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Barbarian Princess upsets native Hawaiians

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on September 25, 2009

Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher

StudioBriefing.net

A movie based on the life of Hawaiian Princess Kaiulani has drawn fire from native Hawaiian groups, primarily because of its title — Barbarian Princess. In a front-page article that appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser on Wednesday, University of Hawaii professor Jon Osorio was quoted as saying, “We really feel helpless to deal with producers … who sensationalize our history in order to get to the wider audience.” Vicky Holt Takamine, president of the Ilioulaokalani Coalition, called the title an “outrage.” But Roy Tijoe, a co-owner of Island Film Group, which produced the $8-million movie insisted that the title was meant as “irony” and was drawn from newspaper accounts of the Princess’s visit to the mainland shortly before the turn of the century. “It was a way to bring to the fore what had happened in the past,” he said. (The role of Princess Kaiulani is played by Q’orianka Kilcher, who portrayed Pocahontas in 2005’s The New World. The Advertiser noted that after an earlier protest the title was dropped, only to be reintroduced in time for a screening at the Hawaiian International Film Festival next month. The producers told the newspaper that they were unable to come up with another title that could pique interest in the movie as effectively as the original one.

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