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The Tattooist (2007)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  29 November 2007 (Singapore)
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A young artist unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn tatau, the Samoan tradition of tattooing.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jake Sawyer
Mia Blake ...
Sina
David Fane ...
Mr. Va'a
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Alipati
Ian Vincent ...
The Tattooist / Lemi
Caroline Cheong ...
Victoria
Nathaniel Lees ...
Mr. Perenese
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Crash
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Lazlo McFadden
Matailiili Denzel Tuimauga ...
Osone
Glen Jackson ...
Cousin #1
Edmund Paongo ...
Cousin #2
Fasitua Amosa ...
Dr. Lima
Lauren A Jackson ...
Triage Nurse (as Lauren Jackson)
Alison Bruce ...
Charge Nurse
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American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer wanders the world, exploring and exploiting ethnic themes in his tattoo designs. At a tattoo expo in Singapore, he gets his first glimpse at the exotic world of traditional Samoan tattoo (tatau), and, in a thoughtless act, unwittingly unleashes a powerful angry spirit. In his devastating journey into Pacific mysticism, Jake must find a way to save his new love, Sina and recover his own soul. Written by Anonymous

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Evil in ink.

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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29 November 2007 (Singapore)  »

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El tatuador  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Dr. Lima: You have to come with me
Jake Sawyer: There's no fucking time
Dr. Lima: For what?
Jake Sawyer: You know anything about tatuing?
Dr. Lima: It took my brother six weeks for his to get better... nearly killed him!
Jake Sawyer: There's a spirit doing this... I start the tattoo... he finishes it. There is another girl... you have to let me go... i'll deal with it you and i know this is something doctors can't cure
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Outstanding, particularly for fans of Polynesia
31 July 2009 | by (DC) – See all my reviews

This was an interesting movie. An American tattoo artist finds himself a bit too intrigued by the Somoan art of tattooing, and along the way finds himself, and his tattooed customers, the grim focus of a spiteful spirit, all stemming from his ill-advised "borrowing" of a tainted Samoan tattoo tool. I highly enjoyed this movie, but must caveat that I'm completely enthralled by all things Polynesia, so I am probably very forgiving of any negative elements of the movie. Polynesia notwithstanding, the story was creative, and certainly a break from normal American horror fare. Good (enough) acting, strong production values and interesting scenery make this a highly recommended film.


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