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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.


Jason Stutter


Jason Stutter (screenplay), Jemaine Clement (screenplay)




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)


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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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 »


[the badguys are trying to escape the Tongan Ninja in a car chase]
Asian Sidekick: Somehow he knows where we are going
Ninja: Should I stop indicating?
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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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So bad it's good!
15 November 2004 | by mighty_pickmanSee all my reviews

I accidentally stumbled across this film while pay-TV channel surfing & I was left in stitches of this high farce. This film really does fall into the category of "it's so bad it's good".

The great thing about Tongan Ninja is that it doesn't take itself seriously, it knows that it is cheap, silly & instead of trying hide from this cheapness, it revels in it.

Dodgy stunts, bad & unnecessary dubbing, bad guys giving a runny commentary of themselves being beaten up by Tongan Ninja, a love story and a fearsome looking All Blacks rugby star, Tongan Ninja has it all! Catch it if you get the chance & leave your brains at the door.

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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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Dolby Digital EX


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