Self Reflection in “Porco Rosso”: A Conversation with Hayao Miyazaki 

Hayao Miyazaki, in reflecting on “Porco Rosso”, explains his process of character development and narrative construction. He discusses themes of self-awareness, individual responsibility, and historical context, focusing on the complex character Porco. 

My Grandfather, Gianni Caproni- An Era Depicted in “Porco Rosso” 


The writer, a descendant of Italian aviation pioneer Gianni Caproni, shares his emotional response to Hayao Miyazaki’s film “Porco Rosso”. Despite a lack of Caproni aircraft, the film inspires them to share their family’s aviation history with Miyazaki, sparking a poignant correspondence. The writer expresses gratitude for Miyazaki’s subsequent depiction of their grandfather in “The Wind Rises”, prompting renewed appreciation for Caproni’s legacy in Italy.

Reading “Porco Rosso” through the Lens of Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Hayao Miyazaki’s “Porco Rosso” deeply resonates with the works of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Miyazaki’s admiration for Saint-Exupéry’s vivid depictions of the sky, aviators, and their profound bond is evident. Through the lens of Saint-Exupéry, the film captures the essence of pilots who navigated the challenges of airmail delivery, embodying the human spirit’s nobility.