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April 20, 2005

Discussion: Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso

Although I think it's no where near as good as Spirited Away or Totoro or even Kiki, I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed Porco Rosso, which is one of Miyazaki's earlier films. It has that same slightly askew look on life of all Miyazaki's work -- ensconced in marvelously beautiful scenes and settings. This time, we are in a sun-drenched Mediterranean, in the 1930s, and we're in a sort of parallel universe where there are a huge number of barnstorming planes flying around the sea, with air pirates and a huge Italian air police force.

Did I mention the main character is a humanoid pig? Ah, only from the mind of Miyazaki.

The thing I most thought of while watching this was how much I'd like to go back and play Crimson Skies, probably on the Xbox¹. The PC version had a ton of charm, and since I did a couple of space/flight action games for LucasArts a few years back, I've played a few of these. I played only a few missions on the PC², and loved the atmosphere, the alternate universe... the swashbuckling feel of the game.

It's really rare that I watch a movie and think of a specific game that I ought to go out and play afterwards (licensed games excepted), so I feel practically obligated to do so. Of course, many of the movies I watch don't have a clear game that's related to them, but I guess that's what I get a chance to lament about here in the blog ;)

Anyone else out there in the ether have a game that a movie inspired them to play -- assuming it's not the game based on the movie?

¹It's worth noting that I think the critical mass is there now where I feel like I've got to get an Xbox. Psychonauts put it over the top for me this week, with Jade Empire pushing me up the hill last week. Not that I remotely have time for another console in my life.
²Via a borrowed copy that I felt I should return, since I was already starting to crunch on SWRC.

Posted by Brett Douville at April 20, 2005 09:29 PM


I have hesitated to pick up Porco Rosso because it seems like such a departure from his other work -- now I want to see it. Thanks!

And Psychonauts is wonderful -- it has such style! -- at least from the brief times I've been able to play it, when the Box isn't occupied with That Other Game. :)

Posted by: Anne at April 23, 2005 10:16 PM

By far and large no, I've not had that feeling. I mean, I do sometimes get reminded of a game from a movie/book/etc. but it's usually in passing and just a reference I make. "Oh, this reminds me of blah."

But it has happened once. And very recently. Watching Sin City made me pine not of the obvious choice, the over-the-top action/crime drama game Max Payne, but for Deja Vu. I just don't want to go dig out my NES to play it, and I don't have it on PC... Talk about games that should've been launch-titles for the DS. That and a Warcraft or something.

Posted by: Jeffool at April 24, 2005 12:48 AM

Anne - I'd say Porco Rosso isn't really a departure, but an evolution. There's a lot there that reminds me of The Castle of Cagliostro in terms of character animation (especially one longish scene at the end), but he's definitely moving more towards the sorts of stories he tells later, which you can really see in a some aspects of the storyline and in particular in a sequence in the first third where they are repairing his plane. Really interesting if you like Miyazaki and you spend time reflecting on this stuff.

Posted by: Brett Douville at April 24, 2005 09:16 AM