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Madame Gina (マダム・ジーナ , Madamu Jīna) is a singer, pilot and owner of Hotel Adriano in the film Porco Rosso. She is played by the singer Tokiko Kato, who Hayao Miyazaki long admired. She doesn't appear in the story, The Age of the Flying Boat, which the film is based on.

She pilots her own personal seaplane.

Appearance

Gina's costume changes with every scene because she was specifically created for this film. They're all stylish dresses from the late '20s that display both her beauty and (in the flashback scene) her youthful charm.

Personality

Gina's singing is as beautiful as her personality. She is genuinely kind and wants people to get along. Porco Rosso is a dear friend to her. In her youth, she flew with him on his plane the Adriano, which her hotel is named after.

Seaplane pilots across the Adriatic treat her with the utmost respect, with some even volunteering to keep the peace around Hotel Adriano.[1] Her voice soothes even the toughest of pirates. She befriends Fio following a climactic fight between Porco and the Mamma Auito's Boss.

History

In her youth, Gina formed a "Flying Club" with her friends and Porco. Gian married three members successively, each one vanishing with their seaplanes, the first one during world War I, the second one over the Pacific Ocean, and the last one in a remote part of Bengal. The only comrade left is Porco. Porco is in love with her, but he can't confess his feelings for her.[2]

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References

  1. "The Art of Porco Rosso", p.52
  2. "The Art of Porco Rosso", p.56

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