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Director:
Writers:
Gareth Evans (written by)
Daiwanne Ralie (translation)
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Release Date:
5 November 2009 (Singapore) See more »
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Tagline:
Every journey must begin with one small step. See more »
Plot:
In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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Merantau Warrior is super awesome! See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Iko Uwais ... Yuda
Sisca Jessica ... Astri

Christine Hakim ... Wulan

Mads Koudal ... Ratger
Yusuf Aulia ... Adit

Alex Abbad ... Johni

Yayan Ruhian ... Eric
Laurent Buson ... Luc

Donny Alamsyah ... Yayan
Ratna Galih ... Ayi
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Philip Hersh ... Ratger (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Gareth Evans 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gareth Evans  written by
Daiwanne Ralie  translation

Produced by
Rangga Maya Barack-Evans .... executive producer
Daiwanne Ralie .... line producer
Ario Sagantoro .... producer
 
Original Music by
Aria Prayogi 
Fajar Yuskemal 
 
Cinematography by
Matt Flannery (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gareth Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Eni Sulismi .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Satrio Budiono .... sound designer
Satrio Budiono .... sound re-recording mixer
Ichsan Rachmaditta .... foley artist
Suhadi .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Didik Juwandi A. .... roto team
 
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Robin De Lano .... dubbing voice
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Merantau Warrior" - Singapore (English title), UK (DVD box title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong bloody violence, and language
Runtime:
Indonesia:134 min (director's cut) | 106 min (international cut version)
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Color (HD)
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During the first part of the movie which tells Yuda's daily life with his mother and brother, half of the dialogs are in Minang language (one of more than 500 local dialects and languages in Indonesia), and have to be subtitled into Indonesian in the Indonesian released.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In Jakarta Yuda calls his mother, who live on other island, from a public phone. Jakarta public phone doesn't serve inter-city calls and the coins he uses are not enough for long conversation (in the international version, the conversation is much shorter than in the Indonesian version).See more »
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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Merantau Warrior is super awesome!, 2 July 2010
Author: lucius_420 from Austin, Texas

Action for the guys and drama for the girls, what more can you ask from a movie? I just cannot say enough good things about this movie and I really could not fathom how it could garner a negative review at all. I watched Merantau some months ago and I just finished watching it a second time. I had forgotten it a bit, but as soon as it started I remembered everything and how amazingly good it is. I was noticing that part of it at the end reminded me a little of Tony Jaa at the end of Protector, but I do not think it was a copy of it at all. Another thing is that even though the Indonesians are right to praise this new movie of theirs, and Iko Uwais did show us some really great acting and martial arts skills, I still would not go as far as to say that Iko is better at either one than Tony, especially since the latter has more films under his belt (more experience, hello?). Tony Jaa has joined the ranks of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Donnie Yen, and Jet Li as the greatest martial arts movie heroes. If you are a martial arts movie fanatic as I am and you analyze Ong Bak 2 then you cannot argue with this statement. Iko Uwais is also really awesome and I see good things happening for him. He might join those ranks one day, we'll wait eagerly to see what he does next.

The fighting choreography I thought was really fantastic. I really thought Iko added a lot of feeling into his actions and I liked how it made me feel that it was realistic in the way that people who get punched and kicked a lot start to stagger a bit even when they're fighting for their lives. The actress who played the mother character was also really great even though her role wasn't too long. I was preparing to steel myself to the agony of watching the two Americans doing their super cliché way that they are always portrayed in any Asian film, but I was pleasantly surprised in their commitment to character and they made convincing bad guys. Lots of good acting and directing all around. The camera, sound, lighting, and editing were all very fine. The music was especially good in places. The script is so good that this time I shed some tears. I almost never cry, especially during my action movies, but this one is so good. Great plot! The entire story ties itself together really well from beginning to end and is told in the traditional way of the ancient storytellers. What transpires between the hero and the bad guys' main bounty hunter is truly one of the best parts of the movie. There are other places where philosophy and political statements are blatantly obvious, but it really shines between these two warriors on opposite sides of the battlefield. I really think many young people, the ones who have to struggle through this often harsh world and suffer terribly when there is no one to help them, would really sympathize and feel a connection for the story and the main character who looks quite young himself. It irritates me very much that millions of action fans in my home country in the United States have never seen or heard of this movie. Needless to say I am also extremely upset about many really great foreign films not seeing the light of day here especially when many of them outshine the awful vomit Hollywood spews in my face on a constant basis.

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