What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Reviews

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½ March 12, 2014
top flim, classic NZ
December 30, 2007
Though it swept through New Zealand's Film and TV awards in 1999, it is not in the same class as its predecessor Once Were Warriors.
December 1, 2012
Good Follow Up To The First With Somewhat Of An Abrupt Ending, Definitely A Must See For Fans Of The First.
July 5, 2007
Was never going to surpass the first. Jake has kind of lost himself in this one
March 9, 2011
brilliant movie,loved this one an Once were Worriers
March 9, 2011
brilliant movie,loved this one an Once were Worriers
Super Reviewer
½ February 15, 2010
The 1994 drama Once Were Warriors told a sad but compelling tale of violence and alcoholism in New Zealand's Maori community, and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? picks up the story several years later, though the focus is less on an individual family than the spread of gang warfare among the modern-day Maori. Jake and Beth Heke (Temuera Morrison and Rena Owen), the combative couple in the first film, have now split up, Beth having lost her patience with Jake's alcoholism and violent temper. Beth has moved on and lives with her new boyfriend, and while Jake also has a new relationship, his binge drinking and violence have continued unabated. Jake's eldest son, Nig (Julian Arahanga) has fared little better in life, and dies in a fight with a member of a rival gang. At Nig's funeral, Jake is confronted by Beth and his younger son, Sonny (Clint Eruera), who feels Jake abandoned his family and doesn't mind telling him so. Sonny decides he must avenge Nig's death and joins forces with Nig's girlfriend Tania (Nancy Brunning) and his pal Mookie (Tammy Davis) to exact their own kind of justice. However, an unpleasant run-in with the Black Snakes gang only earns them more enemies. Jake, meanwhile, is dropped by his girlfriend and sinks even deeper into the abyss of his demons. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? was directed by Ian Mune, continuing the story begun by filmmaker Lee Tamahori.
May 12, 2010
Cheesy title, and no, it's not as good as 'Once were warriors', but it's more Big Jake so who cares?
February 11, 2010
It was alright. First one was way better.
½ November 22, 2009
Tugged at the heart strings...
November 18, 2009
heard it is not as good as the phenomenal "Once Were Warriors", but will give it a look................
October 20, 2009
I really want to see this sequel to "Once Were Warriors"
February 22, 2009
January 11, 2009
dis is what happens when ur a women hitter.
November 13, 2008
I want to see this in the worst way
½ September 21, 2007
Great to see Jake Heke and his family visited again in this sequel to "Once We Were Warriors". Though there were bad points: all the style of the original movie was gone...this felt more like a TV movie and there were lots of cheesy moments and dialog.

Though it was nice to see Jake change, to finally see the character achieve some closure and peace. And another thing that I thought was a welcomed addition here was clearer focus on poverty of the indigenous communities, that there was more personal awareness made of it in the form of a veteran gang member. Probably my own fascination with the Maori makes me a little biased in liking this movie and forgiving its faults.
½ January 11, 2007
June 30, 2008
once again another good movie from NZ
June 29, 2008
[I just wrote a whole review but flix just fucked it up and lost it]
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