Porco Rosso (紅の豚 Kurenai no Buta?, lit. Crimson Pig) is a 1992 Japanese animated adventure-comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on a three-part watercolor manga called Hikōtei Jidai by Miyazaki.

The plot revolves around an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. However, an unusual curse has transformed him to an anthropomorphic pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig".


Set in the Adriatic Sea in the inter war period, Porco Rosso, an Italian veteran WWI fighter ace and freelance bounty hunter, responds to an alert over an attack on a ferry liner by airborne pirates. Having successfully defeated the pirates, the so-called Mamma Aiuto gang, Porco retires to the Hotel Adriano, which is run by his long-time friend Gina.

At the restaurant of the hotel, which is frequented by pilots all over the Adriatic, the heads of the pirate gangs are introduced to Curtis, an arrogant and ambitious American ace who has a contract to assist them. Within time Curtis falls in love with Gina but is frustrated to see that she has affection for Porco. After successfully executing a pirating mission, Curtis tracks down Porco, who is flying to Milan to have his plane improved, and shoots him down, claiming to have killed him. Porco actually survives, but all the fuselage of his plane has been destroyed. Porco continues his mission to Milan, much to the irritation of Gina.

Porco arrives in Milan to meet Piccolo, his mechanic. He is surprised to find that Piccolo's sons have emigrated to find work elsewhere, and much of the engineering is done by his granddaughter Fio. Porco is initially sceptical of Fio's abilities as a mechanic, but after seeing her dedication in the project to repair his plane he accepts her as a competent engineer, and begins to recognize her as a genius. With no males to assist in the project, Piccolo calls up an all-female team to repair the plane. When Porco's plane is finished, he is unexpectedly joined by Fio on his flight home, with the justification that if the secret police arrest the team, they can say that Porco forced them to help and took Fio as a hostage. Porco reluctantly agrees, and the two hurriedly leave Milan. Stopping off to refuel on the way, Porco discovers that the new Fascist government is beginning to hire seaplane pirates for their own use, thus putting him out of business.

Upon returning home, Porco and Fio are ambushed by the pirates, who threaten to kill Porco and destroy his plane. Fio successfully talks them out of it, but Curtis appears and challenges Porco to a final duel. Fio impulsively makes a deal with him declaring that if Porco wins, Curtis must pay off his debts owed the Piccolo's company, and if Curtis wins, he may marry her. Porco is irritated at Fio for making such a deal, but he forgives her and shows confidence in winning.

That night, at Fio's request Porco tells a story recalling an event in WWI, when he was still a human, where his entire squadron apart from himself was shot down in a dogfight with Austro-Hungarian aircraft. He recalls blacking out and awakening to find himself in complete stillness, with a white band hovering in the distant sky. Allied and enemy aircraft, flown by the airmen who died in the dogfight, fly past towards the band but ignore him. He sees his friend Berlini, Gina's then-husband, and calls him back but is ignored. Porco soon sees that the band is in fact thousands of planes flying together. He blacks out again and recovers skimming above the sea. When he awakes he discovers that he has been turned into a pig, and believes this to be a divine punishment for fleeing from the fight.

The next day, the duel is arranged and a large crowd gathers on an island to observe. With the attendants betting heavily on the outcome, the contest begins. After an indecisive dogfight between Porco and Curtis, which soon dissolves into a bare fist boxing match, Gina appears to stop the fight and to warn the crowd that the Italian air force has been alerted and are on their way. Porco barely manages to win the fight upon her arrival, and hands Fio over to her, requesting Gina to look after her. Before the plane takes off, Fio gives Porco a kiss. With the crowd gone, Porco and Curtis agree to delay the air force together. When Curtis sees Porco's face he reacts with surprise, implying that he may have reverted to human form after Fio's kiss.

Meanwhile, Fio becomes president of Piccolo, which is now an aircraft manufacturer, Curtis becomes a famous actor, the pirates continue to attend the Hotel Adriano, and it is suggested that Porco proposes to Gina.


Characters Original Cast  Disney English Dub Cast
Porco Rosso Shūichirō Moriyama Michael Keaton
Donald Curtis Akio Ōtsuka Cary Elwes
Madame Gina Tokiko Kato Susan Egan
Mamma Aiuto Gang Boss Tsunehiko Kamijo Brad Garrett
Mr. Piccolo Sanshi Katsura David Ogden Stiers
Fio Piccolo Akemi Okamura Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Mamma Aiuto Gang Reizō Nomoto
Osamu Saka
Yuu Shimaka
Bill Fagerbakke
Kevin Michael Richardson
Frank Welker

Additional Voices


  • 1 "The Wind of Time (When a Human Can Be a Human)" – 2:50
  • 2 "MAMMAIUTO" – 1:21
  • 3 "Addio!" – 0:37
  • 4 "The Bygone Days" – 2:16
  • 5 "A Sepia-Coloured Picture" – 0:47
  • 6 "Serbia March" – 1:03
  • 7 "Flying Boatmen" – 2:36
  • 8 "Doom (Cloud Trap)" – 1:23
  • 9 "Porco e Bella" – 1:06
  • 10 "Fio-Seventeen" – 2:04
  • 11 "The Women of Piccolo" – 2:04
  • 12 "Friend" – 3:04
  • 13 "Partnership" – 2:28
  • 14 "Madness (Flight)" – 2:39
  • 15 "To the Adriatic Sea" – 1:50
  • 16 "In Search of the Distant Era" – 2:18
  • 17 "Love at First Sight in the Wildness" – 1:11
  • 18 "At the End of Summer" – 1:26
  • 19 "Lost Spirit" – 4:11
  • 20 "Dog Fight" – 2:10
  • 21 "Porco e Bella (Ending)" – 2:35
  • 22 "The Time of Cherries" (sung by Tokiko Kato) – 2:52
  • 23 "Once in a While, Talk of the Old Days" (sung by Tokiko Kato) – 3:56


Miyazaki has proposed he wants to make a follow-up anime to the 1992 original film if his next few films following Ponyo are successful. The film's working name is currently Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie and will be set during the Spanish Civil War with Porco also returning, albeit this time as an old pilot, reflecting Miyazaki's own aging. Miyazaki is writing the film, but Hiromasa Yonebayashi will direct. Due to both Miyazaki and Yonebayashi's departure from Ghibli and the current hiatus of the studio itself, the current status on the proposed sequel remains uncertain.

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