Overhearing his crush say she only likes "real island guys" gets Adam packing for Samoa in the first movie from Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa (aka SQS). Shot largely on location, the self-funded comedy co-stars Samoans Vito Vito and Fesuiai Viliamu as cousins, who teach Adam (newbie Neil Amituanai) the basics of island life. In this excerpt Adam wakes in an unexpected place, for a crash course in crushing cocoa. Three Wise Cousins made the top ten at the Kiwi box office in its opening weekend, and continued to win solid audiences, despite a minimal marketing budget. Stuff critic James Croot found it "colourful and charming".
In Samoa, like that lifestyle is so different. It was like a huge culture shock, adapting to the weather, just how they cook and how they live, it's a whole lifestyle that you have to learn. Yeah, it wasn't acting, it was my first time there, first time doing everything.– Actor Neil Amituanai on filming in Samoa, in an RNZ International interview, 23 December 2015
Closing credits song 'This is How We Do it in the Islands' composed and performed by Andrew Faleautua and Siosiua Afu