Tongan Ninja

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Tongan Ninja is a 2002 martial arts/musical parody, co-written by and starring Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame. It's plot is loosely based on the 1972 Bruce Lee movie Way of the Dragon, and along the way it playfully spoofs just about every martial arts trope in existence.

The story begins when a young boy named Sione (Sam Manu) survives a plane crash and finds himself stranded on an uncharted pacific island. After seeing his father tragically eaten by fish, the boy was trained by the locals in the art of Ninjitsu and grew to become the most dangerous ninja alive. Upon learning that the peaceful owners of a New Zealand eatery have been targeted by Mr Big's "So-Called-Syndicate", Sione's wise old mentor Mr Magasaki sends him to combat this terrifying threat. The Tongan Ninja must work his way through a host of formidable foes, including Knife Man ("he's good with knives!"), Gun Man ("he's good with guns!") and Hench Man ("he's good with...henches.") before battling the dreaded - and very hairy - Action Fighter (aka Marvin), his childhood nemesis and all-round Jerkass, who turns out to be the long-lost son of crime-boss Mr Big.


Tropes used in Tongan Ninja include:

Action Fighter: Yes, he is my father, and whats more...I am his son!

  • everyone gasps*

Mr Big: Just like his mother...

  • Chase Scene: When Sione rides in hot pursuit of Mr Big's Mooks, and seems to be pre-empting their every move:

Mr Big: What the flup did you say?!

Mr Big: Make my coffee extra strong.
Action Fighter: I also take my coffee...extra strong!
Asian Sidekick: It is as foretold in the prophecy!