Mild reference to female genitalia in the beginning. Male genitalia is later referenced in a somewhat crude way, though it is not really obscene.
While bathing, a girl’s bare back is shown from the waist up.
A group of boys are seen hitting their chest while topless.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Identity, existence and others

——So says Whale Rider

I always feel that when I watch such inspirational films for a long time, I can’t remember those stubborn villains who can only say so-called and represent the old tradition. “Whale Rider” is the same as before. Even if the chief grandpa Koro is a real male number one, I still don’t think the role itself has anything impressive except symbolizing old ideas. I think that’s often the case. Finally, the old man nodded with tears, the so-called good end of turning corruption into jade and silk.

There is another kind of film in the world, which lacks such a role. A group of young people looked around and talked loudly. The bar banquet swaggered through the market and had nowhere to hide in broad daylight. After all, there would not be such a severe and mean old man who announced their maturity with gratifying eyes one minute before the subtitles appeared. We call it youth film.

There is always confusion. When the destination you reach through mountains and rivers is only an evergreen oasis in the desolate Gobi, how can you judge whether it is a mirage in your dream? Is the so-called sense of being not in the immortal class, but can it be brought by the sweet spring water moistening the throat, or the gentle breeze washing the face in the shade of the tree?

On the way home, there is a market department with a glass door. Inside the door, there is often a big dog nearly five feet tall, with snow-white fur. As soon as I come near, it will shout. I don’t mind the hostility after instinct. It barked, I existed, I took off my roaring headphones and thought to myself.

“Somehow I experienced my time as a postponement of my life, but eventually I realized that this is my life.” An obscure sermon in the witty dialogue of kicking and screaming comes from the bartender classmate Chet. This and another dialogue became the reason for me to include the independent works in this corner in my top 20, and my annotation was “if the film is still on my top 20 in three years, it means I have been a loser”.

A film with only resonance and no sense of identity indicates only some ugly memories

But in Whale Rider, there is only one father who abandons tradition and one daughter who transcends tradition, and there is no grandfather. Let the faith in the background be swallowed up by modern civilization like Maori villages. We can still see two fresh personalities on the screen. They understand and do not understand. After all, they go a different way. Maybe they can also complete an ideological sublimation. But as an inspirational film, where is your ambition, you still need an explanation.

Like the Mongolian border I personally saw, the Maori tribe on Yangdao has embarked on the road of modern civilization. Only the cartoon totem of whale and knight on the roof of the sacrificial hall breathes the ancient legends and songs of the tribe silently. Middle aged and elderly women smoke while playing cards. The chief’s eldest son runs away from home because he can’t stand losing his wife and repeated work. The second son is also far away from tradition and accepts the temptation of modern civilization. There is also pressure and discrimination from all aspects. The mysterious and distant European customs in the careless words of his father who returned for the first time seem to be ruthlessly suppressing the last trace of faith in ancient times. However, when the theme of the film needs a positive, the ending will not be the loss of escape from nihilism or the decline after the failure of the French Revolution. We must see the girl achieve her wish, we must see an old man nodding with tears, and we must see a really shocking sense of identity

At this time, we can realize that the role of grandfather Koro is the initial giver of the audience’s final feeling.

The girl accepted the sacred name her mother shouted on her deathbed. Paikea, who fell to the ground, was born with a serious idea that men are superior to women. His mother died in childbirth and his father ran away from home. What made his chief grandfather dissatisfied was the premature death of his brother. The gap between grandparents and grandchildren has never appeared due to the joy of knowing. Finally, a small mistake in the performance of the clan meeting made Koro find an excuse to abandon his status as the successor of the tribal chief. The inspirational story unfolded. As for the feelings accumulated by the hardships, they bloom at the moment when the girl on the whale’s back slowly submerges into the water.

The girl has never lost her goal. Her prayers are natural and beautiful, as if they respond to the call of the soul; The girl’s father may have never had a goal. Seeking the road of art may be just an excuse for him to escape. In the face of secular temptation, it may be those talents that made him unable to face his responsibilities maturely. Therefore, porourangi, who could not identify with his father and could not be recognized by his father, chose to leave. Perhaps this is another film praising women’s will. The immature father and the stubborn grandfather make the image of paikea, a strong girl with brilliant personality, particularly dazzling.

Maybe the Whale Rider doesn’t have a wonderful plot, or maybe it just tells the story of today’s Maori people, with a strong flavor of legend. As an inspirational film, it seems to have more fatalism. However, what this film presents is an unparalleled sense of national identity. From the response of the giant whale, to the return of his father, to the return of the whole tribal tradition, paikea proved that it was the blood of a warrior on a girl.

At the end of the film, paikea got the hard won sense of identity, and his father also found the sense of existence symbolizing his destination. A nation, an ancient and remote nation, began to awaken and continue in their unique way

Repeatedly listening to the prayers recited by the girl’s tender voice in the background of the title picture, I have to envy. With the vast city, the vast sea of people, the lack of faith and the exhaustion of tradition, the sense of identity is simply a gift from heaven. In order to prove our existence day after day, how much do we have to pay and give up?

When to get, when to give, and when to give up?

We can no longer just for the sake of a tradition, put down all barriers and shout the chants handed down by our ancestors to help each other in the same boat. In peacetime, when the unfinished paddle ship was still standing alone on the shore, those who should have held the paddle were confused.

I have been unable to convince myself about paikea’s father’s choice. When I lack a sense of identity, I can go on so independently and boldly. If I put it in another film, is it childish or courageous? What kind of inspiration do we need more for us?

Of course, every young man has an unfinished ship, a ship in his heart. They may have believed that they can ride it to break all winds and waves. Whether male or female, whether from the city or the countryside, whether talent or talent. As long as the keel of the ship itself is strong and tough, as long as someone carves exquisite texture on the ship body, and as long as someone places a wave breaking statue in the bow

As long as someone tells you: believe me, you have always been the best sailor!

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