Porco Rosso is one of the more obscure films by Hayao Miyazaki, based on a watercolor comic by the man himself and originally commissioned as an in-flight film for JAL Airlines. One of the few Ghibli films tied to real-world history and geography, it is set in a fictionalized city in 1920’s Italy and follows the story of a fictional WWI ace pilot cursed with the body of an anthropomorphized pig. The film became more serious in tone during the production process due to an outbreak of war in Yugoslavia and is explicitly anti-fascist. This image album aims to recreate the feeling of the Mediterranean theatre and inspire the animators and production staff working on the film. Elements of this music reappear in the final score, which has been released concurrently. This is the first release of this music on vinyl and features remastered audio and new artwork.
reviewed by YAMATO TRANSPORT 01/20