Legend of Baron Toa release date

Local action comedy featuring an all-star Pasefika and Maori cast will be released on February 20th. The Legend of Baron To’a tells the story of Fritz, a Tongan entrepreneur who returns to his old neighbourhood and inadvertently causes the theft of his late father's valued pro wrestling title belt by some ruthless gangsters. Watch the full trailer below if you haven’t already.



It’s the Karate Kid meets South Auckland as Fritz (played by Australian-Tongan actor Uli Latukefu of Alien: Covenant and Marco Polo) learns the warrior ways of his old Dad (played by John Tui, Battleship, Hobbs & Shaw).


The Legend of Baron To'a is director Kiel McNaughton’s, whose credits include Auckland Daze and Find Me a Māori Bride, first feature.


McNaughton also produced acclaimed films Waru and Vai with his wife Kerry Warkia. The cast includes Nathaniel Lees (The Matrix Reloaded), Jay Laga'aia (Star Wars), Shortland Street alumni Shavaughn Ruakere and Fasitua Amosa (Auckland Daze, Fresh Eggs) as well as rising stars Duane Evens Jr (The New Legends of Monkey, Shortland Street) and Lotima Pome'e aka General Fiyah.