Eighteen years after Jake (Temuera Morrison) and Beth (Rena Owen) married, it's easy to see why she found him so irresistible. Jake is muscular and handsome, he exudes an explosive sexual energy, even now, after 5 children, he can still arouse her with one look, but Jake too often proves his masculinity with his fists. He regularly explodes into violence that threatens to destroy Beth and their family – til it's almost too late.
"Temuera Morrison is just extra intense as Jake. He's scary." - Margaret Pomeranz
"An absolutely devastating film. Astonishing." - David Stratton
Watch 'Once Were Warriors'
Saturday 20 March, 10:25pm on NITV
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New Zealand, 1994
Language: English, Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis