3 friend's Eddie, Kingi and Matthew get together in Auckland New Zealand and decide to take a trip down the line to Wellington in an old Mark ll. Unbeknown to his mates Kingi is really ... See full summary »
A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other.
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »
tough, punchy story of life in a new zealand borstal
Part two in an unofficial trilogy, preceded by Kingi's Story (1982 - TVM) and followed by Mark II (1987 - TVM). This bunch of films are all characterised by attempts to portray real-life troubles of young, urbanised Maori. Kingpin chronicles various power struggles, among the teenage inmates of a boys borstal/reform school, as well as the various personal difficulties and their attempts to try and reform. This film is pretty obscure, but worth checking out if you can find it on video; the narrative is strong, and the climax tough and exciting. Plenty of great breakdancing scenes, too.
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