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Mystics in Bali (1981)

Leák (original title)
Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leák, Cathy meets an evil witch which promises to train her in the dark arts. Tricked, Cathy is turned into a ... See full summary »

Director:

H. Tjut Djalil

Writers:

Putra Mada (novel), Jimmy Atmaja (scenario)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilona Agathe Bastian Ilona Agathe Bastian ... Catherine 'Cathy' Kean
Yos Santo Yos Santo ... Mahendra
Sofia W.D. Sofia W.D. ... Old Leák Queen (as Sofia WD)
W.D. Mochtar W.D. Mochtar ... Machesse
Debbie Cinthya Dewi Debbie Cinthya Dewi ... Young Leák Queen
Itje Trisnawati Itje Trisnawati
Ketut Suwita Ketut Suwita
Dis I Gusti Ngurah Lanang Jugutkarana Dis I Gusti Ngurah Lanang Jugutkarana ... (as Drs I Gusti Ngurah Lanang Jagat Karana)
Teddy Riady Teddy Riady
I Gusti Ngurah Oka Ayajimbaran I Gusti Ngurah Oka Ayajimbaran ... (as I Gusti Ngurah Oka Aryajimbaran)
Dis I Gusti Lanang Agung Iswara Dis I Gusti Lanang Agung Iswara ... (as Drs I Gusti Lanang Agung Iswara)
Gusti Ngurah Futra Wiryanata Gusti Ngurah Futra Wiryanata ... (as I Gusti Ngurah Putra Wiryanata)
Atikah Atikah
Ida Ayn Trisnawati Ida Ayn Trisnawati
Luh Putu Triyata Luh Putu Triyata
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Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leák, Cathy meets an evil witch which promises to train her in the dark arts. Tricked, Cathy is turned into a Penanggalan; a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her neck. It is now up to the local holy men who are then enforced to do battle with the forces of evil. Written by Cinema_Fan

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The true Story of an AUSTRALIA girl who learn the mysticen of LEAK BALI. (Bali). The tremendous mysticen of LEAK Bali, is always feared the people of Bali ever and ever. [sic] See more »


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Country:

Indonesia | Australia

Language:

Indonesian

Release Date:

1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystics in Bali See more »

Filming Locations:

Negara, Indonesia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first true Indonesian horror film aimed at a western audience. See more »

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One of the men on the council Machesse leads says that the flying head was said to have light-colored hair (which would mean that she is a foreigner). However, she actually has dark hair. See more »

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Lips, Shadows
4 May 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Let me warn you that in terms of nearly every element this is just too cheesy to bear.

I came to this knowing something of its history. It is based on magical principles as described in what was thought to be an authoritative book, and had to be produced on another island for fear of "offending" Balinese. This was underwritten by the corrupt government as an attempt to get foreign currency.

The reason I was excited was because I know a bit about Balinese religion. Its a sort of Haiti/New Orleans of the Pacific where old pantheism and ancestor worship mixes with the colonial religion. In this case, that wrapper a strange brew of old Hinduism with Buddhist rituals. And the whole is surrounded geographically by strident Islam which tends to make the minority religion stronger.

I know, for instance, that ritual and theatrical displays are at the heart of this magic. And I know that it is highly cinematic in its potential. Julie Taymor's work, even with her recent Beatles project is based on this inner ritual. There's a powerful old film, "Legong" that captures a bit of the genuine stuff, and is pretty darn haunting.

So imagine my surprise to encounter not something Balinese or even magical but Starwars in Indonesian garb. Yes, folks, Star Wars, most particularly the second film (now numbered what, 5?). You have the two young skywalkers, Yoda, the senior Jedi, the evil dark emperor (here a witch). Yes, you even have the levitation and light saber effects. The telekinetic objects lifted and thrown in battle.

What's taken from the old magical tradition are the notion of a disembodied head with attached ka who stalks villagers as a vampire. And the special power of vaginal blood, especially when accompanied and caused by a miscarried or aborted fetus. Its powerful stuff but made comic here by the Ed Woodish nature of the thing.

Its a miss folks. Maybe next time.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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