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Whale Rider

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Parental Guidance

Parental guidance is recommended for younger viewers.

NOTE: Adult themes, Low level coarse language

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4.9 out of 5 stars Based on 18 Customer Ratings

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"Great, captivating little film!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Fabulous acting, interesting insight into Maori traditions coupled with humour, sadness and great photography.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"One Of The Best"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Whenever I watch this movie, it makes me cry, true to Maori Culture and worth a watch.

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"Fantastic move"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Loved this movie this is the 2nd copy I have owned over the years


There is a legend that Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. Since that time tradition has decreed that the first-born male descendant will become chief of the tribe. Then Pai is born…and she is a girl. She grows up within a close-knit village which retains the tribes traditional spiritual relationship with the sea and their warrior values. Although loved by all, Pai faces rejection from her grandfather, Koro, who is brokenhearted that there is no grandson to carry on the line.

Critic Reviews:

  • " [A] heartfelt drama about gender, culture and generational clashes. " – Tom Meek
  • " Whale Rider will endure as a modern masterwork because its themes are as universal as the story is localized. " – Sean Mulvihill
  • " Excellent to watch and discuss as a family. " – Nell Minow
Re-released on
February 14th, 2006
Movie Format
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Length (Minutes)
English, English HI
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Number of Discs
Country of Production
  • New Zealand
  • Drama
  • Family
Original Release Year
Box Dimensions (mm)
All-time sales rank
Top 1000
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