Screenshot Saturday: Porco Rosso Anime 03 APR 2010

Studio Ghibli and the master Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso takes center stage for today’s Screenshot Saturday. Exciting, I know! ;)

Slugfest. There is simply nothing else to call this, now is there?

Porco Rosso was the legendary Hayao Miyazaki’s sixth time in the director’s chair and turned out to be an absolutely enjoyable romp set in Italy in the time just before World War II was to kick in. The film tells the story of Porco Rosso, an unfortunate former World War I Italian Air Force ace pilot that ends up getting cursed and being forced to walk around bearing the face of a pig. Now a bounty hunter that makes a living going after airborne sea pirates that prey upon the Adriatic shipping route, Porco finds himself eventually entangled in a duel to the death with American Ace Pilot, Curtis, set to the background of an unstable political environment and the looming threat of an Austrian-led war.

But first things first, if Porco loses then his trusted young mechanic Fio will be forced to marry Curtis, but if he wins, then Curtis will cover all the necessary repairs that his beloved fighter plan so desperately needs! And surely that’s worth fighting all out for?

Today’s two screenshots are grabbed towards the end of the movie where after an unsuccessful aerial dogfight in which neither pilot was able to shoot the other down, Curtis and Porco now find themselves knee deep in the sea busy clobbering the slobber out of one another. The rule is simple. Last man able to stand on his own two feet  will win…

Thanks to Gina's voice and Fio at his side, Porco manages to get up one last time!

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