Aniva writes, “I was fortunate enough to see the first New Zealand screening of “The Tale of the Tongan Ninja” last night, and was plesantly surprised at the number of connections to Lord of the Rings there was. For one, everyone’s favourite elf – no, not Leoglas, but Figwit, contributes to one of the film’s more questionable dance sequences. His name is credited to the coreography of the film’s most random musical break-outs.
“I also noticed that in the credits, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Barrie Osbourne are included in rather a long list of thank you’s. I suppose “Tongan Ninja” being predominantly filmed in Wellington was the reason for this.
“The movie was hilarious – a stand-out being (Flight of the Concord duo) Bret McKenzie & Jemaine Clement’s lyrics in the many songs that seemed to be thrown into the mix. The Australian Empire magazine gave the film an atrocious review, but I thought it was a very enjoyable, funny film.
“….I just thought I’d e-mail you to let you know Figwit’s progress in life after Lotr…..”