Rapa Nui

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Released 1994

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Director:
Kevin Reynolds
Released:
1994
Rating:
R
Rapa Nui is a 1994 drama directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-produced by Kevin Costner. Loosely based on the legends of Easter Island, Chile, Rapa Nui details the civil war between the two tribes on the island, the Short Ears and the Long Ears, and depicts the saga of two men whose rivalry over a woman leads to a competition that will decide the leadership of the people. Noro (Jason Scott Lee) is a tribesman living on the remote Pacific island that his people call Rapa Nui. A member of the Long Ears sect, Noro is to represent his clan in an annual ritual, a dangerous race along treacherous cliffs and through shark-infested waters to retrieve the first egg from a sacred bird hatchery. Noro is in love with Ramana (Sandrine Holt), a member of the Short Ears sect. The tribal shaman rules that Noro and Ramana may marry if she spends six months in an isolated cave and he wins the contest. Make (Esai Morales), another Short Ear, is a rival for Ramana and leader of unrest in his exploited caste. Make trains to represent the Short Ears against Noro in the race, but judgment in the contest's result is interrupted by the sudden appearance of an iceberg. Interpreted as an omen, the iceberg leads to a civil war.moreless
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    Love & Romance, 90s, Historical