Rapa-Nui is a 1994 American historical action-adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds and coproduced by Kevin Costner, who starred in Reynolds's previous film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). The plot is based on Rapanui legends of Easter Island, Chile, in particular the race for the sooty tern's egg in the Birdman Cult.
The film can be considered a condensed history of the collapse of the Easter Island civilization. The struggle between the Long Ears and Short Ears is derived from the legend of the hanau epe (long ears), who are supposed to have been almost all killed by the hanau momoko (short ears), leaving a sole survivor, as in the film.
Interpretations of this story have been made, ranging from a class struggle, similar to that depicted in the film, to a clash between migrant people, with incomers fighting natives. There is no single accepted interpretation, and many scholars consider the story to be either pure myth, or such a garbled version of real events as to be ultimately indecipherable. It has been argued that the names mean \"stocky\" and \"slim\" peoples, not long- and short-eared ones.
The name Rapa Nui, commonly used, may not have been the original native name; that may have been Te Pito te Henua (\"the Navel of the World\"), a phrase used in the film, though there are other possibilities.
Rapa Nui is the only movie that has ever been filmed about the civilization that once populated Easter Island. It was filmed in 1994, directed by Kevin Reynolds, produced by Kevin Costner, and starred by Jason Scott Lee, Esai Morales and Sandrine Holt.
Ogu and Mampato in Rapa Nui (Spanish: Ogú y Mampato en Rapa Nui), also known as Mampato: The Movie (Spanish: Mampato: La Película) is a feature-length Chilean animated film, created by Cine Animadores and executive produced by Elastic Studios, released June 27, 2002. Although the film isn't the first animated feature made in Chile, being the second after Alfredo Serey's 1921 film La Trasmisión del Mando Presidencial (The Transmission of Presidential Control), it is considered the country's first \"modern\" animated film. The movie is based on the Chilean comics character Mampato created in 1971 for the magazine of the same name by Themo Lobos and Eduardo Armstrong, and later reprinted as the comic-book Cucalón, the story for the film being adapted from the seventh adventure in the series: \"Mata-ki-te-rangui\".
Directors note - Please don't expect a film with a conventional 'Western' narrative arc, this film seeks to connect the audience to an unspoken story of nature, carried in the cultural lineage of those who have lived for generations with their island homes, singing in the languages and played on the instruments shaped by that environment. Because I can't speak for these cultures and I wanted to find something beyond my understanding I also worked to keep my voice as the director out of the film, so I asked the musicians to choose what to contribute, where in nature to record and what to wear. This film is the result of that process.For me a cinema experience comes down to an hour or so spent watching projected images and sound, as long as you leave feeling respected by the filmmaker and culturally richer that's a valid cinema experience. You will find parts of it challenging, but any worthwhile journey covers some difficult terrain. Tim Cole. 153554b96e