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The Warrior (1981)

Jaka Sembung (original title)
Jaka Sembung is the leader of the rebel and a famous fighter that inspires people to fight the Dutch Colonial Government. The Dutch representative in Java offers a reward for his death and employs another mighty warrior to go after him.


Darto Juned (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Prima Barry Prima ... Jaka Sembung
W.D. Mochtar W.D. Mochtar ... Rawe Rontek
Dana Christina Dana Christina ... Maria Van Schram
Eva Arnaz Eva Arnaz ... Surti
Dorman Borisman Dorman Borisman
Rukman Herman Rukman Herman ... Letnan De Boer
H.I.M. Damsyik H.I.M. Damsyik ... (as I.M. Damsyik)
S. Parya S. Parya ... Kobar
S. Suryabrata S. Suryabrata ... Meneer Van Allen
El Koesno El Koesno ... (as El Kusno)
Dicky Zulkarnaen Dicky Zulkarnaen ... Captain Van Schram
Diana Suarkom Diana Suarkom
Eddy Bakar Pare Eddy Bakar Pare ... (as Eddy Baker Pare)
Rengga Takengon Rengga Takengon
Ali Albar Ali Albar
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Indonesia is a country in turmoil. The people are poor and oppressed by the Dutch Government. However, one hope remains in the form of rebel leader Jaka Sembung. His rebels and his famous fighting ability inspires the people to hang on. Van Shramm, the Dutch representative in Java offers a reward for the death of Sembung and employs a mighty warrior, the invincible Kobar, to go after him. One short fight later Kobar is dead and Van Shramm turns to a magician for him. The magician resurrects the deadly enemy of Sembung, Kieten, to take revenge. Kieten faces Sembung and defeats him - Sembung is imprisoned and blinded by the cruel Van Shramm. However, Van Shramm's daughter has fallen for Sembung and frees him. Sembung again faces Kieten and is overcome by his magic - finally being turned into a pig before escaping the prison. A kindly magician returns Sembung to his human form and teaches him new skills that he will need as he prepares to face Kieten for the final time. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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Super-serious Muslim martial arts from Indonesia
23 August 2009 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Indonesian martial arts flick. It's the kind of movie that reminds you that you haven't seen everything yet. It's incredibly bizarre. Not good, mind you, but so weird you can't help but like it. Action star Barry Prima stars as Jaka Sembung, a mighty mystical rebel trying to resist the rule of the evil Dutch. The governor of the island, a mutton-chopped maniac, hires a series of wacky wizard villains to dispatch Jaka. The film is extraordinarily brutal. The hero at one point gets his eyes stabbed out. The hero is Muslim, and at one point he's turned into a pig, which is probably even worse than being blinded by needles. This may not be very well done, but it's certainly never boring. In fact, I'd categorize it as a must-see for anyone who likes bat-crap insane movies.

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July 1981 (Indonesia) See more »

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