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Princess Kaiulani -- 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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7 July 2012 (Japan) See more »
Her heart was torn between love and the future of Hawaii.
The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Q'orianka Kilcher ... Princess Ka'iulani

Barry Pepper ... Thurston

Will Patton ... Sanford B. Dole

Shaun Evans ... Clive Davies
Jimmy Yuill ... Archie Cleghorn

Julian Glover ... Mr. Davies

Tamzin Merchant ... Alice Davies

Catherine Steadman ... Miss Barnes / Mrs. Connolly
Leo Anderson Akana ... Queen Liliu'okalani
Esmond Chung ... Nahinu
Ocean Kaowili ... King Kalakaua
Keith Barry ... U.S. Marine

Chloë Crampton ... Emma (as Chloe-Charlotte Crampton)
Brian Hayes Currie ... Morgan (as Brian Currie)
Chandler Gines ... Hawaiian Girl
Geoff Heise ... Waterhouse
Love Hodel ... Smith
Vince Keala Lucero ... Captain Nowlein
Jean Simon ... Mrs. Collum

Ned Van Zandt ... Senator Collum
Kaleo-o Kalani Kia ... Musician
Joesph Winchester ... Musician
Abert Kia ... Musician / Singer (as Albert M. Kia)
Greg Sardinha ... Musician / Singer
Kalei Kahalewai ... Musician / Singer
Arthur Akana ... Musician
Isaac Sonny Kalua ... Musician / Singer
Aaron Kia ... Musician
Louis Kauakahi ... Musician (as Louis R.Kauakahi)
Henry Kaanapu ... Musician (as Henry Ka'anapu)
Paisley Kanahoahoa ... Musician
Kawai Delacruz ... Musician
Kenneth Makuakane ... Musician
Conan Paikrosa ... Musician
Gary Aiko ... Musician (as Gary 'Aiko)
Howell Mahoe Jr. ... Musician / Kuma Hula Singer (as Howell 'Chinky' Mahoe)
Puanani Reis-Moniz ... Hula Dancer
Danette Kepaa ... Hula Dancer
Damien Hanakeawe ... Hula Dancer
Kyra Glover ... Hula Dancer
Lynda Sniffen ... Hula Dancer
Ronnie Inagaki ... Hula Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Banks ... President Cleveland

Christian Brassington ... Duke
Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot ... Keiki Ka'iulani

Patricia Hastie ... Mrs. Morgan (as Patti Hastie)
Kamuela Kalilikane ... Mamane
Kimo Kalilikane ... Kalehua

Timothy D. Lechner ... New York Reporter (as Timothy Lechner)
Jay Lembeck ... Premier Gibson
Olivia Mardon ... Duchess
Bill Ogilvie ... New York Reporter
Alika Pahoa ... Maid

Michael W. Perry ... Reporter
Reupena Paopao Sheck ... Kao
Laura Soller ... Mrs. Anna Dole
Rosamund Stephen ... Mrs Cleveland
Georgina Terry ... Schoolgirl #2
Barbara Wilshere ... Mrs. Davies
Sage Adams ... Marine (uncredited)
Cristina de la Diosa ... Soldier's Girlfriend #1 (uncredited)
Matt Goldstein ... Photographer with Flash Camera (uncredited)

Elizabeth Goram-Smith ... Scullery Maid (uncredited)
Sean Douglas Hoban ... Thurston's Assistant (uncredited)
Kainoa Kilcher ... Kaleo (uncredited)

Jordan Kirkwood ... Senator (uncredited)
Josh Margulies ... Marine (uncredited)

Katharin 'Ladie K' Mraz ... Soldier's Girlfriend #2 (uncredited)

Arlene Newman-Van Asperen ... Woman in New York (uncredited)

Rochelle Ovitt ... Coronation Lei Giver (uncredited)
Mariah Serine ... Dignitary Wife (uncredited)
Nick Shaw ... Butler to President (uncredited)

Directed by
Marc Forby 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marc Forby  screenplay
Robert Payne  additional dialogue

Produced by
Lauri Apelian .... producer
Jeffrey K.D. Au .... executive producer
Leilani Estioko Forby .... executive producer
Marc Forby .... producer
Ricardo S. Galindez .... producer
William 'Chico' Powell .... line producer
Nigel Thomas .... producer
Roy Tjioe .... producer
Charlotte Walls .... executive producer
Wanda Watumull .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck 
Cinematography by
Gabriel Beristain 
Film Editing by
Beverley Mills 
Casting by
Kate Plantin 
Production Design by
Steven Lawrence 
Art Direction by
James Hambidge (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Kevin Tyau 
Simon Wakefield (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Kathryn Morrison 
Makeup Department
Rosie Duprat Fort .... makeup department head
Gilly Popham .... makeup artist
Laine Rykes .... makeup artist
Lotus Seki .... hair stylist
Kendal Shannon .... additional makeup artist
Larry Waggoner .... department head hair
Production Management
Angela Laprete .... unit production manager: Hawaii
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendy Bledsoe .... second second assistant director
Daniel Gill .... third assistant director: UK
Steven Hacker .... second assistant director
Tom Rye .... second assistant director: UK
Greg Zekowski .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michelle Coleman .... assistant art director
Matt Curtis .... title design
Scott Ejercito .... assistant property master
Jordana Finkel .... assistant art director
Rene Knol .... dressing props
Samuel Pactol .... lead painter
Katie Ralph .... assistant buyer
Darrell Tachibana .... greens foreman
Liloa Wong .... greens coordinator
Sound Department
Rodney Berling .... sound effects editor
Robert Brazier .... foley mixer
Tony Currie .... supervising sound editor
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer: UK
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Gary Keller .... sound assistant: UK
Adam Mendez .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Price .... dialogue editor
Jez Spencer .... foley editor
Richard Straker .... sound re-recording mixer
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Denise Yarde .... boom operator: UK
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Cheetham .... visual effects
Clare Heneghan .... visual effects
Dennis Michel .... visual effects supervisor
James Rose .... visual effects
Theajodharan .... visual effects
Anthony Wonsoff .... matte artist
Craig H. Davidson .... stunts
Mike Rufino .... stunts
Aden Stay .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Berner .... first assistant camera
Richard J. Brock .... camera: a
Rick Crum .... set lighting
Bill Draheim .... grip
Danny Eccleston .... gaffer
Justin Fischer .... lighting technician
Mark Gerasimenko .... camera operator
Alex Howe .... first assistant camera: "a" camera: uk
Scott Lisetor .... electrician
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... key grip
Jai Mansson .... second assistant camera
Christopher Mapes .... crane operator
Diona Mavis .... film loader
Alex Meacock .... assistant grip
Barney Piercy .... assistant camera
Michael Romano .... grip
Danny Rosner .... key grip
Christopher Stanback .... preview technician
Susanna Wyatt .... still photographer
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Laurie Foi .... casting: Hawaii
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Ferguson .... costume supervisor uk
Elizabeth Muxi .... costume shop supervisor
Cheryl Scarano .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Tyre .... costume assistant
Kathe James .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gavin Buckley .... assembly editor
Dan Coles .... digital intermediate colorist
Alex Gascoigne .... digital intermediate assistant
Garry Maddison .... data scanner
Nuala Sheridan .... colorist: dailies: UK
Natalie Silver .... data scanner
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Andreas Delfs .... conductor
Andrew Dudman .... music mixing engineer
Andrew Green .... music preparation
Andy Kitchen .... assistant music mixing engineer
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Connie Florez .... honolulu symphony productions (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Kelly Loo .... transportation dispatcher
George A. Miki .... driver: cast
John Reed .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Monika Agorelius .... additional epk
Todd Nicholas Allen .... production assistant
Tom Ara .... legal counsel
Carrie-Ann Banner .... production coordinator: UK
Timmy Chinn .... location assistant
James Collie .... e.p.k. editor
Vincent Joseph Flaherty .... armorer
Serena Rios Flores .... assistant production coordinator
Serena Rios Flores .... travel coordinator
Saskia Genet-Oulicky .... assistant: Q'orianka Kilcher
Patrick Gilbert .... production assistant
Matt Goldstein .... stand-in
Nell Green .... production assistant
Kristin Jackson .... publicist
David Johnstone .... insurance services: Media Insurance Brokers
Valerie Y.O. Kim .... location manager
Line Langebek Knudsen .... script editor
Brenda Lopez .... script supervisor
Lucia Lopez .... production assistant to producers
Max Murphy .... floor runner
Nicole Nakamoto .... first assistant accountant
Helen Revington .... unit nurse
Scott Rogers .... acting coach
Ashley C. Smith .... production coordinator
Christopher Stanback .... production coordinator
Alice Syed .... assistant production coordinator: UK
Thomas Walters .... epk producer
Jennifer Whiting .... production runner

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Princess Ka'iulani" - USA (original title)
"Barbarian Princess" - USA (festival title)
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Rated PG for some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking
USA:130 min | USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Japan:G | USA:PG (certificate #46046)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

First film ever permitted to shoot inside Honolulu's Iolani Palace.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Princess Ka'iulani:There is no Victoria. There never was!See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Run-of-the-Mill Biopic, 1 August 2014
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

This film tells the story of Victoria Cleghorn, aka Princess Ka'iulani, the last heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii. She was the daughter of a Scottish financier and a Hawaiian princess, and became heiress presumptive to the throne on the death of her uncle King Kalākaua. She never, however, inherited the crown because her aunt, Queen Liliuokalani, provoked the wrath of the kingdom's white minority by attempting to reverse the Bayonet Constitution, which concentrated power in the hands of that minority, and to restore the rights of the native Hawaiians.

This led to the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893, and the country's subsequent annexation by the USA, one of the murkier episodes in American history and one which still sometimes causes modern Americans to have a guilty conscience. Admittedly, their treatment of the Hawaiians was no more ruthless than their treatment of various Native American peoples over the previous hundred years or so, but they could always justify their behaviour on the mainland by reference to the "manifest destiny" ideology. Supporting the overthrow of an internationally recognised sovereign government by a racist clique of white businessmen and then annexing the country at the behest of that clique was a bit too close for comfort to the European-style imperialism which many nineteenth-century Americans affected to deplore.

The film tells Kaʻiulani's story from a viewpoint sympathetic to her and to the Hawaiian cause, but was nevertheless controversial in Hawaii, particularly among native Hawaiians. Part of the reason was its original title "Barbarian Princess", which was deemed particularly offensive, even though it was intended in an ironic way to highlight 19th-century American and European prejudices. Also controversial was the fact that the Princess was not played by a Hawaiian actress; Q'orianka Kilcher is of mixed native Peruvian and European descent and (pace Thor Heyerdahl's eccentric theories to the contrary) the Hawaiians and other Polynesian peoples are not Native Americans but originated in Asia. Q'orianka may, however, have won the role because, to judge from photographs, she bears a certain physical resemblance to Kaʻiulani, despite their different ethnic origins.

"Princess Kaʻiulani" is notable as a rare example of a movie which defies normal Hollywood conventions by making the Americans the bad guys and a group of foreigners the good guys; the principal villain is Lorrin Thurston, one of the organisers of the coup which overthrew Liliuokalani and depicted here as an arrogant white racist who despised the Hawaiian people. That apart, however, there is little else which makes the movie stand out from the ordinary. Much of the plot is given over to Kaʻiulani's supposed love affair with a handsome young Englishman named Clive and, apart from being totally fictitious, this development is of little interest compared to the dramatic events which were unfolding in the princess's homeland. None of the acting contributions stand out and, despite its potentially interesting subject, the film rarely rises above the level of a run-of-the-mill biopic.

The film ends with by noting that in 1993, one hundred years after the overthrow of Liliuokalani, President Clinton and the United States Congress apologised to the Hawaiian people for America's role in these events, although they did not, of course, follow up their apology by recognising that the annexation had been illegal under international law and that it was therefore incumbent upon America to restore the independence of Hawaii. Bill Clinton must be kicking himself about that missed opportunity. With one stroke of his pen he could have turned the Hawaii-born Barack Obama into a foreign national, Hillary could have gone on to win the 2008 election and Bill could be back in the White House as America's first First Gentleman. 5/10

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