Princess Kaiulani (2009)

(Previously titled Barbarian Princess)

Set against the dramatic island backdrop of Hawaii and based on the inspiring true story, "Princess Kaiulani" is a breathtaking romance about an unlikely heroine and her unwavering fight to defend the independence of her people.

In 1888, Hawaii was a paradise teetering on the brink of civil unrest. The tide had turned against the long-incumbent royal family, under the malevolent influence of a rebel party with links to the American government. Within months, the Palace was overthrown, and the royals exiled.

Among them was the beautiful Princess Kaiulani. Scarcely 13 years old, she was separated from her family and her homeland and for her own safety, sent to a climate and a country that couldn't be more different from Hawaii - Victorian England.

Coming to terms with her fate, Kaiulani underwent a harsh and testing education that equipped her with a sense of honor, duty and pride. What's more, she fell in love, with the spirited and rebellious young Englishman, Clive Davies.

Emerging from her childhood, and inspired by her blossoming romance, Kaiulani realized she had to bring an end to the injustices suffered by her people and set to sail for America, to meet President Grover Cleveland, to prove that she and her people were not the "barbarians" portrayed by the American press.

Princess Kaiulani combines the profound natural beauty of Hawaii with the sweeping romance of a classic Merchant Ivory epic.

Starring: Q'orianka Kilcher (Pocahontas in The New World)

Opens May 14 in limited release

-> Official site
-> Facebook group
-> IMDb





6 comments:

  1. Is that the same actress who played Pocahantas in The New World?

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  2. I didn't realize that Tom but just looked it up on IMDb. Yes it's the same actress!

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  3. I had no idea this movie was in the works - thank you so much for posting about it! It looks amazing!

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  4. You're welcome Ruth! I had no idea it was about to come out! Heard nothing about it since last year so figured it wasn't making it to theatres!

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  5. Just saw it in Hawaii a few days ago, sold out shows at HIFF in the fall - loved it. Want to see it in Canada or buy a copy any ideas for Canada release. I live close to Vancouver.

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  6. Anon,
    you might want to check the facebook group which might have updates about its release. I think they're still trying to get people to request their local theatres to bring it to town...

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