Most Popular Maori-Language Feature Films
The Dead Lands
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Dir: Toa Fraser With: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka Action 107 mins.
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Dir: Clint Eastwood With: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge Biography | Drama | History | Sport 134 mins.
A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. Dir: Jane Campion With: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill Drama | Music | Romance 121 mins.
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. Dir: Niki Caro With: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton Drama | Family 101 mins.
Once Were Warriors
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. Dir: Lee Tamahori With: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell Crime | Drama 102 mins.
Set on the east coast of New Zealand in the year 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old kid and devout Michael Jackson fan gets a chance to know his father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. Dir: Taika Waititi With: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore Comedy | Drama 87 mins.
It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman... Dir: Rolf de Heer With: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau Drama | History | Western 90 mins.
An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand. Dir: Vincent Ward With: Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, Cliff Curtis Action | Adventure | Drama 114 mins.
A medicine woman - a giver of life - is asked to hide a secret which may protect one life but which will destroy another. Dir: Dana Rotberg With: Whirimako Black, Rachel House, Antonia Prebble Drama
From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960's. Dir: Lee Tamahori Action | Drama | Western