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BATTLE OF SURABAYA recounts to you the adventure of Musa, a spontaneous, brave, thirteen-year-old shoe shiner, who makes a living under the pressure of necessity or poverty in the era of World War II. Meeting with Musa, Yumna has turned her life into a more colorful journey. Captain Yoshimura hopes that the war could be ended soon. He misses his wife and his daughter, Kioko, in Tokyo. Mr. Yoshimura helps Indonesia reach her freedom and then he can go back to his country. He has known Musa since he was a child. He is like Musa's father. Although life is not easy, Musa leads a life patiently. To Musa, life is a choice. As a matter of fact, being a shoe shiner is not bad; still, such a job less leads to what he is struggling for, that is to say: patriotic spirit and peace, both based on divine values. Physically he is only a teenager; however, mentally he is a hero. He makes up his mind of choosing a job as a courier. Here, he is not a courier who merely delivers common letters, but the ...Written by
As an Indonesian, I was really excited when this movie came out, me and my friends were planning to watch the movie together as the trailer was really amazing, oh, did I say that the movie wins the "Golden Trailer Award"?. However it is definitely not worth spending 20 quids on this H̶o̶r̶r̶i̶b̶l̶e̶ ahem, 'movie'. So ladies and gentlemen I present my review on this movie.
-STORY/PLOT (OR WHATEVER): I love Indonesia's history, ask me anything regarding Indonesia, and I will answer it in a matter of seconds. However this was my first time hearing about the "Peristiwa 10 November" or is known as "Battle of Surabaya" internationally. So I thought I could learn a thing or two about the war that took place in Surabaya on November, but no, basically first quarter of the movie, we were introduced to a person called Musa, which was a young lad who works as an ordinary mailman and cleans people's shoes as side job. And then we had Yumna, Musa's crush, and Danu whom I forgot what role he had (but he was definitely one of the main characters). Instead of focusing on telling what really happened in detail, the producers of the movie decided to focus more on romance, and this turned out to be really annoying as literally, almost 70% of this movie was romance (they should rename the title to "Romance of Surabaya" hahaha, no I am serious), oh and the romance was not even good. Story was not explained clearly, I was having difficulty coping up with the storyline. What a disaster.
-ART/ANIMATION: Okay, the animation or art is actually really good! I really have to give credit to Indonesia for this. Characters designs were really well done. the Environment design was breathtaking, every single sky, bird, tree was absolutely stunning. However, the animation isn't really that amazing if you compared it to let say, Japan animations, Nevertheless, GOOD JOB INDONESIA!.
-Audio/Sound: With Maudy Ayunda casting as one of the main characters, what can go wrong?. Moreover, the opening and ending songs were the creations of Maudy, if you don't know who Maudy is, google her, you will thank me later.
-Characters: All three main casts had horrendous characters, plain, boring, dull, and inconsistent.
-Enjoyment: Except for the art, and sound, this movie is not enjoyable at all. the target audience for this movie was all ages, but as a 19 years old teenager, I certainly did not enjoy the movie at all.
-Conclusion: In conclusion, Battle of Surabaya is not anywhere close to perfect, the plot was not clear, the characters are not well thought, they were inconsistent, plain, and dull. Additionally This movie focuses on romance instead of educating people about what really happened at Surabaya, and the romance was not anywhere near good. On the other hand, the art and animation are superbs, furthermore, the audio and sound are also good. But honestly, what a let down.
If you seek to learn about what really happened at Surabaya on 1945, do not even bother to check this movie out. I did not learn anything from the movie, even online wikis do better job explaining than this movie (and its FREE!!!). And do not be fooled by the high ratings. I honestly do not understand how this movie managed to get rating above 5.
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