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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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Marc Forby (screenplay)
Robert Payne (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
7 July 2012 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
Her heart was torn between love and the future of Hawaii.
Plot:
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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Well-intentioned 'Princess Kaiulani' is mostly by-the-numbers. See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated PG for some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking
Runtime:
USA:130 min | USA:97 min
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Japan:G | USA:PG (certificate #46046)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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

FAQ

What does Kaiulani mean when she says that she is "Ali'i"?
Please explain the political conflict taking place during the movie?
Is 'Princess Kaiulani' based on a book?
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Well-intentioned 'Princess Kaiulani' is mostly by-the-numbers., 19 May 2010
Author: d_art from LA Area

Q'Orianka Kilcher plays Princess Kaiulani, in a true story about one of the last heirs to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The film follows Kailulani's life, starting with her early, happy life in Honolulu, then, her education at Victorian England after the imposition of the Bayonet Constitution, which stripped Hawaiian monarchy of much of its authority. When Hawaii is soon overthrown, she returns to Hawaii in her campaign to convince the U.S. to reverse the overthrow.

This adaptation of Princess Kaiulani's life probably should've been quite good. It is a fascinating part of Hawaiian history that many are unfamiliar with. It was unfortunate, therefore, that the film spent much of its time on the less historical, but more mundane aspects of Princess Kaiulani's life.

Q'Orianka Kilcher's performance brings a relatable, somewhat spunky, every-girl aspect to her princess character. With that said, the script, sadly, doesn't fully flesh her out as I hoped. Many scenes in her life feel just tacked on to evoke sympathy, but no real texture or subtlety. For example, all the scenes with her prized seashell collection, which one would think will play a big part later, isn't really brought up again to any real significance. The supporting characters don't fair any better. Kaiulani's close friend Alice (Tamzin Merchant) is two-dimensional, and is allowed only to look deeply concerned and appears merely to suit Kaiulani's needs in the plot. I had no idea what benefit Alice gets from being Kaiulani's friend. Miss Barnes (Catherine Steadman), one of the heads of the school, comes off as just a generic, mean lady that audiences can hiss at. Kaiulani's initial relationship with one of the servant boys, which appeared significant at first, doesn't turn into anything beyond a small scene later. Admittedly, Jimmy Yuill is memorable as Kaiulani's Scottish father, Archie, who appears to be Kaiulani's biggest supporter and perhaps the biggest motivator for her to want to help her people. I also liked all the scenes involving King Kalakaua (Ocean Kaowili), a charismatic and somewhat tragic character, certainly.

I felt too much time was spent on Kaiulani and Clive's (Shaun Evans) romance, which felt generic, if not unnatural, given the fact that they were supposed to dislike each other. I must've seen this scene many times--the girl accidentally falls on the guy from the bicycle, both tumble onto the grass, and they fall in love with picturesque green hills in the background. In contrast, the kissing scenes are rather sensuous, even if the romance is on the bland side. However, things do get more interesting when Kaiulani has to pick between the plights of her people and a possible marriage to Clive.

The film shines when the subject of politics is involved. A dinner conversation scene with Kaiulani and President Cleveland (Peter Banks) using food as a way to talk politics is clever and effective. A scene where Kaiulani gives her first speech shows that she does have her flaws, and allows us to really root for her character. There's also a war scene that bring a bit of harsh reality to the situation in Hawaii. All the scenes that relate to history are the best scenes. In addition, the period sets and costumes are excellent in this film and really bring out the Victorian time period. It would've been nice to see more on how a Hawaiian monarchy functions, but what is shown is still interesting.

Despite initial pacing issues, the film picks up as we get to know Kaiulani as her people know her today—a shrewd politician. Where did she develop this skill? Somewhere during her Victorian England education, I think (although we never saw her study). Princess Kaiulani certainly is a great subject for a film. This film did make me want to know more about her, the politics of the time, and the general history of Hawaii. Perhaps that was the intention. If one were to look her up on Wikipedia, one will find many significant events in her life that were not in this film, which would've been great to see. Perhaps we'll see a film like that one day. As it is, this film is still a good light intro to a fascinating individual. ** ½ out of **** stars.

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