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Tongan Ninja (2002)

The Tongan Ninja is sent by his master to the island of New Zealand to help a floundering Chinese restaurant, but the mysterious Mister Big sends numerous villains to prevent the eatery's success.

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Credited cast:
Sam Manu Sam Manu ... Tongan Ninja (Sione Finau)
Jemaine Clement ... Action Fighter (Marvin)
Linda Tseng Linda Tseng ... Miss Lee
Laura Hill Laura Hill ... Miss Lee (voice)
Raybon Kan ... Asian Sidekick
David Fane ... Herman the Henchman
Victor Rodger Victor Rodger ... Mr. Big
Peter Daube Peter Daube ... Chef Guy
Jed Brophy ... Bank Manager)
Sean Allan Sean Allan ... Knife Man
Aaron Cubis Aaron Cubis ... Gun Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grant Clifford Grant Clifford ... Graham the Henchman
Charles Lum Charles Lum ... Master Magasaki / Uncle Lee
Charley Murphy Samau Charley Murphy Samau ... Tongan Ninja Child
Brett Ormsby Brett Ormsby ... Chang the Waiter
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Storyline

A young child is stranded in Tonga when his plane crashes and his father is eaten by a fish. He trains in a dojo till he becomes the Tongan Ninja. The Tongan Ninja is dispatched to the island nation of New Zealand in order to help a brother of his master with his floundering Chinese restaurant. But the mysterious Mister Big stands in the eatery's way as he sends numerous villains such as Knife Man, Gun Man, and the super-sexy Action Fighter who may know a lot about the hero.

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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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New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tongan Ninja - La fureur des îles See more »

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Dolby Digital EX

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Majority of the plot is inspired from the film The Way of the Dragon (1972). See more »

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Action Fighter: And then there was this other guy... I gouged out his eyes, swapped them around, and then replaced them... as a joke!
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Spoofs The Way of the Dragon (1972) See more »

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How Deep Is Your Love
by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Published by Gibb Brothers Music
Used With The Permission Of BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty. Limited
Sung by Luma Patea
With Backing Vocals by Samuel Samuel, Richard Samuel, Phill Darkins
Music Arranged, Recorded & Produced by Bruno Barrett-Garnier
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Crazily awesome
17 May 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

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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