Porco Rosso - 3/23/13

Every week, the members of the Saturday Night Freak Show (Brent, Tom, Colin, Travis & Sean) gather in a subterranean screening room. Each week, a different member of the group chooses a movie to watch, and afterwards we enter the Thunderdome to debate the movie's merit for the entertainment of you, the listener.

This week, we watch Travis' pick: Porco Rosso (1992), from Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle).  The plot revolves around an WWI ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates", who lives with an unusual curse which has transformed him to pig. We also go in depth into trends in Japanese anime and video games, and then we attack the movies that we've seen this week, including Timerider, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, 13 Assassins and Holy Motors.