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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