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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
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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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Tongan Ninja:He's your father?
Action Fighter:Yes, and what's more I am his son
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
B-grade plus, 25 June 2004
Author: nick-argall from Melbourne, Australia

Shot in English, and dubbed into English (because they couldn't afford location-based sound recording), Tongan Ninja sets out to be one of the worst films of all time and succeeds beautifully. Our one-dimensional hero is pitted against a variety of one-dimensional enemies, including Knife Man (who uses a knife), Gun Man (who uses a gun) and Action Fighter (who had the assistance of wire team from Lord of the Rings). It tells you something about a movie when the director's commentary features lines like "We were very lucky and had the use of the Lord of the Rings wire team for two weeks. But we had to ask them to make it look cheaper and messier, so it would match the rest of the movie." I'm a big fan of DVD special features. The 'making of' featurette features wonderful interviews with Peter Jackson and the director of Shrek, telling some very inventive lies about their admiration for this movie. The director's commentary is a wonderful insight into the labour of love that no-budget film-making can be, and the actor's commentary is a wonderful insight into actors who are deeply embarrassed to be in such a cheap movie. If you can enjoy bad action movies, this one is absolutely priceless.

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