The Maori Merchant of Venice (2002)

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A modern day take on the classic bard tale - with Silver as a movie producer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Waihoroi Shortland ...
Ngarimu Daniels ...
Te Rangihau Gilbert ...
Scott Morrison ...
Veeshayne Armstrong ...
Sonny Kirikiri ...
Te Kauhoe Wano ...
Wharehoka Wano ...
Te Arepa Kahi ...
Ngatai Rangihau ...
Samson Pehi ...
Mana Epiha ...
Eru Potaka Dewes ...
Reikura Morgan ...


The Maori take on Shakespeare's 'pound of flesh' drama is a story of deep seated social and religious prejudice, that has its revenge in a money lending deal that is bonded in a pound of the Christian merchant's flesh on forfeit. The Jew (Shylock) has a long memory of oppression, but revenge is not so sweet. Written by Anonymous

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Revenge is not so sweet







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17 February 2002 (New Zealand)  »

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Te tangata whai rawa o Weniti  »

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This is the first feature film shot in the Maori language. See more »


Version of Le marchand de Venise (1980) See more »

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A different take on a familiar story
8 May 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This movie presents a Maori version of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice,' which has been translated into Maori for the movie, and then the Maori has been translated back into English for the English subtitles. This takes it several steps away from Shakespeare's original text, but the story is pretty faithful to the original plot. Some of the acting appeared to be quite wooden, but that may have been a cultural thing, because I had to glean the meaning from the subtitles and body language. I found it a very enjoyable movie, and enjoyed the Maori take on Shakespeare's play. One thing that I found particularly good was the way the movie handled the rivalry between Antonio and Shylock. Antonio can often come across as an insipid loser, but this movie highlights the antagonism between him and Shylock, and makes the 'merry bond' most believable as a challenge thrown down and taken up. I would recommend this movie to anybody interested in Shakespeare, particularly 'The Merchant of Venice.'

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