In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty. The warrior Te Wheke fights for the British until betrayal ... See full summary »
Local goon, Gerry, hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license. John's wife has just left him and moved to Invercargill. He is devastated and needs to talk to her. He has no ... See full summary »
This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife, Beth (Rena Owen), who have separated, largely due to ... See full summary »
Drug addict Jesse think he's found the answer to all his problems in the form of a breifcase full of money. However, the money isn't his and stealing it from right under the nose of a ... See full summary »
An archaeologist smuggles a valuable ancient jewel into the US. He is soon murdered by people looking for the jewel, but he had hidden it. The killers, believe that his widow knows where the artifact is hidden, go after her.
The CIA hears of a KGB scheme to assassinate the Soviet General Secretary and enlists Stoner, an agent retired for 10 years, to go to Russia to investigate. He verifies the plot, but then ... See full summary »
Director Geoff Murphy clearly had an enjoyable time making this, putting James Bond type action into New Zealand's South Island West Coast, a marvellous, sparcely populated rain forest terrain, but has it all starting in New Zealand's biggest city as a contrast. Although the action is serious, the male and female lead characters (both played by rather sexy actors) have a mysterious enemy out to get them resulting in plenty of action and spills, there is also plenty of subtle humour along the way - my favourite scene is when commando types in a black helicopter appear, firing bullets into the lead characters' hideout while "Ghost Riders in the Sky" plays on their stereo. Many reviewers at the time of this film's release saw it as a kind of sequel in spirit to "Goodbye Pork Pie" made by Murphy 10 years earlier. This are very few New Zealand films available on home video/DVD release which is a real shame. For those interested in a good reference book, I recommend "Celluloid Dreams", available from Amazon.com
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