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Rapa Nui (1994)

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Tenuously based on the legends of Easter Island, Chile, this story details a civil war between the two tribes on the island: the Long Ears and the Short Ears. A warrior from the ruling ... See full summary »

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Eru Potaka Dewes ...
Ariki-mau
Emilio Tuki Hito ...
Messenger
Gordon Hatfield ...
Riro
Frenxa Reuben ...
Heke
Hori Ahipene ...
Overseer
Chiefy Elkington ...
Fisherman
Ruihana Rewa ...
Old Woman
George Henare ...
Tupa
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Priest
Pete Smith ...
Priest
Mario Gaoa ...
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Tenuously based on the legends of Easter Island, Chile, this story details a civil war between the two tribes on the island: the Long Ears and the Short Ears. A warrior from the ruling class falls in love with a girl from the lower class, and must decide on his position in a time of great civil unrest. The ruling class are demanding larger and larger Moai (stone statues), a task which the lower class and the island ecology are more and more reluctant to provide. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Rated R for some tribal violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 September 1994 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$305,070 (USA)
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While film critic Gene Siskel thought that the egg hunt was ridiculous, the ritual did indeed exist as part of the Birdman Cult. See more »

Goofs

The Rapa Nui had long abandoned carving moai by the time of the Cult of the Birdman. See more »

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Followed by Rapa Nui: Legends in Stone (1994) See more »

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Easter Island speculation
31 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A victim of razzing when new and ever since. However, breathtakingly filmed, especially the brutal tribal competition. One of 4 films (and the most unclad) that Jason Scott Lee made in a short time, and even more athletic than his Bruce Lee biopic, 'Dragon', although dramatically J.S. Lee's most memorable performance was as the Inuit halfbreed Avik in 'Map of the Human Heart.'

Sandrine Holt as his beloved is luminous, while Esai Morales is the villain-- -again. A plot-nudging iceberg is obviously a construct but only a brief story device before it floats away. Sadly, the stateside DVD has been withdrawn, leaving only South Korean copies (in English, however) with some manufacturing glitches fore and aft for collectors unwilling to settle for used merchandise..


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