Watch: Full Trailer for Badass Maori Action Movie 'The Dead Lands'
by Alex Billington
September 18, 2014
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."
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.
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.