Friday, February 17, 2017

Don Ho in A Hawaiian Christmas Carol: Review by William Mortensen Vaughan

TitleFrank De Lima's Hawaiian Christmas Carol
My Rating*

AdaptationStarring Don Ho 

Year of Production1982

Format:  DVD,
live-action comedy

Is this adaptation reverentNo, this adaptation is not reverent.  It includes a modified version of the song "Little Drummer Boy," about sucking a thumb.  It also includes a song, which includes the words, "Slant-eyed!  We are Oriental!" and suggests that it is better to be an Oriental with slanted eyes than an Arabian with a slanted nose.

What does my wife think of it
She finds it "odd."

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  This adaptation does not follow the original novel
.  It's about a Japanese man who works as a cook in a stingy, old, Chinese man's restaurant, Mr. Hu's Chop Suey.

What dialect is used?  English, with thick, perhaps effected, Oriental accents.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  Hawaii in the 1980's.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel?  No.

Is this adaptation supernatural? 
Is this adaptation "framed"

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included[See above.]

How attractive is the visual art?  The set, wardrobe, architecture, and art are poorly done.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?
  The transitions are adequate

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation?  The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, the unabashed racism.

What extras are included on the DVDNo extras are included on the DVD, except scene selection.

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