Watch: Full Trailer for Badass Maori Action Movie 'The Dead Lands'

September 18, 2014

The Dead Lands Trailer

Journey to the place where the warrior spirit was born. Feast your eyes on this awesome trailer. XYZ Films has finally unleashed a trailer for Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands, a badass Maori action flick from New Zealand about the Maori warriors. The film just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where I first saw it, and it's damn good - packed with action, it moves fast, all in Maori about Maori. This first trailer gives us a look at the cast including James Rolleston as the boy, Hongi, along with Lawrence Makoare as The Warrior, also featuring Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan and Raukura Turei. They make this look so awesome, there's no way you won't want to see this. Take a look. "If I do not return… tell stories about me."

Here's the first official trailer for Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands, on YouTube (via The Film Stage):

From the TIFF 2014 guide: "Set in pre-colonial New Zealand — or, as it was known to its inhabitants, "Te Ao Maori" (the Maori World) — The Dead Lands is a dazzling action epic that has the distinction of being the first film ever to feature Mau rakau, the traditional (and terrifying) Maori martial art of armed combat. More than just an action film, it is also firmly grounded in the tribal culture of the time, particularly the concept of mana (meaning honour, respect, power, and prestige) and the intricate protocols associated with it." The Dead Lands is is directed by Toa Fraser, from a screenplay written by Glenn Standring. The film just premiered at TIFF, and is being released by XYZ Films, same guys behind The Raid 1 & 2 and Tokyo Tribe.

The Dead Lands

Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands premiered at TIFF and will also play at the London Film Festival. The film hits theaters in Australia/New Zealand in October, but no US release date is set yet. Expect it sometime in 2015.

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  • Brian Sleider
  • Looks a wee bit cheap. Maori's do like a swedge though.
  • Rock n Rollllll know what i havent had in awhile?.......Big League Chew.
    • JBrotsis
      My buddy and I say that all the time haha
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Nice! Usually throw it out there when i lose interest in a trailer almost immediately after hitting play.
        • JBrotsis
          Agreed. And very few people know the source of that joke. Or at least can't recall where they heard it.
          • ColtNoir
            Family Guy, no? "very few people" watch Family Guy?
          • JBrotsis
            Very few people who watch Family Guy can recall all the jokes made on the show
          • ColtNoir
            if you say so
  • shiboleth
    bloody things, for sure...
  • Aaron
    wow..i am on board
  • JBrotsis
    Reminds me of Apacolypto...meaning I'm seein' this!
  • Justin R
    Is it just me, or does one of the warriors look like Keegan-Michael Key from the 'Key and Peele Show'?
    Looks like a fun B-movie. I want to see a lot of Hakka.
  • bumboclot
    Good movie. Lots of action. Lots of Maori philosophy - which mostly involves kicking ass to please your ancestors. No big budget special effects but the LOTR landscape is enough eye candy anyway.
  • Jamie Holmes
    I go for that.




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