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134 min
IMDB Rating:
6.2 / 10 
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Directors: Tom Gries [Director] ,

Movie Description:
The intertwined lives of two kindred souls with ambition begins when Captain Whip Hoxworth discovers that Nyuk Tsin has been smuggled aboard as part of cargo on The Carthaginian, which he captains, a cargo supposed to consist of only male Chinese workers bound for Hawaii. Nyuk Tsin was kidnapped from her Haaka village to be sold to a Honolulu brothel. She is spared when Mun Ki claims she is his wife, and Hoxworth goes along with his wife's suggestion that they can work in the Hoxworth household as domestic servants. Nyuk Tsin becomes known to all as Wu Chow's Auntie (Aunt of Five Continents) when her five sons are named after continents (with Mun Ki's wife in China regarded as their official mother). Whip founds an empire in pineapples, using Japanese laborers, after smuggling his first seed crop from French Guiana as Wu Chow's Auntie grows a family business in Honolulu around her sons. —Brian Greenhalgh


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Overlong and spectacular epic Hawaiian that interwines existences of ambitious people living in Hawaii

An epic drama movie about the obstinate captain Whip : Charlton a Heston going back to Hawaii . He has inherited a worthless land , but Whip then becomes himself a powerful pineapple owner by smuggling pineapple from French Guyana . Meanwhile , aboard his ship , The Carthaginian , there is a cargo of Chinese emigrants : Tina Chen and Mako subsequently disembarking in Hawaii following hardship ways . As Heston and his ambition bringing distresses to his family via his stubborness . Dealing with the Giant Story of Modern Hawaii in which mean colonists attempt to topple the Hawaii Queen and to create a new state to unite it to the United States . Along the way Whip prohibites his son : John Philip Law to marry a Chinese girl . The continuation of James A Michener's epic novel, Hawaii !

A soap opera and unpretentious entertainment movie about a proud and mighty pineapple owner and his family, including drama , love stories and tragedy . A James A. Michener's enormous novel and compressed it into compact , intelligent and sensitive scenes . This is the follow-up to Hawaii 1966 by George Roy Hill with Richard Harris , Julie Andrews , Max Von Sidow , Gene Hackman , concerning a stiff-upper-lip minister sent to Hawaii to convert the natives . In this sequel , The Hawaiians 1970 , Charlton Heston gives a fine performance in his ordinary style as the tough and bigoted land baron who founds an empire in pineapples and he will stop at nothing to get his civilian or political purports . His portrait clearly delineates the authority and alternating torment to communicate his emotions . Heston also performed a similar movie titled " Diamond Head" 1962, equally playing an ambitious pineapple owner . While Geraldine Chaplin is passable , though she has not quite the weight for the role of the consumptive wife . There's a captivating performance from Tina Chen as the pregnant Chinese emigrant who disembarks in Hawaii to face off a new life along with Mako . Accompanied by good secondaries as Alec McCowen, John Phillip Law, Don Knight , James Gregory , MIko Mayama and you'll have to concentrate harder to pick up actors as Chris Robinson, Lyle Bettger and James Hong .

It displays a marvellous and gorgeous cinematography from the sunny Hawaii by cameramen Lucien Ballard and Philip H Lathrop . As well as a rousing and stirring musical score by Henry Mancini .The motion picture was uneven but professionally directed by Tom Gries , including some flaws and disjointed scenes . Tom was a good craftsman who made a lot of films as cinema as television until his early death at 54 . As he directed Westerns as 100 rifles , Will Penny , Mustang , Nevada Smith and other genres as in Breakout and The Glass House . Rating : 6/10 . The movie will appeal to Charlton Heston fans .

"I envy the pious...they can be bastards and not even know it!"

Based on the later chapters of James A. Michener's book "Hawaii", made into a film in 1966, opens with a new generation of characters circa 1870, with Americans bringing Chinese servants to Hawaii by ship. The sea captain (Charlton Heston, the black sheep of his family!) returns home to his woman who informs him his grandfather has died, leaving the family shipping lines to a cousin. The captain isn't pleased with what he has inherited--"a worthless piece of land"--however, in two years he strikes water and starts a pineapple plantation with help from a servant (Mako) and his concubine, Nyuk Tsin (Tina Chen), a fast-learning girl with a talent for gardening and with pre-feminist leanings. The servant already has a wife back in his native country, yet he and Nyuk Tsin have five sons and a daughter before he contracts leprosy and is shipped off to a leper colony on Molokai. Meanwhile, the captain's wife bears him a son before apparently going mad (she's repulsed by his touch, which isn't necessarily the same thing). Mammoth undertaking by screenwriter James R. Webb, who introduces and then disposes of characters in quick succession, with the years in-between the tragedies flashing by at a rapid rate. It may have been all too much for director Tom Gries to handle; the acting is uneven, the tone of the movie is often uncertain, and the last-act where the babies have now become adults and revolution breaks out under the dictatorship of a new queen (Naomi Stevens!) is akin to soap opera. Heston, Mako and Chen are the only performers who manage to create genuine characters, with Chen's return home to her long-estranged children the film's most moving sequence. Henry Mancini's flavorful score starts the picture on the right note, while cinematographers Lucien Ballard (who left the project ill) and Philip Lathrop give the Kauai and Maui locations a fine visual texture. ** from ****

White-washing Hawaiian History

I have not read the books, so I have no idea how true the movie is to them. I also haven't seen "Hawaii", to which this is apparently a stand-alone sequel, so I can't make any comparisons. I did live in Hawaii during high school, and had quite a few lessons in state and native Hawaiian history - much more than the writers had, apparently.

The Chinese casting was very good, and mostly Chinese. Unfortunately there were few if any Hawaiians involved, except a few extras. Queen Liliuokalani, for example, is played by a Jewish woman doing an accent that could best be described as "aristocratic Italian". There's a couple of white women with impressive spray tans at different points in the movie, both playing mixed racial characters as far as I could tell. The wife of the main character is played by a very white woman, yet is supposed to be one-quarter Hawaiian.

The native Hawaiian movement to keep Hawaii as an independent monarchy is illustrated by the insanity of the main character's wife. Her desire to get in touch with her roots is intermingled with her portrayed hysteria and tenuous grip on reality. The natives she lives among for a while are apparently just as nuts, since they never appear to notice that she's unhinged. There's a brief condemnation of exploitative white businessmen by the Queen, which is itself immediately undercut when she irately orders the execution of one. This seems to be aimed at dismissing the lingering modern opposition to the forceful overthrowing of the Hawaiian government by the US government.

So the general impression is of successful white American businessmen building the future state, versus various savage ethnic groups engaging in violence and spreading disease. The Chinese woman and her son gain some success and respect by embracing the American way, starting a business, and going to law school. And even that success is marred by the Chinese businesswoman promising to overcome by out-breeding the whites.

The acting and scenery were excellent, but this movie is a eurocentric relic which should stayed buried.
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