Tattoo artist Jake Sawyer (played by Jason Behr, the American star of TV series Roswell) travels the world looking for ethnic designs to exploit for his art. At a tattoo expo in Singapore, he is introduced to the traditional Samoan tattoo, and falls for Sina (No. 2's Mia Blake) the beautiful cousin of tattooist Alipati. When Jake recklessly steals a Samoan tattooing tool, he unwittingly unleashes a powerful spirit that endangers everyone he touches. The first official Kiwi-Singaporean co-production was directed by Peter Burger (Until Proven Innocent), and produced by Robin Scholes (Once Were Warriors).
An eerie tale against a backdrop of Samoan tattooing superstition, The Tattooist opens our eyes to a different kind of ghost story.– Reviewer Louise Keller on Australian website Urban Cinefile, 26 June 2008
Eyeworks New Zealand
Financed by the NZ Film Commission, Daydream Productions and MediaCorp Raintree Pictures, supported by the Singapore Film Commission under the Project Development Scheme