"You think your fist is your weapon? When I have taught you, your mind will be."
Lee Tamahori is a bewildering director. He's made a Bond film (Die Another Day), a Nicolas Cage sci-fi actioner (Next), and an underrated crime drama concerning the son of Saddam Hussein (The Devil's Double). All interesting efforts for better or worse, yet none have been genuinely brilliant.
However, he also made Once Were Warriors: a near-masterpiece about Māori culture and the horrors of domestic violence, anchored by two excellent central turns from Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison, which hits you with all the ferocity of a barstool to the face. The results don't exactly make for easy viewing, but I still found this utterly gripping. Compulsory New Zealand cinema.