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Princess Kaiulani (2009)

Princess Ka'iulani (original title)
PG | | Drama | 14 May 2010 (USA)
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The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization.

Director:

Marc Forby

Writers:

Marc Forby (screenplay), Robert Payne (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Q'orianka Kilcher ... Princess Ka'iulani
Barry Pepper ... Lorrin Thurston
Shaun Evans ... Clive Davies
Jimmy Yuill ... Archie Cleghorn
Will Patton ... Sanford Dole
Leo Anderson Akana Leo Anderson Akana ... Queen (Lydia) Lili'uokalani
Ocean Kaowili Ocean Kaowili ... King Kalákaua (as Ocean Ka'owili)
Kamuela Kalilikane Kamuela Kalilikane ... Mamane
Kimo Kalilikane Kimo Kalilikane ... Kalehua
Esmond Chung Esmond Chung ... Nahinu
Reupena Paopao Sheck Reupena Paopao Sheck ... Koa
Keith Barry Keith Barry ... U.S. Marine
Brian Hayes Currie ... Morgan (as Brian Currie)
Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot Ka'alaka'iopono Faurot ... (Keiki) Ka'iulani
Chandler Gines Chandler Gines ... Hawaiian Girl
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Storyline

Inspired by true events. Princess Ka'iulani is the daughter of a Hawaiian princess and a Scottish businessman. As a teenager, she is sent to England to be educated, but after the death of her uncle King Kalakaua and the accession of her aunt Queen Liliu'okalani, Ka'iulani becomes the next heir to the throne. The possibility of U.S. annexation is looming and the rights of her people are threatened. Ka'iulani is torn between life in England with handsome young suitor Clive Davies or returning to her beloved Hawai'i. Written by L. Hamre

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Taglines:

Her heart was torn between love and the future of Hawaii.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence and thematic material, and for brief language, sensuality and smoking | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

14 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Princess Ka'iulani Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,995, 16 May 2010

Gross USA:

$883,887

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$883,887
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Princess Ka'iulani's full name at birth was "Victoria Ka'iulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn," first born child of a Hawaiian Royal mother and a Scottish commoner father. She was born October 16, 1875 in the city of Honolulu, island of Oahu, Kingdom of Hawaii. See more »

Goofs

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

[last lines]
Woman: Hawaiians remember Princess Ka'iulani as the hope she brought to her people. The flame of our great chiefess burns brightly in the soul of our nation.
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Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
Lyrics written by Joe Hayden
Music written by Theodore A. Metz (as Theodore August Metz)
Performed by Blaine Kia, Kaleo 'Boi' Kia and Joseph Winchester
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Interesting Premise, Bland Movie
18 May 2017 | by victoriacostanzaSee all my reviews

I went in this movie looking forward to see Q'Orianka Kilcher's performance after having the pleasure of watching her acting in The New World (2005). Unfortunately for me, this movie failed to live up to my expectations. Before I talk about the negative aspects of this movie, I should talk about the few good things: the cinematography and costumes are breathtakingly beautiful, but they can't make up for the blandly delivered dialogue, the emotionless, awkward romance, and some atrocious pieces of acting. Now, the actors themselves have proved they can act in other movies; thus I find fault with the director and the script. I wasn't connected at all to the love story and I found myself not believing anything they said or felt for each other. Except for some sensual kissing scenes, the romance was poorly done. Aside from that, the movie is full of historical inaccuracies, although I've come to expect that when watching a period drama film. My verdict is to skip this movie and go read or watch a documentary if you want to know more about the real Princess Kaiulani.


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