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The Hawaiians (1970)

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Gries

Writers:

James A. Michener (novel), James R. Webb (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Whip Hoxworth
Tina Chen ... Nyuk Tsin
Geraldine Chaplin ... Purity Hoxworth
Mako ... Mun Ki
John Phillip Law ... Noel Hoxworth
Alec McCowen ... Micah Hale
Don Knight ... Milton Overpeck
Miko Mayama ... Fumiko
Virginia Ann Lee Virginia Ann Lee ... Mei Li
Chris Robinson ... Dr. Whipple Jr.
Naomi Stevens ... Queen Liliuokalani
Keye Luke ... Foo Sen
Khigh Dhiegh ... Kai Chung
Mary Munday Mary Munday ... Malama Hale
Harry Townes ... Houghton
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Storyline

The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife's suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow's Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki's wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow's Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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The continuation of James A. Michener's epic novel, Hawaii!

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1970 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of the Islands See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first of two times in which Charlton Heston played a character whose son fell in love with an Asian girl living in Hawaii. The second time was in the film [Link: tt0074899]. See more »

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During the bathing scene, bikini tan lines can seen on one of the Japanese women. See more »

Quotes

Whip Hoxworth: I envy the pious. They can be bastards and never know it.
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An excellent Hawaiian epic, part II of Hawaii.
6 January 2002 | by viewer70See all my reviews

The impact "The Hawaiians" has made on this viewer stretches over many years. Not only because it finishes the story initiated by the earlier film release, "Hawaii," which is readily available on video. But also because within this film we enjoy an epic life's story of a Chinese m woman, played by Tina Chen, who only speaks the Hakah mountain dialect. She arrives in Hawaii with almost no English, but a strong desire to survive and succeed. She is the center figure of the story and as such, she gives birth to five sons and ultimately one daughter all by a man, also from China, played by Mako. She dedicates herself to him. This guy, by the way, is already married to a woman still living in China,his first wife, who he sends much of his earnings to. So our Heroine, must be her own children's "auntie."

When her husband contracts Leprosy, Wu Chow's Auntie, as she is now called by everybody who knows her, nobly follows her husband to the outcast Island of Molokai where she takes care of him until he dies.(Mako is not Chinese but an excellent Japanese-American actor. We can see him in his latest film as the Admiral who attacks "Pearl Harbor."} Thanks to the friendship of the Hawaiian Island Master played by Charlton Heston, this great lady, who miraculously does not contract the dreaded Leprous disease, is allowed to return to her children, now grown to teenagers. All five boys,and the youngest, a girl, born at the Leper Colony and sent home just after her birth, have all managed to still be living together at the old homestead. Although missing for so many year, they are nevertheless, glad to see their mother, but when Wu Chow's Auntie begins to take charge and direct them, declaring which son will be a lawyer and which a doctor etc.; they are astonished and resistantly shout questions ... " How can we do this, we have no money. " Wu Chow's Auntie listens patiently to all the reasons for why her expectations are impossible. Then the noble mother pulls herself to her fullest height, surely no more then five feet, and declares, looking each child in his eyes until he is forced to lower them: "Impossible has come back from Molokai." Naturally to find out what happens to this woman you have to read James Michener's epic novel. This one scene alone, would make the film a MUST SEE in my opnion. I really am impatient with the controllers who are delaying the release of this wonderful story. Come on guys, get moving.. Give us "The Hawaiians," on VHS and DVD too.


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