Whale Rider - 2002
South Pacific Pictures - 101 min.
DVD UPC # 043396022720; 9398525169038; 7321900958585; 4006680030821; 043396022744; 065935200581; 8713045204631; 5051429100296
Blu-ray # 9398580146074(AU/NZ); 4042564143577 (DE)
Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House, Taungaroa Emile. Screenplay: Niki Caro from a novel by Witi Ihimaera; Director of Photography: Leon Narbey; Music: Lisa Gerrard; Editing: David Coulson; Costume Design: Kirsty Cameron; Production Design: Grant Major; Producer: John Barnett, Bill Gavin; Director: Niki Caro.
The people of Whangara believe that their first ancester, Paikea, arrived on the back of a whale. In the centuries that followed, a line of first born boys have descended from him to become chiefs - until today. Today, the tradition would fall to a girl named Pai, but her grandfather chief refuses to acknowledge her claim. Although there are a number of fine performances, it is Castle-Hughes that stands out with her determined claim. This beautifully photographed modern tale, based upon Maori tradition, should be on everyones "must see" list. Highly Recommeded.
Censor Rating: PG - Review rating: B+
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