Samoan film a record

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Vito Vito as Mose, Neil Amituanai as Adam, and Vesui Villiamu as Tavita.

Vito Vito as Mose, Neil Amituanai as Adam, and Vesui Villiamu as Tavita.

When Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa set out to make his film Three Wise Cousins, he wasn't after acclaim, box office records or even any recognition – but he's got it now.

The independent grassroots film made a massive NZ$121,767 (T$217,000)  in the box office in its first four days.

The film follows a young New Zealand-Samoan man called Adam (Neil Amituanai) as he heads to the motherland in a bid to impress his crush Mary (Gloria Ofa Blake), who only likes "real" Pacific Island men.

In Samoa, Adam's two cousins Mose (Vito Vito) and Tavita (Vesui Villiamu) put him through a Pacific Island boot camp, scaling coconut trees, building an umu and bathing in the river.

For more details http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/76545872/three-wise-cousins-racks-up-more-than-121k-at-box-office

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