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.
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
Brian Sleider on Sep 18, 2014
Looks a wee bit cheap. Maori's do like a swedge though.
Carpola on Sep 18, 2014
...............................you know what i havent had in awhile?.......Big League Chew.
Rock n Rollllll on Sep 18, 2014
My buddy and I say that all the time haha
JBrotsis on Sep 18, 2014
Nice! Usually throw it out there when i lose interest in a trailer almost immediately after hitting play.
Rock n Rollllll on Sep 19, 2014
Agreed. And very few people know the source of that joke. Or at least can't recall where they heard it.
JBrotsis on Oct 2, 2014
Family Guy, no? "very few people" watch Family Guy?
ColtNoir on Oct 7, 2014
Very few people who watch Family Guy can recall all the jokes made on the show
JBrotsis on Oct 9, 2014
if you say so
ColtNoir on Oct 9, 2014
bloody things, for sure...
shiboleth on Sep 18, 2014
wow..i am on board
Aaron on Sep 18, 2014
Reminds me of Apacolypto...meaning I'm seein' this!
JBrotsis on Sep 18, 2014
Is it just me, or does one of the warriors look like Keegan-Michael Key from the 'Key and Peele Show'?
Justin R on Sep 18, 2014
Looks like a fun B-movie. I want to see a lot of Hakka.
DAVIDPD on Sep 18, 2014
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.
bumboclot on Sep 18, 2014
I go for that.
Jamie Holmes on Sep 19, 2014
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