Princess Kaiulani

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The true story of a hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of american colonization.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 216495716
UPC 031398125167
UPC 14 00031398125167
Format DVD
Release Date 9/6/2011
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Widescreen  1.78:1
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ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In the late 19th century, American corporations backed by U.S. Marines overthrew the legitimate monarchy of Hawaii. One of the conspirators was Sanford B. Dole, of pineapple fame. Princess Kaiulani, niece of King David Kalakaua, was in England at the time, getting a thorough Victorian education. After Kalakaua's death, Queen Liliuokalani became his successor to the throne and resisted the outsiders. Then Kaiulani returned and took up the doomed struggle...Princess Kaiulani is much remembered in Hawaii, much forgotten on the mainland, and the subject of this interesting but creaky biopic. She (played here by Q'orianka Kilcher) was the child of a Hawaiian mother who died when she was young and a Scottish father, Archibald Cleghorn (Jimmy Yuill). It was he who feared his daughter's life was in danger from the Americans, returned her to Britain and to the household of his friend Theo Davies (Julian Glover). In the U.K., she attended a rigorous boarding school, where there was some rudeness but the children of foreign royalty were not unknown. And she fell in love with the Davies' son, Clive (Shaun Evans)...Princess Kaiulani shows the European business community conspiring against King David's efforts to secure Hawaiians' title to their own land, and indeed rights were stripped away, and the Doles and other white families converted much of Hawaii into their own private plantation. The film's treatment of these results seems somewhat muted; more drama would have been welcome...Kilcher seems an intriguing Kaiulani, as she was a Pocahontas. Of Peruvian and Swiss descent, she was raised in Hawaii, was a hula dancer by 5 and by 6 a student of classical voice at the University of Hawaii. Unlike a standard starlet, she evokes great depth and sympathy in her role and seems to have created Kaiulani from the inside out. That she has admired the character since childhood is a help. It's a shame more help didn't come from greater passion in the filmmaking.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
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Video Format DVD
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Pete Hammond, BACKSTAGE A must-see!
Prairie Miller, NEWSBLAZE A lush, poetically crafted portrait of Hawaii and the woman who championed her people.

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