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Porco Rosso

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Porco Rosso
Kurenai no Buta
Anime Poster
Country Japan.jpg Japan
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Release Date July 18, 1992
Language Japanese
Main Cast
Character Actor
Porco Rosso / Marco Pagot Shuichiro Moriyama
Michael Keaton (English)
Donald Curtis Akio Ōtsuka
Cary Elwes (English)
Madame Gina Tokiko Kato
Susan Egan (English)
Fio Piccolo Akemi Okamura
Kimberly Williams-Paisley (English)

Porco Rosso (Japanese: 紅の豚, Hepburn: Kurenai no Buta, lit. Crimson Pig) is the sixth film from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. At the end of the 1920s, during the reign of the Italian fascists, the Pig-headed pilot Porco Rosso, a veteran of the First World War, fought for peace in the sky around the Mediterranean as a bounty hunter. On his travels, he teamed up with the talented mechanic Fio Piccolo. When Porco is challenged to a duel by a boastful pilot, a fight begins that will forever change the lives of the two flying aces.

The following weapons were used in the anime film Porco Rosso:


Beretta M1923

Two Italian Organizzazione per la Vigilanza e la Repressione dell'Antifascismo (Italian for "Organization for Vigilance and Repression of Anti-Fascism") secret police officers can be seen with low-detailed Beretta M1923 pistols during the take-off in the channel.

Beretta M1923 - 9x19mm Glisenti
The left officers start firing their Berettas at Porco's plane.

Glisenti Model 1910

The third secret police officer seems to be armed with a Glisenti Model 1910 pistol.

Glisenti Model 1910 - 9mm Glisenti
The right officer behind the wall fires his pistol. Note the shape of it.

Mauser C96

One of the Air Pirates that confronts Porco and Fio carries a Mauser C96.

Mauser C96 - 7.62x25mm
The pirate to the far left holds his Mauser pistol.


Colt Single Action Army

Several pirates carry Single Action Army revolvers.

Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel aka "Artillery" model with wooden grips - .45 Long Colt
A pirate leaning out from the planes' cockpit fires his SAA in the air.
The SAA is seen on the belt of the left pirate.
One of the pirates keeps a Single Action Army tucked in his waistband next to a Webley revolver.

Webley Mk VI

The Webley Mk VI revolvers are also used by pirates including the leader of the "Mamma Aiuto Gang" Capo.

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
An off-screen pirate to the right threatens Porco with his Webley.
The one pirate behind Fio wields a Webley revolver an the other an ax.

Smith & Wesson Schofield

The American pilot Donald Curtis owns a Smith & Wesson Schofield revolver that he uses during the flying duel. A close-up of Curtis on a poster at the end shows the revolver has ornate engravings.

Smith & Wesson Schofield - .45 caliber
A laughing Curtis holds his empty S&W while flying his plane.
After making his statement clear, he is about to break it.
The opened revolver in his hand; the ejected spent casings flying out.
With no hands left on the control stick, he fills the cylinder with loose rounds.

Submachine Guns

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II submachine guns are seen in the hands of various pirates. The appearance of the MP28 seems to be correct since the movie's plot takes place in the late 1920s (1929 to be precise if you look at Porco's "Mare Blu Cinema" magazine at the beginning). It can also be almost identical MP18, however.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II Submachine Gun - 9mm
The pirate on the left cheers with his submachine gun what has rectangular holes (MP35/I-alike). His mate in front of him is armed with a Madsen LMG to which he carries the cartridges on his shoulder.
A look of the barrel with the sling attached to it and the front sight.
The MP28 (from the first picture) seen carried by the pirate on the right.
And yet another pirate shoulders his MP28 behind Donald Curtis.


Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

A pair of Air Pirates carry Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles that look almost exactly like those from Miyazaki's 1986 movie Castle in the Sky. The SMLEs are equipped with No. 4 muzzles and (sometimes) with 5-round magazines from the Lee-Speed Sporting rifles, or Lange Visier rear sights from the Gewehr 1898.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.1 - .303 British
Mauser Gewehr 98 - 7.92x57mm
An overview of a hybrid SMLE on the left with equipped Lange Visier rear sight.
The SMLE held by one pirate looking at the incoming Fio.
Another SMLE on the left loaded with a 5-round magazine.

Mauser Rifle

Some Mauser rifles are also used by the pirates that have characteristics from many Mauser variants. Having the full-length barrel, turned-down bolt handles and under-barrel sling swivels like a Karabiner 98b, some are seen with hooded front sights from a Karabiner 98k. Due to the setting of the movie, the Kar98b would be more accurate or a Mauser Standard Modell.

For comparison: Karabiner 98b - 7.92x57mm Mauser
For comparison: Karabiner 98k with S84/98 bayonet - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Porco being surrounded by a crowd of pirates. The muzzles with unhooded sights of two Mauser rifles are seen on the right. Oddly enough, in the previous scene, these rifles were SMLEs.
The hooded front sight and under-barrel mounted sling swivel can be seen in the foreground.
In the background, a Mauser rifle is raised to the air.
Two more Mauser rifles are seen which show the front sights and the turned bolt handle.

Aircraft Machine Guns

Custom Maxim lMG 08

Porco purchases an Aircraft Pattern MG08 Maxim with a custom barrel jacket for his red Savoia S.21 plane in the Milan gunshop. He is offered some special armor-piercing rounds for it, what he gratefully refused. It seems this is the only Custom Maxim because, in Piccolo's Repair shop, the left MG is an lMG 08/15.

The custom modified Maxim gun is ready to be picked up on the workbench.
Porco handles the gun what gives a view of the barrel.
He examines the Maxim's action.
Chosen rounds set and lined up on the table.

Vickers Aircraft

Several Vickers Aircraft Machine Guns are seen mounted on fighter planes throughout the film.

Vickers Aircraft Machine Gun - .303 British
The twin-mounted Vickers on a plane. Note the muzzle is longer.
A closer view of the Vickers ejecting port.

Lewis Aircraft Gun

The Pirates' fictional aircraft "DaboHaze" is outfitted with an Aircraft Mounted Lewis Gun with a 97-round magazine and larger trigger guard.

Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun - .303 British
The rear-gunner disturbed by the child hostages mans the Lewis Gun.
The gunner opens fire above the children's heads.
He places a full magazine while ridiculing by the kids.
Right view of the gun.

Fiat-Revelli M1914

Macchi M.5 single-seat fighter flying boats are armed with air-cooled Fiat-Revelli M1914 machine guns. This type of plane was also armed with British Vickers Aircraft Machine Gun.

Fiat-Revelli M14 aircraft machine gun - 6.5x52mm Mannlicher-Carcano
An untransformed Marco Pagot watches the sky for enemy forces, while the small Fiat muzzle can be seen mounted in Berlini's Macchi in the background. Also visible is the Italian WWI "Corpo Aeronautico Militare" roundel; the later seen Royal Air Force (Regia Aeronautica Italiana) have the fascist-era Fasces roundel on their hulls.

Maxim lMG 08/15

As Fio opens the weapons' hatch of Porco's plane, the left Maxim can be seen what is a lMG 08/15. Other pairs of the guns are seen during Porco's memories of a dogfight in the Summer of 1918, fixed on Austro-Hungarian Hansa Brandeburg CC aircrafts. Despite being the K.u.K. Luftfahrtruppen, the planes were equipped with either German Maxim or their own Schwarzlose Machine Guns.

Maxim lMG 08/15 Air-Cooled - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Fio opens up the weapons' hatch what allows a look at the left Maxim.
The Maxims mounted on Hansa Brandeburg CC seaplanes. Note the fictional smaller barrels with rectangular holes and the correct stepped rear part what distinguishes from an lMG08.

Browning M1919A6 / .30 AN/M2

Donalds' Curtiss R3C-2 plane is armed with two Browning M1919 variants that can be cranked.

.30 AN/M2, fixed mount - .30-06 Springfield
Browning M1919A6, post WWII manufacture - .30-06 Springfield
Curtis' cranks one of his MG to prepare it to fire.
A close-up of the same MG with the flash-hider.
He tries to unjam it with the crank.


Savoia Marchetti S.55 flying boats of the Regia Aeronautica can be seen armed with Breda-SAFAT machine guns.

Breda-SAFAT light machine gun - 7.7x56mmR
Three S.55s with their Breda machine guns. The Fasces roundel can be seen on the hulls.


Possible MG14s with top fed magazine.
An autocannon is seen mounted in the plane's nose.

Machine Guns

Maxim MG08

One of the pirates is briefly seen carrying a heavy Maxim MG08 machine gun.

Maxim MG08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The happy pirate on the right brings his Maxim MG into the scramble.


A light Madsen machine gun can be seen held by one pirate.

Portuguese Madsen machine gun - 7.92x57mm
The pirate makes space for Fio.

Lewis Gun

Infantry Lewis Guns are also used by a few pirates.

Lewis gun - .303 British
A Lewis gun on a pirates' back which allows a look at the grip and buttstock.
Another pirate holds his Lewis outside the cockpit.
The extended bipod of the same pirate's gun dropped by him.
A perfect view of the top part including the magazine.

Degtyaryov DA-2

What appears to be a Soviet Degtyaryov DA-2 twin machine gun is seen during the flying duel mounted on a tower.

Degtyaryov DA-2 twin machine gun - 7.62x54mm R
The audience ontop take cover because of the nearby planes.

Other Weapons


Many Stielhandgranaten are used by the pirates, which have various characteristics from different stick grenades. The movie grenades are equipped with a top head on the warhead (similar to the Model 43 Stielhandgranate), a pull cord coming out of the stick like the Model 15, or the Italian Type "L" AT grenade.

Type L anti-tank grenade diagram, for comparison
Model 24 Stielhandgranate, for comparison
On the left, a top view of one stick grenade.
A child holds a found grenade on the pirates' plane.
A pirate shows the crowd to calm down with his grenades.

Aircraft cannon

A large cannon that appears to be a very chunkily-rendered Solothurn S-18 20mm Anti-Tank Rifle given the stock, sight, and side-loading, appears mounted on one of the pirates' planes. It loads using some kind of stripper clip arrangement rather than its usual box magazine, and the barrel and rounds are scaled up to the point it resembles a small tank gun.

Solothurn S-18/1000 20mm Anti-Tank Rifle - 20x138mmB (Solothurn Long)
The cannon being fired by one of the pirates.
Capo angrily pushes in a new stripper clip.
Decided to do a Rambo like maneuver, he stands with the dismounted cannon to engage Porco.
Front view of the gun.
Note it has the Solothurn S-18's canted front sight.

Milan Gun Shop

Several aerial bombs, an anti-tank gun, a heap of Tellerminen 35, a naval mine, several grenades (BPD and Thevenot-Lafitte), a water-cooled heavy machine gun, a full-lengh Carcano rifle, a MAS-36, various revolvers, a Mosin Nagant M91, antique pistols
A Mauser Standard Modell, more antique pistols, another Carcano rifle, a possible Serbian Mauser M1908 or M49 Persian Carbine, an SMLE, a Steyr Mannlicher M1895, a ZB-26, Maxim MG08/15
Several mortars including a 25cm schwerer Minenwerfer.

See also

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