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Tongan Ninja (2002)

Sam Manu , Jemaine Clement , Jason Stutter  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Sam Manu, Jemaine Clement, Linda Tseng, Laura Hill, Raybon Kan
  • Directors: Jason Stutter
  • Writers: Jemaine Clement, Jason Stutter
  • Producers: Jason Stutter, Andrew Calder, Sue Rogers
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZX0JW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tongan Ninja" on IMDb

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Tongan Ninja is a 2002 full length kung-fu action-comedy directed by Jason Stutter and filmed in New Zealand. The film has received recent notoriety 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 few other popular films and the plot is taken from Way of the Dragon. It also features songs written by Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie - also from the Flight of the Conchords. 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a low budget masterpiece. August 28, 2004
Format:DVD
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!!!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Cult Classic March 1, 2005
Format:DVD
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So stupid it's brilliant! August 4, 2006
Format:DVD
I started watching this thinking it was just going to be another one of those stupid ninja movies I get bored with after 10 mins and switch off... however, I soon found it was a comedy, and one that was actualy making me laugh and keeping my interest all the way to the end in whats been the most suprising comedy I've seen for a while.

Togan Ninja kicks off in a small charter plane where a guy is taking his son and another kid for a fly around the place, the kid in the back is a bad egg and decides to cut up some wires in the plane which causes them to crash land on an island somewhere in the south pacific. The father is then eaten by piranas and dies and the two kids end up being taken in by a group who then teach them the art of ninja... then 20 years later or so Togan is asked to go to New Zealand to help someone who is having a problem with a ninja syndicate that want to take over her grandfather resteraunt.

This New Zealand comedy is great, its funny in the slapstick kind of way, it's zanel and corney but enjoyable. There is some classic comedy lines, memorable scenes and laughs and is a-ok for the entire family to enjoy. It's a shame it's not a well-known title, it's sure to have been a hit in the comedy rentals if it had've been promoted (better?)

Hearing New Zealand and Australian voices for ninjas is a crack up... in a ninja fight where 100 bad-guy ninjas are circling the good guy and being beaton off one by one, you have to crack up laughing hearing a ninja with an aussie accent say, "step aside ladies, let me have a crack at it"... if that sounds humours to you, you may well just like this comedy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what? April 15, 2009
Format:DVD
First let me start off by saying I am a rabid Jemaine Clement fan. I love Flight of the Conchords, and it was a youtube link that directed my attention to this movie. After laughing at the humorous plot synopsis on the back of the case and reading the amazon reviews, I couldn't wait to pop this into my dvd player. The intro song was a little catchy and silly with that trademark Jemaine type of humor, so I thought I was in for a treat. Boy was I wrong. This movie has maybe two parts that I might have chuckled at. The fact that so many of the reviews on this site are so positive is completely astounding to me. Its not even an interesting movie. I wanted to stop watching the movie 15 minutes into it, but I kept going in the hopes that things would get better. Not the case. The movie is littered with songs that make me feel like a complete dullard for even watching them. They aren't funny at all, and the fact that Bret McKenzie co-wrote them makes it even harder for me to believe. The characters aren't likable, and the movie just drags on. The whole 'martial arts B-movie' shtick wears off long before the ending credits roll. I really can't figure out what type of film fan I can recommend this to. If you want a silly/b-movie/musical with shoddy production values, check out Cannibal the Musical. Sorry Conchords.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for B Movie Lovers
If you love B Movies, and especially if you are, or have friends who are PI's (Polynesian Islanders), you'll love this movie.
Published 7 months ago by deluxxe
5.0 out of 5 stars Made on a shoestring budget? You don't say!
This NZ action-packed comedy gem is a keeper for sure. What's even sweeter is that I seized it at a bargain basement price. Read more
Published on April 16, 2010 by apilgrim
5.0 out of 5 stars c-grade movie
c grade movie but still good.
the funiest part was the first 5 minutes of the movie.
and u only wanna watch the rest because the start was that funny, but its the only... Read more
Published on September 6, 2009 by NICHOLAS OCKENDEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but don't expect much
Since they tell you themselves that they made this movie on their spare time on the weekend and the whole movie being dubbed, I didn't expect much. Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by Dersu Uzala
4.0 out of 5 stars Tongan Ninja, eh?
A pretty funny movie.
Their English on English over-dubbing is hilarious. Some of the filming is home-movie quality and must be dealt with, but the movie overall contains a... Read more
Published on April 7, 2009 by Jared T. Kaelber
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutley Terrible
After watching Flight of the Conchords, I thought I would give this a try. Jemaine Clement was painful to watch in this... maybe one funny scene in the entire movie. Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by J. Lin
4.0 out of 5 stars Tongan Ninja
A bit disappointing that Jemaine is not in this movie as much as we had hoped, but overall its pretty entertaining especially if you can allow yourself to take it for what it is- a... Read more
Published on June 16, 2008 by Heather
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Mockery
This movie is hilarious if you enjoy stupid humor. A great mockery of martial arts films and old school dubbed Asian imports. Read more
Published on May 27, 2008 by Daniel B. Whitaker
4.0 out of 5 stars "You fight like a baby. A DEAD baby."
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. Read more
Published on April 12, 2008 by spitgrrl
4.0 out of 5 stars The best part was...
I enjoyed this martial arts spoof film, but the best part was the "Making of Tongan Ninja" featurette in the special features. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Kelly M. Palmer
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