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Credited cast:
Rangga Raditya Rangga Raditya ... Guntur
Lucky Martin Lucky Martin ... Sosok Raden
Surya Saputra Surya Saputra
Mamiek Prakoso Mamiek Prakoso
Ariyo Wahab Ariyo Wahab
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Argo Aa Jimmy Argo Aa Jimmy
Jonathan Christie Jonathan Christie
Asrul Dahlan Asrul Dahlan
Wulan Guritno Wulan Guritno
Swie King Liem Swie King Liem
Gery Puraatmadja Gery Puraatmadja
Yatti Surachman Yatti Surachman ... (as Yati Surachman)
Valerie Thomas Valerie Thomas ... Michelle
Wawan Wanisar Wawan Wanisar


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Drama | Family | Sport







Release Date:

25 June 2009 (Indonesia) See more »

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Alenia Pictures See more »
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Another poor boy's dream come true
23 August 2009 | by historianbluesSee all my reviews

'King', I think, is a good material for film festivals. We know those festival crowds like films with nice panoramic views of 'exotic' places and the story of a poor third-worldian clawing his way to the top. But I put myself in the place of a child—which is, if I'm not mistaken, the main target of this film—and I feel rather bored by it. Don't misunderstand me. It's a good film, with a heart-wrenching story of a poor boy named after Lim Swie King's Indonesian name, Guntur; if Bayu in 'Garuda' was prevented from playing football, Guntur carried the burden of his namesake and his father's dreams of having a famous badminton-player son. But poverty came in the way: Guntur was defeated time and again because his dad couldn't even afford a proper racket that would not come away when he smashed the shuttlecock with all his might. And then came the news: PB Djarum, again not a made-up institution, the most successful badminton club in Indonesia (unfortunately supported by a tobacco company), would give scholarships to talented young players. But they must come from badminton academies… Comedian Mamiek Prakoso showed a jaw-dropping performance as the main character's father, and Ariyo Wahab was truly an eyecandy for us girls. And like I said, the story's good, but if we just erase the character played by Jeremy Thomas's daughter—that little girl who couldn't even speak Indonesian well because her mother chose to send her to an 'international' school and speaks in English to her even at home—and Wulan Guritno (who played the girl's mother), it wouldn't do anything much to the plot. In short, an excess of 'rich, urban' ladies just to sweeten the village setting a bit (which is fine without them, actually). If they disappear in smoke, the film would be more interestingly shorter and not so dragging.

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