Whale Rider 20 years old

In the ways of the ancients she found a hope for the future.

Whale Rider

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.


Whale Rider Cast

Name Character
Cliff Curtis He was 34, now 54 years old as Porourangi
Dedee Pfeiffer She was 59, now 59 years old
Rawiri Paratene He was 49, now 69 years old as Koro
Grant Roa He was 29, now 49 years old as Uncle Rawiri
Keisha Castle-Hughes She was 13, now 33 years old as Paikea Apirana
Vicky Haughton as Nanny Flowers
Rachel House She was 31, now 51 years old as Shilo
Tahei Simpson as Miss Parata
Mana Taumaunu as Hemi
Tammy Davis He was 27, now 47 years old as Dog
Rawinia Clarke as Miro
Taungaroa Emile as Willie
Mabel Wharekawa as Maka

Whale Rider Crew

Name Department
Niki Caro as Director. She was 36 (now 56) years old Directing
Niki Caro as Screenplay. She was 36 (now 56) years old Writing
Witi Ihimaera as Author. He was 59 (now 79) years old Writing
John Barnett as Producer. He was 200 (87) years old when He died Production
Leon Narbey as Director of Photography. He was 55 (now 75) years old Camera
David Coulson as Editor. Editing
Frank Hübner as Producer. He was 52 (now 72) years old Production
Lisa Gerrard as Original Music Composer. She was 42 (now 62) years old Sound
Tim Sanders as Producer. He was 21 (now 41) years old Production
Whale Rider poster
Whale Rider (20 years)

In the ways of the ancients she found a hope for the future.

  • Release day: Thursday, January 30, 2003
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Budget: 8000000.00
  • Revenue: 41400000.00