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Whale Rider

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Parental Guidance Recommended

Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

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"Great, captivating little film!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Fabulous acting, interesting insight into Maori traditions coupled with humour, sadness and great photography.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"One Of The Best"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Whenever I watch this movie, it makes me cry, true to Maori Culture and worth a watch.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Fantastic move"
5 stars"
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Loved this movie this is the 2nd copy I have owned over the years

Description

There is a legend that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time tradition has decreed that the first-born male descendant will become chief of the tribe. Then Pai is born…and she is a girl. She grows up within a close-knit village which retains the tribes traditional spiritual relationship with the sea and their warrior values. Although loved by all, Pai faces rejection from her grandfather, Koro, who is brokenhearted that there is no grandson to carry on the line.

Review

One of the most charming and critically acclaimed films of 2003, the New Zealand hit Whale Rider effectively combines Maori tribal tradition with the timely “girl power” of a vibrant new millennium. Despite the discouragement of her gruff and disapproving grandfather (Rawiri Paratene), who nearly disowns her because she is female and therefore traditionally disqualified from tribal leadership, 12-year-old Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is convinced that she is a tribal leader, and sets about to prove it. Rather than inflate this story (from a novel by Witi Ihimaera) with artificial sentiment, writer-director Niki Caro develops very real and turbulent family relationships, intimate and yet torn by a collision between stubborn tradition and changing attitudes. The mythic whale rider–the ultimate symbol of Maori connection to nature–is also the harbinger of Pai's destiny, and the appealing Castle-Hughes gives a luminous, astonishingly powerful performance that won't leave a dry eye in the house. With its fresh take on a familiar tale, Whale Rider is definitely one from the heart. –Jeff Shannon

Re-released on
February 14th, 2006
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Collection
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English
Length (Minutes)
97
Subtitles
English, English HI
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • New Zealand
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9338683119711
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
Product ID
1460911

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