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In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations to begin his "Merantau" a century's old rites-of-passage to be carried out by the community's young men that will see him leave the comforts of his idyllic farming village and make a name for himself in the bustling city of Jakarta. After a series of setbacks leave Yuda homeless and uncertain about his new future, a chance encounter results in him defending the orphaned Astri from becoming the latest victim of a European human trafficking ring led by the wildly psychotic, Ratger and his right-hand man Lars. With Ratger injured in the mêlée and seeking both his "merchandise" and bloody retribution, Yuda's introduction to this bustling city is a baptism of fire as he is forced to go on the run with Astri and her younger brother Adit as all the pimps and gangsters that inhabit the night hound the streets chasing their every step. With escape seemingly beyond their grasp, Yuda has no ... Written by
PT. Merantau Films
Gareth Evans met Iko Uwais when he was hired to make a documentary film on Silat produced by Christine Hakim production company. Impressed by the young man's screen presence, Evans casts him as the leading role for his first action movie. See more »
In the fight towards the end, the crowbar used by Luc appears to bend when struck against the Yuda's rod, indicating it's a rubber prop. See more »
A potent blend of full-throttle, adrenaline rush of action with Indonesian martial arts, Merantau tells the tale of Yuda, who follows his family tradition of transitioning from adolescence to manhood through experience & success, only to find himself being chased in the underworld of human trafficking after he saved a girl from her abusive boss. Though pacing is slow in the first half, it revitalizes itself superbly in the second half, setting a ferocious pace & some genre- defining action sequences that continues till the very end. Featuring a decent story & fair performances yet stylishly directed, effectively paced & wonderfully choreographed, Merantau may not have much for all viewers but it is surely one hell of an entertainer that will satisfy most action film fans in more ways than one.
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