''Tongan Ninja'' is a 2002 martial arts/musical parody, co-written by and starring Jemaine Clement of ''FlightOfTheConchords'' fame. It's plot is loosely based on the 1972 BruceLee movie ''WayOfTheDragon'', and along the way it [[AffectionateParody 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 [[RaisedByNatives 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 [[BigBad Mr Big's]] "So-Called-[[TheSyndicate 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 - [[CarpetOfVirility 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.

!!This movie contains the following tropes:

* AffectionateParody: Of the entire martial arts genre.
* ArchEnemy: Marvin/Action Fighter is this to Sione.
* BattleStrip
* BigBad: The aptly-named "Mr Big".
* BoundAndGagged: "I'd like to see you escape now you've got ''tape on your mouth'' Miss Lee!"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: When he's fighting Gun Man, Sione actually grabs the VisibleBoomMic (that's been dangling in shot for a while) and starts deflecting bullets with it.
* BondVillainStupidity
* CaptainObvious: About 95% of the dialogue qualifies.
-->'''Action Fighter:''' Yes, he is my father, and whats more...''I am his son!''
-->*everyone gasps*
* CarpetOfVirility: Parodied when Action Fighter [[BattleStrip takes off his shirt]] and reveals a bizarre and ''very'' copious formation of chest hair.
-->'''Mr Big:''' Just like his mother...
* ChaseScene: When Sione rides in hot pursuit of Mr Big's Mooks, and seems to be pre-empting their every move:
-->'''Passenger Mook:''' [[PsychicPowers Somehow he knows where we're going!]]
-->'''Driver Mook:''' [[TooDumbToLive Should I stop indicating?]]
* ChopSockey: Parodied, of course.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Sione's loving father was eaten by a fish. Also, Miss Lee's parents were squished by Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, leaving her to be raised by [[ParentalSubstitute her uncle]].
* DiabolicalMastermind: Mr Big, supposedly.
* DistressedDamsel: Miss Lee.
* ElvisImpersonator: Action Fighter in the opening credits, quite [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment inexplicably]].
* EnfantTerrible: Marvin. Doubles up as EvilFormerFriend, assuming he and Sione ''were'' friends (and that's the most obvious explanation for Marvin being brought on the plane ride with Sione and his dad in the first place - aside from RuleOfFunny).
* EvilAllAlong: [[EvilChef Chef Guy!]] And ''very'' {{obviously evil}} from the beginning at that.
-->'''Chef Guy:''' That's right! [[PlotTwist I am the twist!]] [[LampshadeHanging In a very cleverly conceived plot,]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall on many levels!]]
* EyeScream: Action Fighter references this: "So I gouged this guy's eyes out, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment then I swapped them round and replaced them...as a joke.]]"
* FakeNationality: Played for laughs with the obviously white guys playing "Chinese" waiters.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: As a child, Action Fighter used to put [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes spiders]] in Sione's futon! What a bastard! (He also deliberately caused the plane crash that stranded them on the island and ''laughed'' as Sione's father was eaten by fish, but it was [[SkewedPriorities those damn spiders]] that really got on Sione's nerves)
* FishOutOfWater: Sione when he visits New Zealand, being completely unfamiliar with modern civilisation and technology.
* FreudianExcuse: During the final standoff, Action Fighter actually ''admits'' that the reason he's such a jerkass is because he's always been [[GreenEyedMonster jealous of Sione]] (specifically Sione's close relationship with his father). It looks for a second like he's about to pull a HeelFaceTurn, but it turns out Sione simply [[CloudCuckoolander zoned out for a minute]] and [[NotListeningToMeAreYou wasn't listening]] at all. The fight then continues as if nothing had happened.
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises
* GigglingVillain: Asian Sidekick
* GoshDangItToHeck: Played for laughs with Mr Big and his mooks, who all go to baffling lengths to avoid swearing.
-->'''Mr Big:''' What the flup did you say?!
* GroinAttack
* TheHero: Sione, obviously.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Most notably [[FlightOfTheConchords Jemaine Clement]] as Action Fighter.
* HongKongDub: Taken to absurd levels. Quite often full lines of dialogue will be issuing from a character's ''closed'' mouth.
* {{Infodump}}
* [[JediMindTrick Tongan Mind Trick]]
* KensingtonGore: Parodied. When Sione has [[BloodFromTheMouth blood coming from his mouth]], it's ''pink''.
* KnifeNut: Knife Man, naturally.
* LargeHam: Action Fighter
* LikeFatherLikeSon:
-->'''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!
* LipLock
* AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks: The So-Called-Syndicate.
* LukeIAmYourFather: And whats more...[[CaptainObvious Luke is his son.]]
* McNinja
* {{Musical}}: The movie is ''sort of'' a musical, although the songs are infrequent enough that each one feels like a BigLippedAlligatorMoment. Especially the Chef's "Chop Suey" song, where a bunch of brightly-dressed dancers and backing vocalists appear out of nowhere and then abruptly disappear afterwards.
* OffWithHisHead: Sione manages to decapitate a guy by ''[[MartialArtsDontWorkThatWay kicking him in the head]]''.
* OldMaster: Mr Magasaki
* OverlordJr: Action Fighter
* ParentalSubstitute: Miss Lee's uncle, and Mr Magasaki to Sione.
* PowerGlows
* RaisedByNatives: Sione and Marvin.
* SlipperySkid: A variation, wherein the villains try to [[VehicularSabotage sabotage]] Sione's vehicle by dropping a ''single'' drawing pin on the road behind them, and then a pebble.
* TheSyndicate: The NebulousEvilOrganisation is literally named "The So-Called Syndicate".
* TitleThemeTune: "The Tale of the Tongan Ninja", a spoof of the archetypal [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] themes, features Action Fighter writhing around in an [[ElvisPresley Elvis]] costume, spouting some truly bizarre lyrics (they were written by [[FlightOfTheConchords Jemaine Clement and Bret [=McKenzie=]]] so that's to be expected).
* ThereAreNoPolice: Lampshaded. The So-Called Syndicate ''owns'' the Police. Somehow.
* TooDumbToLive: Practially everyone. The [[IdiotPlot entire plot]] relies upon the fact that the protagonists and villains are all equally ridiculous and dim-witted.
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback: When Sione catches sight of a pond, he's reminded of his father's death and starts to angst.
* VehicularSabotage: Backfires [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat massively]].
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing
* YouFightLikeACow: "You fight like a baby...a dead baby!"