Directed by Geoff Murphy ∙ New Zealand ∙ 1993
While Geoff Murphy's groundbreaking feature film UTU debuted in 1983 on the international stage as the first epic from New Zealand, the director was never happy with the version that was tailored to international audiences. Murphy's restored and recut version, known as UTU REDUX, makes available the original vision of this classic film, taking an unflinching look at the British colonial presence in New Zealand during the 1870s.
Te Wheke, a Māori scout and guide for the British army, comes across his village, wiped out by the British in a massacre. He deserts his post and vows to take revenge against his former employers. Joining a vigilante group of Māori seeking retribution, he sets in motion a brutal campaign of terror and murder.
Anzac Wallace gives an unforgettable performance as Te Wheke, supported by Kiwi icon Bruno Lawrence. UTU REDUX has lost none of its power or relevance in the years since its initial release, and this restored version gives new life to a story that should never be forgotten.
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