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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 »

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Action | Drama

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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 »

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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 »

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The blood from Ratger's face becomes pink when it touches his shirt. See more »

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Astri: That's bullshit. Anything I earn on stage is mine and you know it.
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Exceed my expectation
20 November 2009 | by adhiparSee all my reviews

As my comment's title says "exceed my expectation", first, here's my expectation : It's been more than 15 years that no martial arts movie is made in Indonesia. Especially the one that bring traditional 'pencak silat' style. So, my expectation in this movie is to see some good fights along the story plot. Same expectation when I go to watch Tony Jaa's Ong Bak 1/2 or the Protector.

However, this film deliver more then expected. Iko Uwais is good fighter and really can act. Well-pace (a bit slow at start), solid action, nice camera work, brave-stunts, and the hero is just a human after all.

The director surely know a lot about pencak silat and how to show it's beauty to audience. The 'street fight' style really gives new air to this martial art. Since pencak silat choreography I have ever seen is more like a group dance.

Of course there are some flaws, but I was surprise that it was way less than expected. So, I give it 8/10 for a martial art film. If you want to see a fresh martial arts move with quite decent story and acting, go see this one.


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