Tongan Ninja

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Tongan Ninja
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Directed byJason Stutter
Produced byAndrew Calder & Jason Stutter
Written by Jemaine Clement and Jason Stutter
Starring Sam Manu
Jemaine Clement
Lisa Tseng
Raybon Kan
David Fane
Victor Rodger
Music by Plan 9
Jemaine Clement
Bret McKenzie
Production
companies
Distributed byAnchor Bay Entertainment (US)
High Fliers Distribution (UK)
Magna Pacific (AUS & NZ)
Showtime Australia (Australia)
Wild Pictures and Wild Side Vidéo (France)
Release date
  • 2 November 2002 (2002-11-02)(North America)
  • 18 January 2006 (2006-01-18)(France)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryNew Zealand
LanguageEnglish
BudgetNZ$80,000

Tongan Ninja is a 2002 kung-fu action-comedy film directed by Jason Stutter and filmed in New Zealand. The film garnered notoriety at the time for co-starring and being co-written by Jemaine Clement, star of the HBO comedy Flight of the Conchords . The movie is a parody of English-dubbed martial arts films, with a plot heavily based on Way of the Dragon . It also features songs written by Jemaine Clement and Flight of the Conchords co-star Bret McKenzie.

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Plot

A young child is stranded in Tonga when his plane crashes and his father is eaten by piranhas. There, he trains in a dojo until he earns the name Tongan Ninja. The Tongan Ninja is dispatched to the island nation of New Zealand in order to help the 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 Action Fighter to keep the restaurant closed and the employees in fear. The Tongan Ninja must travel to Mr. Big's ninja headquarters at the So-Called-Syndicate to put a stop to his criminal empire once and for all.

Cast

DVD

The special features section includes a "making of" segment including director's commentary, and cameos by famous New Zealand directors Peter Jackson and Andrew Adamson.

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