What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?, the sequel to the internationally acclaimed box-office hit Once Were Warriors, is based on New Zealand author Alan Duff's 1997 award-winning novel of the same name.
Jake the Muss is up to his old tricks. He and his fists are a regular feature at McClutchy's Bar, but now he has a new woman on his arm. He has turned his back on his family after his wife Beth and their children left him to seek a life beyond violence and uncertainty.
But after his eldest son is killed in a gang fight, Jake has an explosive confrontation with his family which sets him on a downward spiral. Rejected by his family and his new girlfriend, banned from his home away from home at the bar, and humiliated in front of his mates, Jake crumbles.
Just when it seems everyone has had enough of Jake Heke, he encounters two Maori brothers Kohi and Gary Douglas, who equal him in power and strength but regard his fighter's life as a foolish waste. The pair set him on the path to redemption.
But while Jake is struggling with him own demons, his second son Sonny has teamed up with his older brother's bereft girlfriend to try and avenge his brother's death. Sonny and Tania join a rival gang in order to muster their support. They are soon drawn deeper and deeper into the violent vortex of gang life, but when Sonny realizes the gang will never help them avenge Nig, he decides to go it alone. He gets retribution, but sparks a gang war.
Jake decides to put aside the anger that alienates him from his son, and go to his aid. But tragedy has already struck?
1999 New Zealand Film Awards:
Best Supporting Actor
Best Costume Design