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Merantau (2009)

A young man from the countryside uses his skills in silat martial arts to survive the slave trade.

Director:

Gareth Evans

Writers:

Gareth Evans, Daiwanne Ralie (translation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Iko Uwais ... Yuda
Sisca Jessica Sisca Jessica ... Astri
Christine Hakim ... Wulan
Mads Koudal ... Ratger
Yusuf Aulia Yusuf Aulia ... Adit
Alex Abbad ... Johni
Yayan Ruhian ... Eric
Laurent Buson Laurent Buson ... Luc
Donny Alamsyah Donny Alamsyah ... Yayan
Ratna Galih Ratna Galih ... Ayi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Libby Brien ... Wulan (voice)
Raiya Galih Raiya Galih ... Ayi
Rahyma Yanii Rahyma Yanii ... Eli
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Storyline

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

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Every journey must begin with one small step. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

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 »

Quotes

Astri: That's bullshit. Anything I earn on stage is mine and you know it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Raid 2 (2014) See more »

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2 hour of bone breaking
9 August 2009 | by doddypkiSee all my reviews

i can divide this movie into two parts first 15 minutes, the drama part, here we see the background story of the movie. we'll be introduce to the main character, too bad i can understand "bahasa Padang" but there is an English subtitle ( which sometime is not accurate)

second part the FIGHT part this what i like..... fight, fight, and more fight the martial art choreography is pretty much similar to tony jaa but....i don't care, this Iko can really kick ass

though this movie is not perfect, but i recommend this movie to all of action martial art movie mania

7/8


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Indonesia

Language:

Indonesian | English

Release Date:

5 November 2009 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Merantau See more »

Filming Locations:

Jakarta, Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,660
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pt. Merantau Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (international cut) | (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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