Utu is the Maori word for “Retribution,” which sums up the chief motivating factor of this New Zealand-produced drama. Set in the 1870s, the film details the exigencies of British Colonial rule. A Maori scout, Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace), stumbles across a native village that has been destroyed in a British raid. Since it is the scout’s own village, he deserts the British army, the better to seek “utu.” Leading a vigilante force consisting of his fellow Maoris, Te Wheke kills as many British settlers as he can get his hands on. The feverish conviction of his crusade is in stark contrast to the attitudes of the British, who seem more concerned with material possessions than with human beings. Popular down under star Bruno Lawrence is cast as a vengeance-driven settler who makes it his personal mission in life to end Te Wheke’s reign of terror.
Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival 1983
In a colonial New Zealand torn apart by the Land Wars, a Maori warrior and a colonial settler set out to seek vengeance for the massacre of their families.
Released in 1983, this powerful epic was Geoff Murphy’s third feature – after “Wild Man” and “Goodbye Pork Pie”. Focussed around the dynamic performances of screen veteran Bruno Lawrence and newcomer Anzac Wallace, Utu mines a painful and violent period of New Zealand history with unparalleled energy, humour and compassion.
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Subtitles:English hardcoded for Maori parts only