Whale Rider (2002)

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Released 6-Jul-2004
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In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to the chiefly title. When twins are born and the boy twin dies, Koro, the chief is unable to accept his grand-daughter Pai as a future leader.

Koro is convinced that the tribe's misfortunes began at Pai's birth and calls for his people to bring their sons to him, sure a new leader will be revealed. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfil her destiny.

When whales become stranded on the beach, Koro is sure this signals an apocalyptic end to his tribe. Until one person prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the people. The Whale Rider.

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young girl fights to fulfil her destiny. WHALE RIDER is directed by Niki Caro who adapted it for the screen from the novel by award winning New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera.

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Starring
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Rawiri Paratene
Vicky Haughton
Cliff Curtis
Grant Roa
Mana Taumaunu
Rachel House
Taungaroa Emile
Tammy Davis
Mabel Wharekawa
Rawinia Clarke
Tahei Simpson
Roi Taimana
Directed by
Niki Caro
Music
Lisa Gerrard
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
(70:01)
Drama 2002 97:19 576i (PAL) 2 4
Video
Widescreen 2.35:1, 16x9 Enhanced
Audio
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English dts 5.1 (768Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Subtitles
English for the Hearing Impaired
Extras
Menu Animation & Audio, Audio Commentary-Niki Caro (Director), Deleted Scenes-8, With Optional Commentary, Featurette-Behind The Scenes-27:05, Featurette-Te Waka - Building The Canoe (11:12), Featurette-Keisha Castle-Hughes Audition, Theatrical Trailer-2, Gallery-Photo, DVD-ROM Extras-Knitting Pattern
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