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The Islands (2019)

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Based on the incredible true-life story of Chiefess Kapiolani who descended into an active volcano to demonstrate her new-found faith and ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii.


Timothy A. Chey
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teuira Shanti Napa ... Chiefess Kapiolani
Mira Sorvino ... Mary Thornton
Ricky Sua'ava ... Alika Kalawaia
John Savage ... Henry Thornton
Michael Camp ... Hiram Bingham
Malia Marquez ... Kanoa Palakiko
Ichiro Tange Ichiro Tange ... Akira Endo
Malia Mahi ... Me'le
John Huser ... Skipper Jack
Harry Walia ... Keoni
Lehi Makisi Falepapalangi ... Kapu
Ala'amoe Keolanui ... Ma'illi Lokela
Boyd Lauano Boyd Lauano ... Makana
Andrew Sexton III Andrew Sexton III ... Warrior Manu
David Galea'i David Galea'i ... Warrior Kalani
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Based on the incredible true-life story of Chiefess Kapiolani who descended into an active volcano to demonstrate her new-found faith and ushered in a new beginning in Hawaii.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and violence

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Did you know the co-writer of 'The Islands' is Native Hawaiian and teaches Native Hawaiian history at the University of Hawaii and has a PhD from Harvard. See more »

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Preachy Sermon
6 December 2019 | by jonathangomez2326See all my reviews

(RATING: 4 out of 5)


IN BRIEF: In the hands of a master filmmaker, Tim Chey has made a beautifully crafted but preachy historical drama.


JON'S REVIEW: As a non-religious person, I found The Islands to be incredibly thought provoking. The movie grapples with the heavy theme of faith. The movie centers heavily around Kapiolani's character, including voice-overs.

Aside from the plot and themes, the directing, editing, acting, and cinematography are all top notch in this movie. This is a gorgeous movie that shows the time and effort that the director put. Teuira Shanti-Napa deserves much praise for her fantastic portrayal of Chiefess Kapiolani. The Hawaiian/Polynesian actors do a great job with speaking in Native Hawaiian. The movie shows the age and time period of the movie incredibly well with sets and costumes that appear authentic to the period. The only downside to this movie is perhaps its length. For some audiences, the movie could be repeating the points too much and it can be a slow beginning.

Overall I would recommend The Islands to any audience member that is a fan of Chey or a fan of the themes of faith. The movie took much care to show the struggles of faith in the face of oppression.

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