Saturday, 19 March 2011

Utu (1984)

Scott mentioned this movie...Ive never seen it but it looks good...another clip here

It's the 1870s; Te Wheke, a charismatic Māori leader is fed up by brutal land grabs. He takes up arms and leads a bloody rebellion against the colonial NZ Government. In the process, he provokes everyone affected by his actions - threatened frontiersmen, disgruntled natives, lusty wahine, bible-bashing priests, and kupapa amongst them - to consider the nature and meaning of 'utu' (retribution). Geoff Murphy's ambitious, energetic film takes the shotgun approach in its attempt to be the great New Zealand (colonial) epic.

NY Times review

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