Director and writer Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa has nailed it.
Vaiaoga-Ioasa, who also directed 2016 debut movie Three Wise Cousins, self-funded and independently distributed his sweet new film, Hibiscus & Ruthless. And Kiwi audiences are loving his latest cinematic outing – the film has made $181,328 in its first-week in cinemas.
A beautifully written comedy, Hibiscus & Ruthless follows two childhood friends on their quest to finish their last year of university.
With the tagline “No going out. No boyfriend. No problem.” You know this is going to be a funny movie. This movie delivers. Funny, romantic and feel-good, Hibiscus & Ruthless is a very watchable and enjoyable flick.
The story revolves around the main character, Hibiscus (Suivai Pilisipi Autagavaia) and her struggle to complete her last year of engineering studies without the distractions of dating boys. Her best friend Ruth (Anna-Marie Thomas) does her best to keep her friend focused and on track with her studies.
Add to this mix the strict Samoan household rules that Hibiscus lives under, and the oddball personality that her best friend Ruth happens to be, and you have a sweet, very watchable NZ film.
Ninety-eight per cent of Google users have given this film a “thumbs up”, and Facebook gives the movie a solid 5/5.
Hibiscus & Ruthless is currently playing at Hoyts, Event and Reading cinemas and will be released in Australia on February 22.
Watch the trailer below: