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The Dead Lands (2014)

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After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.

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Hongi
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The Warrior
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Wirepa
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Rangi
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Mehe
George Henare ...
Tane
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Grandmother
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Mana
Calvin Tuteao ...
Ka
Jamus Webster ...
Tahi
Bianca Hyslop ...
Pipi
Isabella Rakete ...
Keri
Matariki Whatarau ...
Tama
Wairangi Koopu ...
Raupatu
Jeff Ruha ...
Mere
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After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi, a Maori chieftain's teenage son, must avenge his father's murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, Hongi's only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior, a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years. Written by GFC

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tribe | maori | polynesian | See All (3) »

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Where the warrior spirit was born

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Rated R for brutal bloody violence | See all certifications »
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30 October 2014 (New Zealand)  »

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Savasçi  »

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$1,327 (USA) (17 April 2015)

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$4,426 (USA) (1 May 2015)
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Trivia

Director Toa Fraser's first name actually means "warrior" in Maori, though he is actually of Fijian descent. See more »

Goofs

In reference to the previous statement about an apparent car in the back of shot, the viewer must have been seeing things. What it is is a Kereru (our native wood pigeon) that briefly and with much motion blur flies past the Warrior like a spirit form. See more »

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5 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film delivers on the trailer's promise of an out of the box, skull crushing, action epic. It begins as a basic fable, but gains complexity as the story unfolds, all while hitting frequent action beats. The warrior's character in particular is more than a typical anti-hero, having far more of the "anti" than a Hollywood archetype.

I came for stylish brutality and badass fights, and this film delivers on both counts. As a martial arts film fan, I found the use of traditional Mauri weapons a fresh take on the genre. The choreography also holds up to a Hong Kong standard, but with a unique and brutal feel. All in all, it's a very memorable action epic. More than worth your time.


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