Whale rider is a film about a rejected leader paikea (keisha castle-hughes) is the only surviving child of a chief's son her twin, the hoped-for son and future chief, died at birth along with his mother her father porourangi (cliff curtis) names her after paikea, the legendary whale rider who brought their people to new. It's blue crush meets free willy but while the thought of this may induce seasickness, rest assured whale rider is every bit as bold and uplifting as its title suggests adapted from the novel by witi ihimaera, it's a contemporary growing pains yarn, infused with the mysticism of ancient maori legend. This absolutely charming film began life when the maori writer witi ihimaera was living in new york and a whale became stranded in the hudson river this took him back to his childhood and the whale stories of his people who, according to legend are descendants of the whale rider there are some amazing scenes in. Read the empire review of whale rider find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's biggest movie destination.
Excellent, gorgeous drama with uplifting messages read common sense media's whale rider review, age rating, and parents guide. Amazoncom: whale rider (special edition): keisha castle-hughes, rawiri paratene, niki caro, frank hubner, tim sanders, bill gavin, john barnett, apollomedia gmbh & co 4 filmproduktion kg pandora films south pacific pictures ltd: movies & tv. On the east coast of new zealand, the whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale from then on, whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been.
In the beginning actually, we have here two beginnings back in the mists, out of the blue, according to maori tradition, the tribal founder paikea rode to s. Whale rider movie review it always strikes me that there's a special affinity between the american west and the lands down under of australia and new zealand i noticed it especially a few years ago after watching walkabout, picnic at hanging rock and gallipoli in succession the openness of the land,.
This is an amazing review of a not so amazing movie. Whale rider is one of those tales with such universal appeal that you can practically see hollywood executives rubbing their hands together as they prepare to remake it — and mess it up royally. Strong adaptation of witi ihimaera's 1986 novel, the whale rider combines straightforward coming-of-age narrative with maori mysticism to most engaging effect second bigscreen feature for new zealand director-scenarist niki caro may have some trouble positioning itself between family-pic and.
Whale rider is a 2002 new zealand-german family drama film directed by niki caro, based on the novel of the same name by witi ihimaera the film stars keisha castle-hughes as kahu paikea apirana, a twelve-year-old māori girl whose ambition is to become the chief of the tribe her grandfather koro believes that this is. Peter bradshaw: there's a charmingly unaffected performance from keisha castle-hughes as paikea, and everything is earnestly and sincerely meant but there is something very touchy-feely about the whole thing. Movie review of whale rider by australian council on children and the media ( accm) on 30 april 2003 to help parents find age-appropriate and enjoyable movies for their children.
In niki caro's whale rider, the apparent heir to the ngati konohi people dies at birth, survived by the cute pai (keisha castle-hughes), whose grandfather koro ( rawiri paratene) won't cut her any slack because she has a vagina the ogre drives the girl out of her way to mess with the very sacred things. Available on dvd/blu-ray, plus trailers and reviews for whale rider on the believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale winner of 9 awards, new zealand film & tv awards 2003.
A lot has been written about the strong family message in whale rider, and there is no mistaking that this story of intergenerational love and conflict is, on the surface, about the mending of a broken family, but there is another aspect that hasn't been written about—or at least only touched on—and that's the. When pai (keisha castle-hughes) was born, her grandfather, a whangara chief, waited anxiously for a boy who could become the new leader for his people, but pai's twin brother and mother died during childbirth pai has a deep connection with her ancestral heritage but koro (rawiri paratene, rapa nui) rejects her from. Whale rider is a tale of the evolution of a culture, wrapped in humor and hope it is a story of an indomitable spirit it is a movie about love and change, about the grim realities of life and the marvelous miracles of faith if you have a chance to see this film, do not miss it 34 out of 40 found this helpful was this review helpful. On the east coast of new zealand, the whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale from then on, whangara chiefs have always been the first-born and male.