Set in New Zealand in the 1860s, Utu is a 1984 movie about revenge, pure and simple. The film begins when British colonials, intending to expand the British empire across the globe, comes to New Zealand expecting to find land ripe for the picking. What they do not expect to find is a native Maori population willing to fight to protect their land and way of life as guaranteed to them by treaties. It is in this mess that the Maori warrior Te Wheke is betrayed by the British. The betrayal stings and it causes Te Wheke to begin a cycle of betrayal and vengeance between the Maori and the British.