Lee Tamahori

Lee Tamahori

New Zealand director, actor and photographer
Date of Birth: 17.06.1950
Country: New Zealand

Content:
  1. Biography of Lee Tamahori
  2. The Breakthrough
  3. Hollywood Career
  4. Bond and Beyond

Biography of Lee Tamahori

Lee Tamahori is a New Zealand director, actor, and photographer. He began his career in the film industry as a boom operator in the late 1970s and then became a director's assistant for many New Zealand films in the early 1980s. One of his early works, Jeff Murphy's "UTU," also dealt with Maori culture. However, Tamahori later found success as a director of commercials, shooting over 100 commercial videos in a span of 10 years. He focused on a narrative style that closely resembled cinema.

Lee Tamahori

The Breakthrough

In 1994, Tamahori directed the drama film "Once Were Warriors," which was one of three films he made targeting the New Zealand audience. Despite its budget of $1.4 million, the film gained international recognition due to its bleak realism. The story of a Maori family living in a world of violence and cruelty resonated beyond New Zealand, propelling Tamahori, who had both European and Maori heritage, into Hollywood.

Lee Tamahori

Hollywood Career

Following the success of "Once Were Warriors," Tamahori directed the crime film-noir "Mulholland Falls" in 1996. Unfortunately, the film received a lukewarm response from audiences due to its mediocre storyline. In his next film, the thrilling "The Edge," which explored the confrontation between nature and man, Tamahori employed a unique visual style and enlisted the brilliant performances of actors Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, and even a real bear named Bart, making Bart the first "bear actor" in Hollywood.

Lee Tamahori

Bond and Beyond

In 2001, Tamahori directed "Die Another Day," the 20th installment in the iconic James Bond franchise. The film paid homage to the previous Bond directors and starred Pierce Brosnan as the secret agent and Halle Berry as the ever-changing Bond girl. Tamahori also directed the action film "xXx: State of the Union" in 2005, featuring Ice Cube in the lead role. While it had a spy theme, the film had less impact compared to its predecessor when it came to box office success. Finally, after working with actors Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Biel on the mystical thriller "The Prophet," Tamahori planned to direct the thriller film "The Devil's Double" in 2010.

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