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Tongan Ninja
Tongan Ninja
Actors: Sam Manu, Jemaine Clement, Linda Tseng, Raybon Kan, David Fane
Director: Jason Stutter
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
UR     2004     1hr 23min


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Actors: Sam Manu, Jemaine Clement, Linda Tseng, Raybon Kan, David Fane
Director: Jason Stutter
Creators: Jemaine Clement, Jason Stutter, Sean O'Donnell, Andrew Calder, Sue Rogers
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Romantic Comedies, Musicals
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/26/2004
Original Release Date: 11/08/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 11/08/2002
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 23min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A New Cult Classic
Ida Wirick | Washington, DC | 03/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was blown away by this low-budget, high quality film. While the cast and crew eschew a self-deprecating humor in reference to their own work (don't forget to see the "interviews" after the movie), the viewer's experience is one of appreciation and awe.
The movie does to the martial arts genre what "Airplane" did to mainstream Hollywood films, only better. The plot is a perfect vehicle for the physical humor, and subtly hilarious script of brilliant writers and cast members.
With satirical nods to the great cinema of the 20th century, Stutter keeps the viewer belly laughing while trying not to miss the next joke.
Also, Sam Manu is my hero."
Truly a low budget masterpiece.
Gerard D. Elmore | 08/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I too saw this little gem at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 02 and have been waiting for this DVD ever since. A big audience favorite. I remember watching this movie with absolutely no idea what it was about. As soon as the first actor starting talking, I knew this one was special. I laughed throughout the whole thing. I have never honestly laughed that hard ever. Me and my friend kept hitting each other trying to stop each other from laughing.

Obivously making the best of every buck this sucker never lets up. Everything is done so spot on professionally that you overlook the low budget nature. There isn't much of story but it's so way over the top, witty, colorful, and creative that you can't but help smile at the chaos being thrown up on the screen...Truly a low budget work of art.

Total motivation for aspiring filmmakers who don't have money to spend but have big ideas for movies. This is how it's done.

A definte must see!!!!

Off-the-wall Kiwi humor deliciously skewers B-grade Martial
V. Homewood | San Francisco, CA | 10/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is totally tongue-in-cheek and over the top funny. If you've ever watched a B-grade Martial Arts movie, plus any of a number of blockbusters over the past few decades, you'll get a kick out of it. As a Kiwi living in the US, I appreciated the sly digs at NZ culture on top of all that. Take nothing seriously in this movie and you will be laughing the whole time. The good news is that now this is out on DVD, the rental shops are carrying it. However it is so good, you will want to own it, to share with friends and families. Enjoy!"
"You fight like a baby. A DEAD baby."
spitgrrl | libraryland, indiana | 04/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"OK, I am admittedly an unabashed Jemaine Clement fan and think that Flight of the Conchords is one of the best comedy shows on TV right now. But in all honesty, I really didn't have high expectations for this film at the beginning. I thought it was likely to be a low-budget, testosterone-drenched, comedic tribute/spoof of Kung Fu movies. And...well...yes, that's exactly what it turned out to be. But to my surprise, it also turned out to be an amazingly entertaining film and one that had me in stitches at several points. And it's OK if you're like me and aren't really that familiar with all the ninja stuff that's being alluded to throughout the plot. All you need to appreciate this film is a sense of humor and an appreciation of the absurd."