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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.

Director:

Jason Stutter

Writers:

Jason Stutter (screenplay), Jemaine Clement (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Charles Lum Charles Lum ... Master Magasaki / Uncle Lee
Hoani Siueva Hoani Siueva ... Hemi the Henchman
Grant Clifford Grant Clifford ... Graham the Henchman
Taika Waititi ... Graham (voice) (as Taika Cohen)
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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tongan Ninja - La fureur des îles See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Tongan Ninja's master is indeed correct in saying that the meaning of the Chinese characters written on the Tongan Ninja's bandana is not "Good luck while flying". But the characters doesn't actually corresponds to the actual Chinese translation of the word "Fighting Spirit" but rather just the literal translation of the words "fight" and "spirit". See more »

Quotes

Action Fighter: So, you are the infamous Gun Man
Gun Man: That's right
Action Fighter: I hear your good with guns
Gun Man: I'm not just good; I'm the best
Action Fighter: I heard you were good. I once knew a man who was good with children. They called him; Children Man. Know him?
Gun Man: I kneecapped him and then I killed him
Action Fighter: Nice
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Connections

Spoofs The Way of the Dragon (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

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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B-grade plus
25 June 2004 | by nick-argallSee all my reviews

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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