laputa is generally more fantastical and serious.
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new home, when they discover an abandoned amusement park. After Chihiro's family mysteriously turn into pigs, she is thrown into a surreal world of magic and fantasy. Join her as she struggles to survive in the bathhouse of the gods, ruled by an evil witch who has stolen not only her name, but her way back to the real world.
There are a lot of Ghibli films i could have recommended simply because they are also Ghibli films. Porco Rosso, I chose because it has a pig as the main character.. and Spirited Away is full of talking creatures of the sort!
Both classic films from Studio Ghibli. Porco Rosso mixes the ordinary with the fantastical. Some what like in Spirited Away. Marco is man who has turned into a pig but is set in a very real setting of Italy, 1929. While Chihiro and here parents come across an "amusement park" and later a bath house that happens to have spirits as their clientele.
Both feature young females, Chihiro in Spirited Away and Fio in Porco Rosso. Both determined, fighters, willing to help others and good at making friends, even with unlikely characters.
There is also the parallel between the would-be romance between Marco/Gina and Chihiro/Haku. The audience are shown that both of these relationships have roots in the past and that one day may be fulfilled. Both films have romantic undertones, but are not the main feature of either story. Giving both films more depth than just shallow sentimentality.
Shin Kazama was once in training to become an airline pilot, until his jealous friend Satoru Kanzaki tricked him into signing a 3 year contract whose reward is $1,500,000, and whose escape is unthinkable. His mission since that day has been to work for a hidden base of mercenaries known as Area 88, with the skies as his new home, soaring into deadly battles and fighting to survive. Determined not to die, this ace pilot of Area 88 battles hard daily to one day leave the hell of being a fighter pilot. Will he ever return to his fiance Ryoko, or is he doomed to die in the skies?
I feel anyone who like Porco Rosso would like Area 88 as it is a fast-paced aerobatic fight for life. As in Porco Rosso tensions are high every time the young cowboy-like star of the series takes to the sky. The story is similar as the young star flies for money and it appears that Porco Rosso also does.
The Cockpit tells three different tales from the second world war, bound together by the madness of war --and airplanes. In the the first tale, a German pilot is forced to choose between his duty and his soul; the second is a tragic tale of a Japanese kamikaze pilot who welcomes death; and finally, the third tale revolves around two Japanese ground troopers in the Philippines who are racing towards an airbase that might already be under enemy control.
Talk about odd character designs for mid-twentieth century fighter pilots! From the semi-comical look of some of the characters in The Cockpit to the, well, pig-faced protagonist of Porco Rosso, either anime - set before or during World War II - makes an odd but similar choice. While Cockpit veers more towards melodrama and angst (apparently war is depressing - who knew?), both titles also have a love of flying and give a fair bit of detal to their machines.