Have you ever wanted a movie to succeed so much, and then it just didn’t? Whether it had an important message, or it had an incredible cast, or an incredible production team, you wanted that movie to make as much money as possible and maybe win a few Academy Awards along the way. Then the film comes out, and almost everyone hates it. They say the direction was lifeless, the story bland, and the acting subpar. It makes almost no money, and is forgotten as a failed attempt at true cinema. Such is this film.
“Princess Ka’iulani” chronicles the titular Hawaiian princess and her struggles to prevent Hawaii’s annexation by the United States. Looking at all the possible narrative structures throughout history, Ka’iulani’s life is a perfect story for film adaptation. Born into the Hawaiian nobility known as ali’i, she was a young woman of exceptional qualities. Fluent in Hawaiian, English, German, and French, she was beloved by her people and was one of the most outspoken critics of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. As a film, this story is ripe with plenty of opportunity for interesting political discussion and drama.