Tongan Ninja

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Tongan Ninja - 2002


Midnight Film Productions - 82 min.
DVD UPC # 013131243994; 5014138298272

Cast: Sam Manu, Jemaine Clement, Linda Tseng, Raybon Kan, David Fane, Victor Rodger. Screenplay: Jason Stutter, Jemaine Clement; Director of Photography: Sean O'Donnell, Jason Stutter; Music: Plan 9; Editing: Jonno Woodford-Robinson, Jason Stutter; Visual Effects Supervisor: Weta Digital, Nick Booth; Producer: Andrew Calder, Jason Stutter; Director: Jason Stutter.

As a boy, Sione (Manu) was trained on a remote Pacific island in the ancient art of Ninjitsu. As an adult he travels to New Zealand to find his way in the modern world, but when "The Syndicate" threatens his friends, the owners of a restaurant, he finds that he must battle "Knife Man", "Gun Man" and "Henchman" and his childhood enemy Marvin (Clement) to save the woman he loves. This first NZ "chop-socky" comedy includes many inside jokes and even intentional bad dubbing. All shooting in Wellington area. Worth a view, but be in sophomoric mode.

Censor Rating: PG - Review rating: B-

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The 1.85 widescreen, is in dolby 2.0 surround English. The DVD also includes extras of a directors commentary and a separate commentary with Jemain Clement, Jonathan Woodford-Robinson and Actors David Fane and Raybon Kan; 'The Official Making Of Tongan Ninja,' which includes an interview with Peter Jackson, is done with much "tongue-in-cheek." Deleted scenes, trailers and TV spots are also included. R1 DVDs are available from various North American sources for about $10us. R4 DVDs are available for about $20nz. It is available in the UK for about 5# in R2 DVD.

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