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Princess Kaiulani (2009)

Princess Ka'iulani (original title)
PG | | Drama | 14 May 2010 (USA)
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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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Lorrin Thurston
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Archie Cleghorn
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Sanford Dole
Leo Anderson Akana ...
Queen (Lydia) Lili'uokalani
Ocean Kaowili ...
King Kalákaua (as Ocean Ka'owili)
Kamuela Kalilikane ...
Mamane
Kimo Kalilikane ...
Kalehua
Esmond Chung ...
Nahinu
Reupena Paopao Sheck ...
Koa
Keith Barry ...
U.S. Marine
Brian Hayes Currie ...
Morgan (as Brian Currie)
Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot ...
(Keiki) Ka'iulani
Chandler Gines ...
Hawaiian Girl
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Inspired by true events. Princess Ka'iulani is the daughter of a Hawaiian princess and a Scottish businessman. As a teenager, she is sent to England to be educated, but after the death of her uncle King Kalakaua and the accession of her aunt Queen Liliu'okalani, Ka'iulani becomes the next heir to the throne. The possibility of U.S. annexation is looming and the rights of her people are threatened. Ka'iulani is torn between life in England with handsome young suitor Clive Davies or returning to her beloved Hawai'i. Written by L. Hamre

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Her heart was torn between love and the future of Hawaii.

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Drama

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Rated PG for some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking | See all certifications »
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14 May 2010 (USA)  »

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After Heaven  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,980, 16 May 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$883,887, 26 September 2010
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Trivia

Ka'iulani's given first name, Victoria, was a tribute to the Queen of Great Britain. In July 1843, Queen Victoria had helped to restore Hawaii's sovereignty and independence during the reign of King Kamehameha III. The queen's given names were Alexandrina Victoria, but she chose not to use her given first name. Similarly, Princess Ka'iulani chose not to use her given first name. See more »

Goofs

There is a clear shot of a chameleon walking across the screen. Chameleons are not native to Hawaii and the first ones were introduced in 1972. See more »

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Princess Ka'iulani: There is no Victoria. There never was!
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Hawai'i Pono'i
Lyrics written by King David Kalakaua
Music written by Henri Berger
Performed by The Royal Hawaiian Band
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A bit of little known history
3 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

PRINCESS KA'IULANI feels like a made for TV movie, a film that will inform the viewer about a bit of history few know, but also a rather static and amateurish production - pretty to look at, embarrassing to hear. Marc Dorby directed this his first directorial outing based on his story written with the assistance of Robert Payne. The facts presented are apparently true and since few know the background history of Hawaii it is at least informative.

Without much historical background about the Islands before the Americans inserted themselves to feast on the beauty and agricultural goods of that paradise, the film begins with a conflict between the anti-Royalists lead by Thurston (Barry Pepper in muttonchops) and the Royal reign of King Kalalaua (Ocean Kaowili), Queen Liliu'okalan (Leo Anderson Akana). Princess Ka'iulani (Q'orianka Kilcher, a half Peruvian actress remembered for her role as Pocahontas in THE NEW WORLD with Colin Farrell and Christian Bale) is the niece who is in line for the throne, a royal personage who understands kindness in regards to the people of her nation (she is only half Hawaiian - her father is a Scotsman). To protect the princess she is sent to England where she gradually grows accustomed to British snobbery and overcomes it through her inner strength, living in the home of the Davies - Mr. Davies (Julian Glover, Alice Davies (Tazmin Merchant, from THE TUDORS) and Clive Davies (Shaun Evans). The family presents her to society, nurtures her, and the princess falls in love with Clive, who is juts ready to enter university, and they become engaged. Back home in Honolulu things disintegrate: Thurston gathers rebels to take over the Royal rule, alters the constitution to forbid voting by the natives, the King dies, and the Queen is under house arrest. Princess Ka'iulani travels to the United States to plead her case with President Cleveland, receives a grand reception and then returns home to Hawaii, raises her dignity to cope with Thurston and the anti-Royalists and with the assistance of Sanford B. Dole (Will Patton) she is able to alter the new constitution to allow voting rights to her people.

If that all sounds a bit short on story then the viewer can understand why so much time is spent with the princess, Julie and Clive skipping along the beach and finding other moments of diversion to fill the 90 minutes of the film. The cast is competent and delivers the piecemeal scraps of script given them well. In the end there jut isn't much story here that isn't fairly obvious from the first 15 minutes of the film. It is a good lesson about the US annexation of Hawaii and the tension between the native Hawaiians and the 'invaders'......

Grady Harp


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