"It's that classic Rocky story that everyone can relate to."
New Zealand actor John Tui is one of the stars of new Kiwi film The Legends of Baron To'a and he can't wait for everyone to see it.
The actor, whose recent credits include Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw and Solo: A Star Wars Story, is visiting Campbelltown for a special screening of the film at Event Cinemas Macarthur Square.
Tui said The Legend of Baron To'a had plenty of heart and a strong message of family, loyalty and making your own path.
He said locals would find a lot to like about it and he was honoured to be a part.
"The film is about a man who has been living in Australia but travels back home to New Zealand after his father passes away," Tui said.
"His father - my character - was a big wrestling star, and he struggles with living in his shadow.
"I think for anyone who is the son of a celebrity or a sportsperson, it can be a difficult life.
"But you're not bound by your name or by blood, you can create your own individual life.
"That's what this story is about."
Tui said the film had lots of trademark "Polynesian humour" and really shone a light on the indigenous people of New Zealand.
Films from across the ditch have been getting a lot of exposure and praise in recent years, in no small part thanks to writer/director/actor Taika Waititi.
Tui said Baron To'a shared similar themes to some of Waitit's most popular works.
"You look at Boy or Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and it's the same kind of thing, it's family and growth," he said.
"I think it absolutely has the ability to be a success like those films."
Tui said Baron To'a had some "rip-roaring action" that would excite audiences.
"I say it's like a Marvel film on a domestic budget," he said.
"And I'll stand by that! You'll see me outside the cinema with a big smile on my face, because I believe it."
Tui said he was thrilled to bring the film to Campbelltown, especially given the strong New Zealand and Australian indigenous community in the area, and encouraged everyone to come out and see the film.
The meet and greet session will be held from 6.30pm.
Fellow cast members Jay Laga'aia (Star Wars episodes II and III) and Uli Latukefu (Danger Close, Doctor Doctor) will also be at the screening with director Keil McNaughton and producer Kerry Warkia.
Tickets are $27 adult and are selling fast from eventcinemas.com.au.
The film will have a limited release from March 15 and will play at Event Cinemas in Campbelltown, Macquarie, Burwood, Liverpool, Castle Hill, Parramatta and Glendale.