Tenuously based on the legends of Easter Island, Chile, this story details a civil war between the two tribes on the island: the Long Ears and the Short Ears. A warrior from the ruling class falls in love with a girl from the lower class, and must decide on his position in a time of great civil unrest. The ruling class are demanding larger and larger Moai (stone statues), a task which the lower class and the island ecology are more and more reluctant to provide.Written by
Murray Chapman <email@example.com>
Ironically, while the film was trying to send an ecological message, it was, on the contrary, the trigger for a real disaster on Easter Island. Because by overpaying the natives 40 $ / day during the shooting, the film made some indigenous people addicted to the western consumer society way of life. After the release of the movie, mass tourism industry began to roll on the island. 20 years later, Easter island is crumbling under rubbish and does not know how to get rid of it. See more »
The Rapa Nui had long abandoned carving moai by the time of the Cult of the Birdman. See more »
The island itself is stunningly beautiful and the film makes good use of this, especially the race at the end which is compelling in its apparent difficulty for the actors. As for the accuracy of the film it is mainly based on guesswork, so the whole racial element is for the benefit of drama. What surprises me is that some of the other reviewers wonder how an advanced civilisation can be so racist! Take a look at your own society and wonder! As well as a love story there is a competitive element, and an explanation about what happened to the island. If Easter Island interests you this film will entertain. As for the nudity, don't be so prudish!
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