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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 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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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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Action Fighter: Welcome to my patio of death!
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Connections

Featured in The Official Making of 'Tongan Ninja' (2004) 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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"He was killed... by a fish!"
20 September 2005 | by toxiemiteSee all my reviews

I read a review of this film which compared it to Bruce Lee's Way of the Dragon. What really astounded me about this review was that it's author actually took this movie seriously, as if it were striving for acceptance as a martial arts film.

Why is this world full of people who take things too literally and lack a sense of humour? Tongan Ninja is an hysterical little (dare I say) home-made indy picture with the sole purpose of generating a laugh or two. I don't think there was a 20 second gap in which i wasn't laughing.

To get the most out of this film, do as I did and gather a lot of friends together and watch it in numbers.... unless you are one of the mentioned people I spoke of before who don't have a sense of humour and take everything in life literally (you are the people who will die prematurely). I guarantee you will cack yourself stupid! If you're a fan of Kung-Pow... see Tongan Ninja. If anything, watch it for the opening credit sequence. Pure Gold!


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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:

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