Taika Waititi

Taika David Cohen ONZM (born 16 August 1975), known professionally as Taika Waititi, is a New Zealand film and television director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and comedian. He is the recipient of an Academy Award, BAFTA Award and a Grammy Award, and has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand film. Waititi's 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. He co-directed and starred in the horror comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement, which was adapted into a television series of the same name (2019–present). The series has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. His most recent directing credits include the superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the black comedy film Jojo Rabbit (2019), the latter of which he also wrote and starred in as an "imaginary Hitler". Jojo Rabbit received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Furthermore, Waititi earned a Grammy Award for producing the film's soundtrack. In addition to directing an episode of the television series The Mandalorian (2019–present), he also voices the character IG-11, for which he garnered a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.

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Green Lantern (2011)

For centuries, a small but powerful force of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps has sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Blake Lively  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Tim Robbins

For centuries, a small but powerful force of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps has sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Ryan Reynolds  •  Blake Lively  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Tim Robbins

Boy (2010)

Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan who lives on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu  •  Ei Kura Albert  •  Ngapaki Emery  •  Rajvinder Eria

Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan who lives on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu  •  Ei Kura Albert  •  Ngapaki Emery  •  Rajvinder Eria

The Captain (2013)

A hungover plane captain wakes up to discover he's done a very bad thing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nash Edgerton  •  Spencer Susser
CAST:  Taika Waititi  •  Nash Edgerton  •  David Michôd  •  Joel Edgerton

A hungover plane captain wakes up to discover he's done a very bad thing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nash Edgerton  •  Spencer Susser
CAST:  Taika Waititi  •  Nash Edgerton  •  David Michôd  •  Joel Edgerton

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi  •  Jemaine Clement
CAST:  Taika Waititi  •  Jemaine Clement  •  Jonny Brugh  •  Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi  •  Jemaine Clement
CAST:  Taika Waititi  •  Jemaine Clement  •  Jonny Brugh  •  Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

42 One Dream Rush (2010)

An omnibus of 42 short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  David Lynch  •  James Franco  •  Harmony Korine  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Asia Argento  •  Jonathan Caouette  •  Leos Carax  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Zhang Yuan  •  Taika Waititi  •  Chan Marshall  •  Charles Burnett  •  Mike Figgis  •  Niki Caro  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Lou Ye  •  Yung Chang  •  Grant Morrison  •  Florian Habicht  •  Floria Sigismondi  •  Brian Butler  •  Sergei Bodrov  •  Larry Clark  •  Joe Coleman  •  Chris Graham  •  Michele Civetta  •  Zachary Croitoroo  •  Terence Koh  •  Marcus Griffin  •  Ryan McGinley  •  Rajan Mehta  •  Chris Milk  •  Charlotte Kemp Muhl  •  Dee Poon  •  Matt Pyke  •  Lola Schnabel  •  Mote Sinabel  •  Arden Wohl
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Paz de la Huerta  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rinko Kikuchi

An omnibus of 42 short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  David Lynch  •  James Franco  •  Harmony Korine  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Asia Argento  •  Jonathan Caouette  •  Leos Carax  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Zhang Yuan  •  Taika Waititi  •  Chan Marshall  •  Charles Burnett  •  Mike Figgis  •  Niki Caro  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Lou Ye  •  Yung Chang  •  Grant Morrison  •  Florian Habicht  •  Floria Sigismondi  •  Brian Butler  •  Sergei Bodrov  •  Larry Clark  •  Joe Coleman  •  Chris Graham  •  Michele Civetta  •  Zachary Croitoroo  •  Terence Koh  •  Marcus Griffin  •  Ryan McGinley  •  Rajan Mehta  •  Chris Milk  •  Charlotte Kemp Muhl  •  Dee Poon  •  Matt Pyke  •  Lola Schnabel  •  Mote Sinabel  •  Arden Wohl
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Paz de la Huerta  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rinko Kikuchi

Tama Tū (2004)

Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence, the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes. A tohu (sign) brings them back to reality, and they gather to say a karakia before returning to the fray. Director Taika ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Tammy Davis  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Rob Mokaraka  •  Jarod Rawiri

Six Māori Battalion soldiers camped in Italian ruins wait for night to fall. In the silence, the bros-in-arms distract themselves with jokes. A tohu (sign) brings them back to reality, and they gather to say a karakia before returning to the fray. Director Taika ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Tammy Davis  •  Taungaroa Emile  •  Rob Mokaraka  •  Jarod Rawiri

Tongan Ninja (2002)

The Tongan Ninja is dispatched to the island nation of New Zealand in order to help a brother of his master with his floundering Chinese restaurant. But the mysterious Mister Big stands in the eatery's way as he sends numerous villains such as Knife Man, Gun Man, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Stutter
CAST:  Jemaine Clement  •  Sam Manu  •  Linda Tseng  •  Raybon Kan

The Tongan Ninja is dispatched to the island nation of New Zealand in order to help a brother of his master with his floundering Chinese restaurant. But the mysterious Mister Big stands in the eatery's way as he sends numerous villains such as Knife Man, Gun Man, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Stutter
CAST:  Jemaine Clement  •  Sam Manu  •  Linda Tseng  •  Raybon Kan

Snakeskin (2001)

A hitchhiker takes two kids on the ride of their dreams, but they soon learn that their newfound hero is just as capable of delivering nightmares.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Ashurst
CAST:  Melanie Lynskey  •  Boyd Kestner  •  Dean O'Gorman  •  Oliver Driver

A hitchhiker takes two kids on the ride of their dreams, but they soon learn that their newfound hero is just as capable of delivering nightmares.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Ashurst
CAST:  Melanie Lynskey  •  Boyd Kestner  •  Dean O'Gorman  •  Oliver Driver

Futile Attraction (2005)

A mockumentary about a film crew making a New Zealand reality television show about a couple brought together by a dating service. However due to their being incompatible, the film crew tries to manipulate them to get the film they want for the show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Prebble
CAST:  Danielle Mason  •  Alistair Browning  •  Glenda Tuaine  •  Michelle Ang

A mockumentary about a film crew making a New Zealand reality television show about a couple brought together by a dating service. However due to their being incompatible, the film crew tries to manipulate them to get the film they want for the show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Prebble
CAST:  Danielle Mason  •  Alistair Browning  •  Glenda Tuaine  •  Michelle Ang

Eagle vs Shark (2007)

Love blossoms for Lily over double Meaty Boy burgers at mid-day when uber-computer nerd Jarrod comes in and leaves with free extra large fries. After gatecrashing Jarrod's party and proving her skills on the game console, Lily goes down to Jarrod's home town with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Loren Taylor  •  Jemaine Clement  •  Joel Tobeck  •  Rachel House

Love blossoms for Lily over double Meaty Boy burgers at mid-day when uber-computer nerd Jarrod comes in and leaves with free extra large fries. After gatecrashing Jarrod's party and proving her skills on the game console, Lily goes down to Jarrod's home town with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Loren Taylor  •  Jemaine Clement  •  Joel Tobeck  •  Rachel House

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  Josh Brolin  •  Chris Pratt  •  Brie Larson  •  Robert Downey Jr.

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  Josh Brolin  •  Chris Pratt  •  Brie Larson  •  Robert Downey Jr.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his home-world and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of a powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Tom Hiddleston  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Idris Elba

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his home-world and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of a powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Tom Hiddleston  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Idris Elba

Team Thor (2016)

Discover what Thor was up to during the events of Captain America: Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Daley Pearson

Discover what Thor was up to during the events of Captain America: Civil War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Daley Pearson

Poi E: The Story of Our Song (2016)

Written and directed by Tearepa Kahi (Mt Zion) and starring Maaka Pohatu (The Modern Maori Quartet, Two Little Boys) the film tells the story of musician Dalvanius Prime and the origin of the song “Poi E”, a ground-breaking fusion of 1980s pop and traditional Māori ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tearepa Kahi
CAST:  Dalvanius Prime  •  Ngoingoi Pēwhairangi  •  Pātea Māori Club  •  Barletta Prime

Written and directed by Tearepa Kahi (Mt Zion) and starring Maaka Pohatu (The Modern Maori Quartet, Two Little Boys) the film tells the story of musician Dalvanius Prime and the origin of the song “Poi E”, a ground-breaking fusion of 1980s pop and traditional Māori ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tearepa Kahi
CAST:  Dalvanius Prime  •  Ngoingoi Pēwhairangi  •  Pātea Māori Club  •  Barletta Prime

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Julian Dennison  •  Rima Te Wiata  •  Rachel House

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Sam Neill  •  Julian Dennison  •  Rima Te Wiata  •  Rachel House

Frodo Is Great... Who Is That?!! (2004)

The documentary looks at the rise to celebrity status of NZ actor and musician Bret McKenzie, who appeared for 3 seconds as an extra in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", during the Council of Elrond scene. His brief appearance sparked a huge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hannah Clarke  •  Nick Booth  •  Stan Alley
CAST:  Bret McKenzie  •  Peter Jackson  •  Jemaine Clement  •  Elijah Wood

The documentary looks at the rise to celebrity status of NZ actor and musician Bret McKenzie, who appeared for 3 seconds as an extra in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", during the Council of Elrond scene. His brief appearance sparked a huge ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hannah Clarke  •  Nick Booth  •  Stan Alley
CAST:  Bret McKenzie  •  Peter Jackson  •  Jemaine Clement  •  Elijah Wood

Two Cars, One Night (2004)

Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Rangi Ngamoki  •  Hutini Waikato  •  Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards  •  Riwai Waka

Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Rangi Ngamoki  •  Hutini Waikato  •  Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards  •  Riwai Waka

Team Darryl (2018)

Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It's been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Daley Pearson  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Zach Campa  •  Chris Hemsworth

Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It's been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Daley Pearson  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Zach Campa  •  Chris Hemsworth

Team Thor: Part 2 (2017)

A continuation of the documentary spoof of what Thor and his roommate Darryl were up to during the events of "Captain America: Civil War". While Cap and Iron Man duke it out, Thor tries to pay Darryl his rent in Asgardian coins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Daley Pearson

A continuation of the documentary spoof of what Thor and his roommate Darryl were up to during the events of "Captain America: Civil War". While Cap and Iron Man duke it out, Thor tries to pay Darryl his rent in Asgardian coins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taika Waititi
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Daley Pearson

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (2020)

A small-town couple finds the perfect apartment in the big city, except there's one catch: the apartment is home to the ritualistic suicides of a deranged cult.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vivieno Caldinelli
CAST:  Kate Micucci  •  Sam Huntington  •  Taika Waititi  •  Dan Harmon

A small-town couple finds the perfect apartment in the big city, except there's one catch: the apartment is home to the ritualistic suicides of a deranged cult.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vivieno Caldinelli
CAST:  Kate Micucci  •  Sam Huntington  •  Taika Waititi  •  Dan Harmon
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