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Merantau (2009)

A young man from the countryside uses his skills in silat martial arts to survive the slave trade.

Director:

Gareth Evans

Writers:

Gareth Evans, Daiwanne Ralie (translation)
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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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, and language | See all certifications »

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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Astri: That's bullshit. Anything I earn on stage is mine and you know it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Art of Action: Gareth Evans - Episode 5 (2020) See more »

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A new Martial Arts Star has emerged with a refreshing new Martial Arts Style!! Man, I love Asian Cinema!!
18 June 2011 | by GoonJakeshSee all my reviews

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The above review sums it up best. I'm a Martial Arts trainee myself (Tae Kwon Do and Capoeira) and after watching this flick I feel Iko Uwais will add to the world of MA styles and techniques and become a rather recognizable star if only given a chance. A big mistake is to compare Uwais to Jaa which I see many fans of this genre do. Although its true that the films plot was very much like Ong Baks, the fighting however, was way more real than the ones done in Ong Bak. The film did not portray Uwais's role as a 'master' in Silat - it portrayed him as a 'young', 'innocent' newbie exposed to the dangers outside his village, and because he was lightly skilled in the arts of fighting and defending - he managed to stand up against the villains. It was believable in the end. Those that regard this film a lame martial arts film - are not into martial arts at all, and last but not least they don't understand it. In reality, exercising martial arts in a real upfront combat is far from appealing like depicted in any of Van Damme, Jason Statham, Scott Adkins and/or Michael J. Whites movies. This film was so realistic that it's hard for me to believe that they used any special effects or stunt-men at all in any of the fighting scenes.

I give Merentau plot 5/10 - while the fighting scenes and especially the new star an 8/10.

In other words - a great film for martial arts lovers (introduces a new style of fighting to the International audience which always is a thumbs up), while not so good for those into 'storylines' and 'acting' etc.

Watch it by removing any prejudices beforehand, don't compare it to something else, and I will guarantee you that those almost two hours of your time will not be disappointing.


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,660
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Production Co:

Pt. Merantau Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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