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The Tattooist -- A young artist (Behr) unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn tatau, the Samoan tradition of tattooing.

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Release Date:
29 November 2007 (Singapore) See more »
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Evil in ink.
Plot:
A young artist unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn tatau, the Samoan tradition of tattooing. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Weird Horror Movie See more (23 total) »

Cast

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Jason Behr ... Jake Sawyer
Mia Blake ... Sina
David Fane ... Mr. Va'a

Robbie Magasiva ... Alipati
Ian Vincent ... The Tattooist / Lemi
Caroline Cheong ... Victoria
Nathaniel Lees ... Mr. Perenese

Michael Hurst ... Crash

John Bach ... 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
Allison Strickett ... Second Nurse
Pip Hall ... Third Nurse
Dean Sacred ... Canine
Chen Bangzhi ... Luke (as Bang Zhi Chen)
Seiloga Sita ... Perenese Daughter
Misa Tupou ... Perenese son-in-law
Gerald Chew ... Mr. Lim
Aleni Tufuga ... Peni (as Aleni Tufunga)
Stuart Devenie ... Senior Doctor
Justine Semei-Barton ... Mrs. Perenese
Isabella Galluzzo ... Chanel
Matthew Ridge ... Graham
Timothy Balme ... Jake's Father (as Tim Balme)
Jarred Blakiston ... Young Jake Sawyer
Helene Wong ... Aunt Suzy
Trevor Sai Louie ... Uncle Ken (as Trevor Sai-Louie)
Pete Smith ... Taxi Driver 1
Vela Manusaute ... Taxi Driver 2
Tovey Lemusa ... Semo
Peni Tuala ... Opeta
Sijie Chan ... Mr. Lim's Son

Yu Beng Lim ... Mr. Lim's Lawyer

Andy Wong ... Expo Customer
Roy Levy ... Church Minister (as Reverend Roy Levy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mema Maeli ... Herself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Burger 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matthew Grainger 
Jonathan King 

Produced by
Pui Yin Chan .... co-producer
Julie Christie .... producer
Paul Davis .... executive producer
James Dean .... producer
Ng San San .... co-producer
Robin Scholes .... producer
Daniel Yun .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Scholes 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Narbey 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Maxwell 
 
Casting by
Christina Asher 
 
Production Design by
Gary Mackay 
 
Costume Design by
Gavin McLean 
 
Makeup Department
Mike Mekash .... special makeup effects artist
Claire Rutledge .... key makeup artist
Deb Watson .... makeup designer
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fiona MacMillan .... second assistant director
Liz Tan .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Chris Halligan .... construction manager
Troy Hannett .... head scenic
Wade Hannett .... scenic artist
Clara Lill .... property master
Donna Pearman .... art department coordinator
 
Sound Department
Stefan Brough .... sound effects editor
Chris Burt .... sound designer
Gethin Creagh .... sound re-recording mixer
Francis Linehan .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Brett Beacham .... prosthetic makeup artist
Dan Perry .... prosthetics makeup
 
Visual Effects by
Maile Daugherty .... visual effects producer
Ray Jay .... visual effects
Andrew McCully .... digital effects artist
Peter McCully .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Glen Levy .... stunt double
Steve McQuillan .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Cunningham .... first assistant camera
Kevin Donovan .... key grip
Stephen Joyce .... generator operator
Dale McCready .... camera operator
Dale McCready .... director of photography: second unit
Grant McKinnon .... gaffer
Todd Nevill .... grip
Jim Rowe .... best boy grip
Philip A.T. Smith .... clapper loader
Manning Tillman .... camera operator: underwater unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Saascha Wiki Kessell .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deb Brown .... costume supervisor
Adele Hing .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Clare Burlinson .... digital intermediate colorist
David Hollingsworth .... telecine operator
Damian McDonnell .... assistant editor
Shanon Moratti .... digital intermediate artist
Adam Scott .... digital intermediate supervisor
Matthew Wear .... telecine operator
 
Other crew
Alex Cole-Baker .... production accountant
Veronique Lawrence .... script supervisor
Sue May .... unit publicist
Damian Molloy .... safety supervisor/medic
David Pollison .... acquisition consultant for Ghost House Underground
Andy Wickens .... lab liaison
 

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality
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92 min
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Weird Horror Movie, 10 August 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The American tattooist Jake Sawyer (Jason Behr) travels around the world researching tattoos and tattooing clients. While in Singapore, he steals a tool that belongs to the Samoan family of his acquaintance Sina (Mia Blake); however he has a problem with a client that expected that his tattoo could heal his sick son and Jake accidentally cuts his palm with the tool. Jake returns to New Zealand where he meets Sina again and has a cold reception from her family that knows that he has stolen their tool. They visit a Samoan family that has been living in shame since their missing son did not finish a traditional ritual with the tattoos. Sooner Jake finds that his recent clients are chased by a fiend that is somehow connected to the Samoan tool, and he discloses a dark secret in the Samoan community.

"The Tattooist" is a weird horror movie for those like me that are not used to the Samoan rituals and traditions, more specifically to the Traditional Samoan tattooing of the pe'a, body tattoo. I have found many articles about this subject in Google (for example, http://www.samoa.co.uk/tattoos.html) that helped me to understand the plot. Therefore, in my opinion, this movie fails for not providing a better clarification of the Samoan tattoo history. If the viewer clearly understands this matter, the horror makes sense and "The Tattooist" is an original movie of this genre. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Tatuador" ("The Tattoist")

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