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Whale Rider (2003 movie)

8 Ratings: 3.9
A movie directed by Niki Caro

New Zealand's Maori culture is the focus of WHALE RIDER, the powerful coming-of-age tale of Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), a 13-year-old girl who feels destined to become leader and chief to her tribe although that role has always been reserved for … see full wiki

Director: Niki Caro
Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 6, 2003
MPAA Rating: PG-13
3 reviews about Whale Rider (2003 movie)
review by . June 21, 2004
Beautifully blending mystical Maori tribe beliefs with modern day 21st century, "Whale Rider" will have even the most hard-hearted cynics wiping their tear-stained eyes.According to a long-standing Maori legend, of which "Whale Rider" is much hinged upon, the tribe's male warrior and leader, Paikea rode to New Zealand on the back of a whale thousands of years ago. Since that time, the first-born male heir to the Maori chief has always assumed the title of whale rider at adolescence. At the opening …
review by . January 30, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
WHALE RIDER is one of those independent sleepers that happens to catch the hearts of the movie audience, much like MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING etc. Simple stories with universal truths told well. This could easily be a National Geographic documentary for all its beauty of New Zealand. But it has much more: the little known Maori people of New Zealand have been celebrated by such well known descendants as soprano Kiri Te Kanawa who introduces Maori folksongs on her highly lauded performances throughout …
review by . December 12, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: .......     Cons: .......     The Bottom Line: _____________     Dedicated to those that have gone before (*)      Witi Ihimaera wrote this novel which was adapted to screenplay and directed by Niki Caro. At times I almost got a documentary feel from the piece, the information was so interesting and the customs so detailed. Some may consider it a dream, some may consider it urban legend, but I consider it the girl …
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