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Headshot (2016)

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Uwais plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.


Timo Tjahjanto
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Credited cast:
Iko Uwais ... Ishmael
Chelsea Islan ... Ailin
Sunny Pang ... Lee
Very Tri Yulisman ... Besi
Julie Estelle ... Rika
Ario Bayu ... Jakarta Police Captain
Yayu A.W. Unru Yayu A.W. Unru ... Romli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ganindra Bimo Ganindra Bimo ... Bondi
Egy Fedly Egy Fedly ... Gang Boss Anto
Hirooki Goto Hirooki Goto ... Japanese Gangster
Gusti Achmad Habibi Gusti Achmad Habibi ... Sickly Inmate
David Hendrawan David Hendrawan ... Tejo
Epy Kusnandar Epy Kusnandar ... Romli
Zack Lee ... Tano
Udeh Nans Udeh Nans ... Bus Thug


Uwais plays a young man who washes ashore, an amnesiac with a serious head injury whose past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor. Violence ensues. Sweet, sweet violence.

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Indonesian | English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рейд: Пуля в голове See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two interesting name that used in this movie is "Abdi" which can mean "Servant" in Indonesia n language. The second one is "Besi" that literally mean "Steel" in Indonesian or Malay language. See more »


When Ishmael is questioned by the police officer, he is chained to the table. Once the people to kill him arrive and he fights one of them, he is still chained to the table. In some shots, his chains are not seen and have obviously been forgotten. See more »


Lee: And now you can go to the hospital and check it out.
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Gory, Thrilling, Funny and Full of Twists and Turns
15 October 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

"The door swings both ways my friend." This is not something a maximum security prison guard likes to hear when facing a dangerous psychopath and skilled fighter who appears, with the help of insiders, to be on the verge of a break out attempt. The prison guard, as may be expected, is not long for this world. The man he faced, Lee, escapes from the prison over piles of injured and dead. By force of will and fist, Lee re-assumes command of a fearsome gang and drug distributing territory, but he is searching for someone that he desperately needs. The man he is looking for was admitted to the hospital with severe head trauma and amnesia. In the hospital, a burning bus, shadowy warehouse and the remains of a shattered police station, we begin to understand the stories of the two opposing characters. A doctor, Ailin, gets caught in the middle.

This gory, raw and darkly humorous film contains some amazing scenes and lines, especially in the first half. The main characters, both good and evil, repeatedly defy the odds as well as expectations. There are a lot of broken bones and buckets of blood are spilled. I like how the fighters make mistakes in judgment, such as impulsively swinging a machete at someone and not realizing there is an iron beam blocking your arm. These mistakes accord with human nature. Too often in films, action films in particular, the characters and scenes seem devoid of such substance, black and white and no gray in between. In another example of this, Lee chides Ailin; "You should have stabbed me here (points to artery), I thought you were a doctor."

Headshot also includes thrilling music, romances between beautiful people, and unexpected twists and turns. I love the frequent nods to Herman Melville. Even the main character of Headshot is tagged with the nickname of Ishmael, the narrator of Moby Dick. Headshot's theme echoes a theme of Moby Dick; what it means to be strong. The last half of the film is tamer and blander than the first, yet it is still thrilling. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

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