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The Tattooist (2007)

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A young artist unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit as he attempts to learn tatau, the Samoan tradition of tattooing.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Behr ... Jake Sawyer
Mia Blake Mia Blake ... Sina
David Fane ... Mr. Va'a
Robbie Magasiva ... Alipati
Ian Vincent Ian Vincent ... The Tattooist / Lomi
Caroline Cheong Caroline Cheong ... Victoria
Nathaniel Lees ... Mr. Perenese
Michael Hurst ... Crash
John Bach ... Lazlo McFadden
Matailiili Denzel Tuimaunga Matailiili Denzel Tuimaunga ... Osone
Glen Jackson Glen Jackson ... Cousin #1
Edmund Paongo Edmund Paongo ... Cousin #2
Fasitua Amosa Fasitua Amosa ... Dr. Lima
Lauren A Jackson Lauren A Jackson ... Triage Nurse (as Lauren Jackson)
Alison Bruce ... Charge Nurse


American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer wanders the world, exploring and exploiting ethnic themes in his tattoo designs. At a tattoo expo in Singapore, he gets his first glimpse at the exotic world of traditional Samoan tattoo (tatau), and, in a thoughtless act, unwittingly unleashes a powerful angry spirit. In his devastating journey into Pacific mysticism, Jake must find a way to save his new love, Sina and recover his own soul. Written by Anonymous

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Evil in ink.


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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English | Samoan

Release Date:

30 April 2007 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

O Tatuador See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$141,146 (New Zealand), 2 September 2007, Limited Release
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr. Lima: You have to come with me
Jake Sawyer: There's no fucking time
Dr. Lima: For what?
Jake Sawyer: You know anything about tatuing?
Dr. Lima: It took my brother six weeks for his to get better... nearly killed him!
Jake Sawyer: There's a spirit doing this... I start the tattoo... he finishes it. There is another girl... you have to let me go... i'll deal with it you and i know this is something doctors can't cure
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Mildly interesting tattoo horror.
5 March 2009 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"The Tattooist" tells the story of an American tattoo artist Jake Sawyer,who is a global wanderer who explores ethnic themes in his designs.While he is in New Zealand he unknowingly plays a role in releasing a deadly spirit with a penchant for delivering death by indelible ink as he attempts to learn tatau,the Samoan tradition of tattooing.Tatau is a traditional tattoo worn by males,on the middle of their torsos,starting just below the lat area and continues down to the knees."The Tattooist" has some impressive moments of horror among many boring spots,where literally nothing happens.The film's subject is unusual as is the cultural context and the death scenes are suitably graphic.Unfortunately the character of Jake is barely developed and the first half of the film is pretty dull.6 out of 10.

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