UK label Second Sight has given details of its upcoming Blu-ray release of Lee Tamahori’s award-winning film Once Were Warriors (1994), starring Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga, and Taungaroa Emile. The release will be available on February 19.
Synopsis: Lee Tamahori’s highly acclaimed film is a powerful, unflinching depiction of domestic and gang violence within New Zealand’s urban Maori community.
Jake Heke lives with his family in a tenement house for native Maori in the slums of Auckland. Despite his professions of love, Jake’s anger and alcoholism results in terrifying erratic outbursts at his children and violent beatings of his wife, Beth. After Jake loses his job, each member of the Heke family is forced to face their own demons and the societal constraints that shackle native New Zealanders.
- Once Were Warriors – Where Are They Now – NEW documentary looking back at the film’s production and impact as well as re-uniting the cast 20 years later. (52 min).