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Princess Kaiulani [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Q'orianka Kilcher , Barry Pepper , Marc Forby    DVD
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  • Actors: Q'orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Shaun Evans, Jimmy Yuill
  • Directors: Marc Forby
  • Writers: Marc Forby, Robert Payne
  • Producers: Marc Forby, Charlotte Walls, Jeffrey K.D. Au, Lauri Apelian, Leilani Estioko Forby
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EYVXRS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING 2 Oct 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This movie was fascinating and a bit boring at times for the male audience. I can see how a women would rave over a story of a real live princess, stripped of her powers, forced to make compromises, and manages to influence people with her charm and intellect. The evil white people aspect is glossed over about as much as one can and still be historically accurate. The movie is powerful in that you can feel the bravery, anger and heartbreak of Princess Ka'iulani. It was the descendants of the original missionaries which overthrew the government. Worse times followed as Hawaiian culture and language was essentially outlawed, primarily by the Dole family who wanted to westernize everything.

This is an excellent movie for the "young princess" out there, as it demonstrates being a princess in an exotic land really isn't as good as it pretends to be in a Disney film. The movie is historical to the point that it lacks a happy ending, unless you are an executive for Dole fruit.

No nudity, sex, or bad language. This is much information missing from this story, such as Japan's relationship with the island and the King wanting to align Hawaii (the "w" pronounced like a "V" in the movie) with Japan over the west. He attempted to arrange a marriage of the princess (at age 6) to the prince of Japan. I don't think Japan was ever mentioned in this movie. The princess really didn't die of a broken heart. She caught a fever after horseback riding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little known gem 29 Jan 2013
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It is about time that this film became more widely available - 2009 film recently released outside zone 1 (US) through Greece though the language is English and subtitles can be switched off. It portrays the transition c. 1893 of the Hawaiian kingdom to annexation by the US on the way to becoming a US state. It is beautifully made, with a Merchant Ivory quality and fine acting. Many scenes are based in glorious British country house settings. The Hawaiian settings too are beautiful, and watch out for the authentic Hawaiian touches - Iolani Palace, feather leis, the kahili - royal feather standards - and Princess Kaiulani's touching hula dance beautifully framed by a grand stone folly in the country house grounds. This film deserves to be much better known and will be enjoyed by all those who love Hawaii.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Irritating, incorrect and annoying 20 May 2012
By Hisame
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I found this film highly irritating, somewhat incorrect and annoying.

The filmakers decided that it really wasn't worth mentioning that the Princess suffered many more personal tragedies other than only losing her mother, uncle and her country and some twins she only met once as depicted in the film, evidently sisters, friends and other family just aren't important and don't make good film fodder.

The characters where either flash in the pan or undeveloped and Kaiulani herself I found particularly unconvincing, annoying, unpleasant and somewhat unlikeable. The whole evil teacher plotline was stupid, Kaiulani's father seemed lost, wooden and out of place throughout the whole film (she also seemed to despise him) and the endless scenes of heavy petting where unnecessary and went on for far too long. One wonders if the young gentleman would have been so attracted to the Princess if she was wearing her thick rimmed glasses and suffering migraines like she did in reality?

Maybe I was expecting too much from this film, (hence my disapointment) and I can only hope that at sometime in the future something better is made.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  128 reviews
58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See Movie for Hawaiians and Hawaiians at Heart 15 July 2010
By Crystal Kia Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I'm happy that someone did take the inspired action to make a movie about Hawai'i, that isn't all about the sexy hula girls and mai tai's. This movie has meat to it. The reason I say this is a must see movie for Hawaiians and Hawaiians at heart is that it makes you think. It makes you want to read and research your Hawaiian geneaology and Hawaiian history. The movie makes you to want to learn the TRUTH! As Hawaiians we must unite to move forward, we must educate our children like our ancestors did. We had a 90 percent literacy rate in the 1800's and early 1900's, our ancestors would be ashamed of us wasting our intelligence and not cultivating our youth to learn. I'm saying this to all people, educate your children!

The movie was very moving, a love story, with a beginning, middle and end. When we describe love, we tend to look at just the best parts and skip the ugly. Although the movie wasn't completely factual, it was a good depiction of how the time was and the politics of the day. How can you summize a person's life in 120 minutes? It's just a brief moment in time that is covered. Some of the facts were missing in the story, she did die on the Big Island and maybe that should have been shown, but there was enough sadness that we all know and understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features included in the DVD Release 29 Jun 2010
By Roy J. Tjioe - Published on Amazon.com
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The DVD includes a documentary entitled "Ka`iulani: Crown Princess of Hawai`i", which combines research, interviews with some of the film's cultural advisors, clips from the film, and many rare historical photographs specially restored for this program, to tell the true story of Princess Ka`iulani. The documentary covers Princess Ka`iulani's childhood, family, education in England, her brave fight to save the Monarchy of Hawai`i from overthrow by the U.S. government, her suitors, and her untimely passing. The documentary is intended as a factual, historical companion to the events dramatized in the film. It is a must-see.

The DVD also includes a featurette entitled "Princess Ka`iulani: Behind the Scenes", which includes interviews with cast members and filmmakers that provides a fascinating insight into the making of this important film: The first to showcase the Hawaiian Monarchy and the language of Hawai`i. In addition to the production of the film, the featurette explores the music behind the film, the unprecedented opportunity to film inside `Iolani Palace, and the challenges of balancing history and drama while maintaining respect for the culture of Hawai`i.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great representation of a tragic story 16 July 2010
By Kimberly Solmerin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There are so many wonderful things to say about the movie; its production; the period costumes; the actors...

What I appreciated most was hearing the Hawaiian language spoken so beautifully and seeing King Kalakaua portrayed onscreen. I was engaged and intrigued from the moment the movie started. I plan on watching it over and over and over again. When my daughter is old enough to understand the story, we will watch it together over and over and over again.

Don't miss this documentation of American history that Americans seldom discuss.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's "OK" but it could have been much, much more! 7 Jun 2011
By ARH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The movie "Princess Kaiulani" could have been "The" movie portraying the critical moment in history when the Hawaiian kingdom died/was stolen, but, alas, it turned out instead to be a rather lightweight and somewhat lame glimpse into the life and times of Hawaii's last princess.

Don't get me wrong, Princess Kaiulani played an extremely important role in helping to secure full rights for her people when the island kingdom of Hawaii was overwhelmed by American interests and military intervention. She is a beloved part of Hawaiian history...it's just that I wish the producers and director of this film had focused on that instead of on a seemingly endless series of prologned Victorian-era make-out scenes between the princess and a young British man.

There was only passing mention of the conspiring American land owners who brought about the downfall of the last King and Queen of Hawaii, decisions made to send US troops to the islands to "protect American lives and interests", and backroom dealings made to try to subjugate the Hawaiian people to a 2nd or 3rd class citizen status. Those deplorable dealings should have been the focus of the film. I would also like to have seen more of the native Hawaiian's efforts to retain their land and country, even in the face of overwhelming military superiority by US forces.

I have to admit that the one thing that this movie did inspire in me was a desire to learn more about the history of Hawaii, mainly because so little was actually outlined and focused on in this film.

All in all the movie was OK, but I have no need to see it again.

Just a so-so effort...3-stars.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a voice for Princess Ka`iulani! 16 July 2010
By Puamohala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Aloha kakou!

I'm an amateur historian living in Hawai'i with an interest in the latter years of the Hawaiian Monarchy - and primarily the life of Princess Ka'iulani. I was so happy to hear about a film version of her life being made and in such a way that would bring dignity and insight into her life and times.

I've seen the film 3 times so far - I love it! This film did not have a huge budget to work with, but I think they did a wonderful job with the funds that they did have.
I also think the casting is excellent - Q'orianka Kilcher has a quiet dignity and humility that I think brings the Princess to life - and while not kanaka ma'oli (Native Hawaiian), she was brought up in Hawai'i early in her life, so she has some background here. She does an excellent job playing the young princess from about age 13 up to her early 20's - showing her maturing thru hardship and the tragedy of the illegal Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The latter scenes in the film especially are powerful as they show her growing and becoming politically aware of the situation and doing what she can to stop the U.S. government from taking over her Kingdom.

The facts of the Overthrow are here in this film - are they all timeline correct and everything historically accurate to a "t"? No - but the big picture of the Overthrow is there and this film is meant to go to a wide audience and show what happened here and who these people were - it hopefully would give a "kick start" to someone who is truly interested into going farther into their research and reading about this turbulent and controversial part of Hawai'i's history. We who live in Hawai'i sometimes forget that not everyone knows about the Overthrow and personages such as Queen Liliu'okalani, King Kalakaua and Princess Ka'iulani - this film gives them voices - I especially loved Leo Akana Anderson who played Queen Liliu'okalani - her portrayal is strong and dignified and she dominates every scene she is in.

The director could have had an "easy out" by just doing a documentary film on the Overthrow and Princess Ka'iulani's life - it would have been shown on a few PBS station and watched by a minimal number of people - this film is meant to reach out to a wider audience and give them some insight into some things about Hawai'i that they might not otherwise have known - it is not a documentary, but a Hollywood film based on real life events - I think many people forget that part of it.

A wonderful film that brings the time of the Overthrow to life - as well as the personages that were the main "players" during that time - and in particular, the lovely determined young ali'i (royal) named Princess Ka'iulani....this film honors her name.
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