Ratings

MetaCritic Rating 80%
TMDB Rating 7.3
IMDB Rating 7.6
RottenTomatoes Rating 91%

Financials

Revenue: $41,400,000

Budget: $8,000,000

Profit: + $33,400,000


Movie Details

Tag Line: In the ways of the ancients she found a hope for the future.

Status: Released

Average Rating: 7

Release Date: Jan 30, 2003

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1h 41m

Original Language: English

Website: Link

Production Countries: Germany , New Zealand

Production Companies: South Pacific Pictures , Pandora Film


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Synopsis

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.


Main Cast

Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes

Paikea Apirana

Age : 30 | Popularity : 4%

Rawiri Paratene

Rawiri Paratene

Koro

Age : N/A | Popularity : 3%

Vicky Haughton

Vicky Haughton

Nanny Flowers

Age : N/A | Popularity : 4%

Cliff Curtis

Cliff Curtis

Porourangi

Age : 51 | Popularity : 31%

Grant Roa

Grant Roa

Uncle Rawiri

Age : N/A | Popularity : 3%

Mana Taumaunu

Mana Taumaunu

Hemi

Age : N/A | Popularity : 4%

Rachel House

Rachel House

Shilo

Age : 49 | Popularity : 16%

Taungaroa Emile

Taungaroa Emile

Willie

Age : N/A | Popularity : 4%


Crew

Department Role Name
Directing Director
Niki Caro
Niki Caro
Writing Author
Witi Ihimaera
Witi Ihimaera
Screenplay
Niki Caro
Niki Caro
Production Producer
John Barnett
John Barnett
Tim Sanders
Tim Sanders
Frank Hübner
Frank Hübner
Sound Original Music Composer
Lisa Gerrard
Lisa Gerrard
Camera Director of Photography
Leon Narbey
Leon Narbey
Editing Editor
David Coulson
David Coulson
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