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Genres: Drama , Family
Actors: Keisha Castle-Hughes , Rawiri Paratene , Vicky Haughton , Cliff Curtis , Grant Roa , Mana Taumaunu , Rachel House , Taungaroa Emile , Tammy Davis , Mabel Wharekawa , Rawinia Clarke , Tahei Simpson , Roi Taimana , Elizabeth Skeen , Tyronne White
Director: Niki Caro
Country: New Zealand, Germany
Year: 2002
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 (27614 votes)

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 considered Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.

Film Review

This film proceeds without fear. Without supposition. Without reliance on any convention or plot device that does not serve its ultimate purpose. That purpose is to tell a story. A story that has to be told. A story whose basic realities have no connection to your traditions, or your physical life in any way. A story that can only serve to inspire you, and reach you on a deeper level.That some have reviewed this film and called it "overrated" or whatever the popular word is today for "I fancy myself a reviewer and will prove myself by spitting upon any art that doesn't meet my pale standards" is of itself a testament to the greatness of this story's simplicity. This is going to be far beyond many who experience it, and that is sad. There is no pretense; no attempt to force the artistry and the magic that exists at its very core.The acting is phenomenal. The actress in the lead role is skilled far beyond her years. The direction and cinematography should sta…

I've heard good things about 2002's "Whale Rider" for years and put off seeing it, likely because it appeared to be some type of trite Disney flick with a kid (or kids) winning at a competition against all odds, etc. (not that there's anything wrong with that), but that's not what this film's about at all. "Whale Rider" is a serious drama with a very spiritual & moving air and realistic tone.THE PLOT: A small tribe of Maori in modern-day New Zealand 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 chiefs of the Whangara tribe have been Paikea's direct descendants, always the first-born and always male. There is reoccuring evidence that Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal culture, is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition and stubbornness and insi…

The Maori are a people with a long tradition going back generations… starting with the "whale rider" who brought his people to the island they live on now, descended up through the current chief. But the chief's first born son has moved away and abandoned Maori principles. And when his wife has a child, it is a girl. The chief must turn to outside his family to find a suitable new chief while his granddaughter is ready, willing and able.I watched this movie with my friend Chelsea and we looked at it from two very different angles. She sees it as a break from tradition, a new generation adapting the old principles to their own culture. A new world where a woman is capable of being chief. And I certainly see that as the primary story, where the young girl is subjected to torment from her grandfather (who is loving but comes across as a cruel, inhuman beast at times).But I also tried to put myself in the chief's shoes. Was he a misogynist? Perhaps, though I don't …

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