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Merantau (2009)

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

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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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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pt. Merantau Films See more »
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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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How this tumbles the last decade of MA movies
17 March 2010 | by amrllicaSee all my reviews

For The Past ten years or so ever since the matrix came out and dazzle our eyes with fancy moves and dashing kicks, all MA movies tried to copy it out from small punches to the high kicks but they forgot that MA is more than CGI ,Flying and impossible jumps. Mernatu came after 25years or so dry spell from Indonesia and you might be thankful for that.

The movie plot and story simple in alota ways with subplot about life,parenthood,love and the underworld. what makes this movie so good is that the action is action no fakes or flaps, when they slug out they do slug it out, they use every kind of weapon near by, the hero get hit and hit back (that's what seems to allude others as the hero is untouchable even the Chinese and Asian movies falls in this pit recently)

In the end Merantau is A solid film, I enjoy and am sure others will enjoy it MA fan or not. I've never heard of Silat before this film but I can feel it's little more than a form of fighting rather than a way to explore one soul.


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