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This movie follows the story of the Indonesian heroine named Kartini. In the early 1900s, when Indonesia was still a colony of the Netherlands, women weren't allowed to get higher education. Kartini grew up to fight for equality for women.


Hanung Bramantyo
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Credited cast:
Dian Sastrowardoyo ... Kartini
Reza Rahadian Reza Rahadian ... Kartono
Adinia Wirasti ... Soelastri
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Djenar Maesa Ayu Djenar Maesa Ayu ... Moeryam
Ayushita Ayushita ... Kardinah
Rianti Cartwright Rianti Cartwright ... Wilhelmina
Hans de Kraker Hans de Kraker ... Ovink-Soer
Nova Eliza Nova Eliza ... Ngasirah Muda
Christine Hakim ... Ngasirah
Jeroen Lezer Jeroen Lezer ... Governor General Willem Rooseboom
Arjan Onderdenwijngaard Arjan Onderdenwijngaard ... Doctor (as Arie Jan Hendrik)
Rebecca Reijman Rebecca Reijman ... Stella Zeehandelaar
Dwi Sasono Dwi Sasono ... Raden Adipati Joyodiningrat
Acha Septriasa ... Roekmini
Denny Sumargo Denny Sumargo ... Slamet


This is a story about the most famous Indonesian heroine, Kartini. In the early 1900s, Indonesia was still a colony of the Netherlands, Java is a land where noble families rule under Dutch supervision. Only noble and royal family were able to get education. Women weren't allowed to get higher education, even for women of royal blood. Women in the Javanese culture only had one purpose - to be a bride for a man with royal blood. Kartini grew up to fight this caste system, fight for equality for women, and most importantly she fought for the right for everyone to get an education regardless of their social status or gender. This is an emotional journey of Kartini where she had to defy her own family, her own culture and she had to fight to change in rules and traditions that were considered sacred in Java. Written by Anon

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Most of the dialogue on this movie will use Dutch and Javanese language, Acha Septriasa who portrayed Kartini's sister having a struggle during the reading. See more »


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Freedom and devotion, the inspiring story of Kartini
22 April 2017 | by andisboedimanSee all my reviews

One of the most beautiful moment is the dialog between Ngasirah (Christine Hakim) and Kartini (Dian Sastrowardoyo).

"What can I learn from Dutch?" ask Ngasirah. "Freedom," Kartini answer. "And what you learn from Javanese?" ask Ngasirah again. Kartini shakes her head. "It's Devotion" Ngasirah said.

This dialog encapsulate the entire story of the film. To understand the social fabric of the era, feudalism and colonialism were deeply entrenched in the Indies system. They contributes to the pattern of patriarchy in almost all indigenous households, where a man dominates the economic, political, and even social interests of women. So most character in this story face the same challenge, including Kartini, Ngasirah, Raden Mas Adipati Ario Sosroningrat and Moeryam.

This is the best biopic by Hanung Bramantyo and beautifully shot by Faozan Rizal. Dian Sastro is able to carry the weight of the film. Stellar performance by Christine Hakim as Ngasirah and Deddy Sutomo as Raden Mas Adipati Ario Sosroningrat. Reza Rahadian and Adinia Wirasti appears only as a cameo though.

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Release Date:

19 April 2017 (Indonesia) See more »

Also Known As:

Kartini: Princess of Java See more »

Filming Locations:

Surabaya, Indonesia


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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