The Last Sortie

Words by Lewis Butler

Hayao Miyazaki, one of the founding members of ‘Studio Ghibli’, is a bit like Paul Verhoeven. That is to say Miyazaki is an amazing film maker, yet is no real fan of creating sequels. However one sequel Miyazaki has pondered over is a follow up to his 1992 hit ‘Porco Rosso’, the story of an Italian pilot cursed by a witch, due to him allegedly not being able to love.

The first film is set in between the two world wars. The second, apparently called ‘Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie’, is said to be set in the Spanish Civil War, Rosso will of course not be flying for Franco. There are however a few problems with the film, largely being due to the studio liking to keep their projects hidden almost from public sight until completion.

Toshio Suzuki, an Anime producer and friend of Miyazaki, one who has produced many of Miyazaki’s greats, has said that ‘The Last Sortie’ may be more of a “spiritual cousin.” This meaning that it may be set in the same world as the first film, but may not directly follow the events of it.

The film isn’t up on IMDB, so may not even be in production. Though, it is twenty years after the original, as well as the success of most if not all of ‘Ghibli’s’ films to date, ‘Porco Rosso 2’should be something worth looking out for. That is, if it ever becomes more then a fan’s dream.