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Lee Tamahori is a Director, First Assistant Director, Boom Operator and Thanks Néo-Zélandais born on 22 april 1950 at Wellington (Nouvelle zelande)

Lee Tamahori

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Birth name Warren Lee Tamahori
Nationality Nouvelle zelande
Birth 22 april 1950 (74 years) at Wellington (Nouvelle zelande)

Lee Tamahori (born 17 June 1950) is a New Zealand filmmaker best known for directing the 1994 film Once Were Warriors and the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day.


D'abord technicien du son puis assistant réalisateur, notamment de Nagisa Oshima sur Furyo, il s'est fait connaître mondialement dès son premier film L'Âme des guerriers, traitant de la condition des Māori, qui fut un des grands chocs cinématographiques de 1994. Sa carrière se poursuit à Hollywood dans des blockbusters, réalisant notamment un James Bond : Meurs un autre jour. Il adapte aussi un roman de James Patterson avec Le Masque de l'araignée, et une nouvelle de Philip K. Dick (L'homme doré) avec le film Next.

Best films

Die Another Day (2002)
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)
(First Assistant Director)

Usually with

Geoff Murphy
Geoff Murphy
(2 films)
J.J. Perry
J.J. Perry
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lee Tamahori (15 films)

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Emperor (2022)

Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin Belgique
Genres Thriller, Adventure, Historical
Actors Adrien Brody, Rutger Hauer, Paz Vega, Bill Skarsgård, Thomas Kretschmann, Oliver Platt

Au XVI siècle, une jeune femme demande à l'empereur Charles Quint de l'aider dans sa vengeance.
The Devil's Double, 1h48
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin Belgique
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Biography, Action, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors Dominic Cooper, Philip Quast, Ludivine Sagnier, Mimoun Oaïssa, Mehmet Ferda, Akın Gazi
Rating69% 3.4986253.4986253.4986253.4986253.498625
In 1987, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), an Iraqi soldier fighting in the Iran–Iraq War, is called to become a "fedai" ("body double" or political decoy) for Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper), the playboy son of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein (Philip Quast). Latif comes from an upper-class family and had attended school with Uday, where the other students would remark on their likeness. Latif initially refuses the position, but is imprisoned and tortured, ultimately relenting when his family is threatened. Latif undergoes minor cosmetic surgery to perfect his resemblance to Uday and practices emulating the young Hussein's mannerisms and wildly volatile persona. He is given access to all of the luxurious benefits of the Husseins' fortune, including massive palaces, expensive wardrobes and Uday's Ferrari and various other exotic cars. Latif tries to resist Uday's exorbitant merrymaking and erratic behavior, at one point fleeing a nightclub in another of Uday's Ferraris to attempt to see his family, who believe he has died in the war. However, he is apprehended by Uday's bodyguards and given a whipping by Uday. After an appearance at a conference with several Kuwaiti leaders, an attempt is made on Uday's (Latif's) life, apparently by a member of a rebel opposition group, possibly a Kurd. The real Uday, though, is more concerned with the Kuwaitis, who he believes have been slant drilling into Iraq's Rumaila oil field.
Next (2007)
, 1h36
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action
Themes Films based on science fiction novels, Films based on works by Philip K. Dick, Arme nucléaire
Actors Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Kittles, Peter Falk
Rating61% 3.0993.0993.0993.0993.099
Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) can see into his future. He can only see two minutes ahead, with the exception of a vision he once had of a woman walking into a diner. Knowing no details other than the time, he goes to the diner twice each day at 8:09 to await her arrival. He works as a small-time magician in Las Vegas, where he supplements his income with gambling, using his powers to win against the house.
xXx: State of the Union, 1h41
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Spy films
Actors Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, Peter Strauss, Samuel L. Jackson, Xzibit
Rating45% 2.256432.256432.256432.256432.25643
In Virginia, a rancher discovers dead bodies over his farm and decides to investigate. As he finds more bodies, he is killed by one of the assailants himself. Meanwhile, attackers use special explosives to break into an NSA bunker beneath the horse farm. There, NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons fends off the attackers before barely escaping himself. Sergeant Alabama "Bama" Cobb is later revealed to be responsible for the attack on the bunker. After escaping the attack, Toby Shavers, Gibbons's assistant, informs that, with the attack on the NSA bunker, Cobb also had Xander Cage, the XXX agent, assassinated in Bora Bora. To find a new substitute, Gibbons meets with Lt. Darius Stone (Ice Cube), a former U.S Navy officer, who is currently serving 9 of his 20 years sentence in Leavenworth for disobeying orders and breaking General George Deckert's jaw, who is now a rogue Secretary of Defense.
Die Another Day, 2h12
Directed by Michael G. Wilson, Lee Tamahori, Barbara Broccoli
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Seafaring films, Films about terrorism, Transport films
Actors Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Judi Dench
Rating60% 3.049143.049143.049143.049143.04914
James Bond infiltrates a North Korean military base, where Colonel Tan-Sun Moon is illegally trading weapons for African conflict diamonds. After Moon's assistant Zao discovers that Bond is a British agent, the colonel attempts to kill Bond and a hovercraft chase ensues, which ends with Moon's apparent death. Bond survives, but is captured by North Korean soldiers and imprisoned by the Colonel's father, General Moon.
Along Came a Spider, 1h40
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott, Dylan Baker, Mika Sue Boorem, Anton Yelchin
Rating63% 3.199413.199413.199413.199413.19941
After Washington, D.C. detective, forensic psychologist and author Alex Cross (Morgan Freeman) loses control of a sting operation, resulting in the death of his partner, he opts to retire from the force. He finds himself drawn back to police work when Megan Rose (Mika Boorem), the daughter of a United States senator, is kidnapped from her exclusive private school by computer science teacher Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott). U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Jezzie Flannigan (Monica Potter), held responsible for the breach in security, joins forces with Cross to find the missing girl.
The Edge
The Edge (1997)
, 1h57
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Transport films, Aviation films, Mise en scène d'un ours, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Harold Perrineau, Jr., Elle Macpherson, L. Q. Jones, Bart l'ours
Rating68% 3.449483.449483.449483.449483.44948
Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins), a billionaire with an amazing memory; Robert "Bob" Green (Alec Baldwin), a photographer; and Stephen (Harold Perrineau), his assistant, arrive in a remote Alaskan locale via Charles' private jet, along with Charles' much-younger wife, Mickey (Elle Macpherson), a beautiful fashion model. After landing and boarding the floatplane to finish the journey, Charles opens a wrapped book about survival in the wild, apparently a gift from an employee. The group, who intend to conduct a photo shoot, are the only guests at a lodge. Styles (L.Q. Jones), the proprietor, warns everyone that the region is inhabited by bears and not to leave food uncovered.
Mulholland Falls, 1h47
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Jennifer Connelly
Rating62% 3.1472853.1472853.1472853.1472853.147285
In the early 1950s, a four-man squad of unorthodox Los Angeles Police Department detectives begins throwing its weight around by tossing Jack Flynn (William L. Petersen), an organized crime figure from Chicago, off a cliff on Mulholland Drive, nicknamed "Mulholland Falls" for all the men they have thrown off it.
Once Were Warriors, 1h39
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin Nouvelle zelande
Genres Drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about families, Feminist films, Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Films about drugs, Transport films, Films about domestic violence, Gangster films
Actors Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Cliff Curtis, Julian Arahanga, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, George Henare
Rating78% 3.9468753.9468753.9468753.9468753.946875
Beth left her small town and, despite her parents' disapproval, married Jake "the Muss" Heke. After 18 years they live in an unkempt state house in an unnamed New Zealand city and have five children. Their interpretations of life and being Māori are tested. Their eldest daughter, Grace, keeps a journal in which she chronicles events as well as stories she tells her younger siblings.


Among the Cinders, 1h52
Directed by Rolf Hädrich
Genres Drama
Actors Rebecca Gibney, Yvonne Lawley
Roles First Assistant Director
Rating64% 3.211493.211493.211493.211493.21149
Utu (1984)
, 1h58
Directed by Geoff Murphy
Origin Nouvelle zelande
Genres Drama, War, Adventure, Historical, Western
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Bruno Lawrence, Wi Kuki Kaa, Martyn Sanderson, Tim Eliott, Ilona Rodgers, John Bach
Roles First Assistant Director
Rating68% 3.4453553.4453553.4453553.4453553.445355
Set in New Zealand’s North Island during the New Zealand Wars, Utu follows Te Wheke (Anzac Wallace), a Maori Captain in the British army. When Te Wheke’s unit comes across a village that has been slaughtered he, recognising it as his own, deserts the army and organises a guerilla force to terrorise the invading British forces. When the unit destroys the home of Williamson (Bruno Lawrence) and kills his wife, Williamson vows to hunt down Te Wheke and kill him himself. Meanwhile, army scout Wiremu (Wi Kuki Kaa) and recent Boer War veteran Lieutenant Scott (Kelly Johnson) aim to track down Te Wheke themselves, also using guerilla warfare techniques against the will of corrupt Colonel Elliot (Tim Eliot).
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, 2h3
Directed by Nagisa Ōshima
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Christmas films, Prison films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Jack Thompson, Yūya Uchida
Roles First Assistant Director
Rating72% 3.600493.600493.600493.600493.60049
The film deals with the relationships among four men in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during the Second World War — Major Jack Celliers (Bowie), a rebellious New Zealander with a guilty secret from his youth; Captain Yonoi (Sakamoto), the young camp commandant; Lieutenant Colonel John Lawrence (Conti), a British officer who has lived in Japan and speaks Japanese fluently; and Sergeant Hara (Takeshi), who is seemingly brutal and yet humane in some ways and with whom Lawrence develops a peculiar friendship.


Race for the Yankee Zephyr, 1h48
Directed by David Hemmings
Origin Australie
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films
Actors Ken Wahl, Lesley Ann Warren, Tony Sparks, George Peppard, Donald Pleasence, Bruno Lawrence
Roles Boom Operator
Rating56% 2.8050952.8050952.8050952.8050952.805095
Gibbie Gibson (Donald Pleasence) has discovered a World War II-era plane wreck in the mountains of New Zealand. When his discovery gets around town, Gibson, his daughter Sally (Lesley Ann Warren), and his lodger Barney Whitaker (Ken Wahl) find trouble from a group of treasure hunters led by a Mister Theo Brown (George Peppard), who are intent on finding the cache of money they believe is on the wreck.


While She Was Out, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Christmas films
Actors Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer, Luke Gair, Rachel Hayward, Melissa Sue Anderson
Roles Thanks
Rating48% 2.4064352.4064352.4064352.4064352.406435
On Christmas Eve, suburban housewife Della Myers (Kim Basinger) gets into an argument with her abusive husband Kenneth (Craig Sheffer). After putting her two children to bed, she drives to the mall to buy some wrapping paper and cards. At the mall, she can't find a parking space for a while and angrily leaves a note on the window of a car that is parked using up two parking spaces. She leaves the store as the mall is closing, and the parking lot is nearly deserted. She notices the note is gone from the 'offending' car. As she enters her own car, the car on which she had left the note pulls up behind her.