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8 November 2002 (USA) See more »
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A film that will touch your heart... after it's finished with your teeth, ribs, spleen and kneecaps. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Sam Manu ... Tongan Ninja (Sione Finau)

Jemaine Clement ... Action Fighter (Marvin)
Linda Tseng ... Miss Lee
Laura Hill ... Miss Lee (voice)

Raybon Kan ... Asian Sidekick
David Fane ... Herman the Henchman
Victor Rodger ... Mr. Big
Peter Daube ... Chef Guy

Jed Brophy ... Bank Manager)
Sean Allan ... Knife Man
Aaron Cubis ... Gun Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grant Clifford ... Graham the Henchman
Charles Lum ... Master Magasaki / Uncle Lee
Charley Murphy Samau ... Tongan Ninja Child
Brett Ormsby ... Chang the Waiter
Marty Pine ... Wong
Hoani Siueva ... Hemi the Henchman
Tana Umaga ... Famous Rugby Player

Taika Waititi ... Graham (voice) (as Taika Cohen)
Mia Jewett ... Ryukyu Kempo Karate Club (uncredited)
Philippa Race ... Ninja Chick (uncredited)

Directed by
Jason Stutter 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jemaine Clement 
Jason Stutter 

Produced by
Andrew Calder .... producer (as Andrew Calder)
Sue Rogers .... executive producer
Jason Stutter .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Donaldson 
Plan 9 
Steve Roche 
 
Cinematography by
Sean O'Donnell 
Jason Stutter 
 
Film Editing by
Jason Stutter 
Jonathan Woodford-Robinson 
 
Sound Department
Matt Stutter .... sound designer
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Stevens .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor: Weta Digital
Rieko Kanazawa .... digital artist
Mohan Ramachandran .... film recording technician
Sheldon Whittaker .... 3D animator
 
Stunts
Rod Fransham .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cairns .... assistant camera
Chris Coad .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Adam Dransfield .... technical director
Bret McKenzie .... kitchen choreographer
Vanessa Redmond .... post production accountant
 

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83 min
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Australia:M (cable rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | UK:12
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Action Fighter:Your father was eaten by a fish!See more »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Crazily awesome, 17 May 2005
Author: AwesomeWolf from Australia

I know I use the word 'awesome' a lot, I just happen to watch a lot of crazy awesome movies. I can't help it. I don't actively seek them out, they just find a way of ending up on my TV or in my DVD player. Anyway, where was I? 'Awesome'. I use the word 'awesome' frequently, and I'll admit that I'm not even using it correctly in more than a few cases. However, 'awesome' is my way of indicating a given movie's coolness level, and such a little word is so much more descriptive than a silly rating system involving numbers and stars. For example, I believe I rated 'Wild Zero' as 10 stars, 'Versus' as 9 stars, and 'Battlefield Baseball' as 8 stars, but I do believe I said each one is awesome. Numbers are so inaccurate, and can't describe such movies. 'Awesome' is so much more descriptive.

Now you may be asking "But how does all this relate to 'Tongan Ninja'?". Well, you see Billy, any number I give to 'Tongan Ninja' would be grossly unfair, as it would not be taking both the awesomeness of 'Tongan Ninja' and its value as a movie into account (see my review of 'Killer Meteors'. However, if I were to simply say 'Tongan Ninja' is crazily awesome, that would say so much more: it would say that anyone easily amused will enjoy it, and then people of any class and refinement should avoid it entirely.

'Tongan Ninja' is crazily awesome.

Sione (Sam Manu) is the Tongan Ninja. As a child, he survived a plane crash caused by Marvin (Jemaine Clement), who has since grown up to be an evil ninja and Sione's rival. Marvin makes it a point to frequently remind Sione that Sione's father survived, only to be eaten by a fish. The adult Sione is sent to New Zealand by their ninja mentor, Master Magasaki, to protect a restaurant in true 'Way of the Dragon' style. But the evil ninja Marvin is not far behind...

In all its crazy awesomeness, 'Tongan Ninja' is a spoof on old kung-fu movies. Hell, the plot is taken from Bruce Lee's 'Way of the Dragon', just with some extra creative license. Its a funny movie, messing around with the stereotypical plot elements (dead fathers, "I am your father", the greatest fighter of whatever style), bad dubbing, and making most of the very limited budget they had instead of trying to hide from being cheap. The fight scenes serve to amuse as comedy, not as true fight scenes, and the action goes way over the top but manages to stay funny throughout the movie.

Cheap and wacky, 'Tongan Ninja' isn't obviously going to appeal to everyone. However, anyone who likes their movies cheap and wacky (not to mention crazily awesome) will enjoy this.

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