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The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands
  • 2014
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Toa Fraser
  • Written by: Glenn Standring
  • Cast: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makaore, Rena Owen
  • UK release: 29 May 2015

Set in New Zealand's distant past and performed entirely in Maori, the tale of Hongi (Rolleston), a young warrior who seeks vengeance against another tribe for the death of his father. Despite its commitment to its exotic setting it's oddly characterless and undistinguished.

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The Dead Lands

25 May 20153 stars

Warring tribes are the focus of this entertaining Kiwi actioner from Toa Fraser

Fijian-British director Toa Fraser made 2008's Dean Spanley, a sweetly surreal, stiff-upper-lipped story of Edwardian Englishmen and resurrected dogs. It was a niche proposition, sure, but an oddly beautiful one all the same. After ballet drama Giselle…

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