Owing something to Fred Schepisi’s Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), this is a powerful period drama which plays like a New Zealand Western film.
A Maori serving with the colonial British Army finds his family massacred by some of its rogue elements and vows “utu”, Maori for “retribution”.
He then raises a rebel army and goes in for a spot of payback.
Action-packed yet poignant, the film was made by Geoff Murphy, director of the equally excellent Kiwi film The Quiet Earth (1985), and of efficient Hollywood sequels Under Siege 2 and Young Guns 2.
One of the best ever to come over from “Down Under”.
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