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'Wiro Sableng' star-studded cast to begin shooting Aug. 21

Liza Yosephine
Liza Yosephine

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, August 19, 2017  /  11:31 am
'Wiro Sableng' star-studded cast to begin shooting Aug. 21

Soon in the theaters: A remake of Wiro Sableng' will be released in 2018. (Lifelike Pictures and Fox International Productions/File)

Wiro Sableng, a classic fantasy warrior tale that has been adapted into a film in collaboration with a Hollywood production house behind its wheels, is set to start shooting in the West Java region on Aug. 21.

Under Jakarta-based Lifelike Pictures and Los Angeles-based Fox International Production, the film would retell the of story of Wiro Sableng, which was a popular novel and comic book series that were made into the notable television show in the 90s.

Vino G. Bastian is cast in the starring role as the mystical and comical warrior Wiro Sableng, which was created and penned by his late father, Bastian Tito, in the 1970s. 


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The star-studded cast include other notable Indonesia actors, such as Sherina Munaf, Marcella Zalianty, Lukman Sardi, Happy Salma, Cecep Arief Rahman, as well as Vino's off-screen wife Marsha Timothy. 

Sheila Timothy, the film's producer, announced recently that the film is ready to begin shooting after six months of production preparation. The cast and crew on Monday are set to embark on a shoot that would extend to almost four months long. 

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Wiro Sableng 212 is due to be released some time in 2018. 

Although she was nervous to adapt a story that's already well-known and has an established fan base, Sheila reassures that the film would be enjoyed by both fans and new audiences.

"We want this film to be loved by a new generation and that older generations fall back in love with it too," Sheila told reporters following a press conference to introduce the cast on Wednesday. 

The film is set to present a distinct Indonesian style to world audiences, with production designer Adrianto Sinaga explaining that the wardrobe, weapons and other props would be uniquely representing the archipelago. 

"I didn't want it to look like a martial arts film from China or Korea. The inspirations are all drawn from Indonesia," Adrianto said. 

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With the story set in 16th century Indonesia, Adrianto added that the film would adapt a modern take on traditional designs.

Film director Angga Dwimas Sasongko said Wiro Sableng would define Indonesian film, as it is set to highlight unique elements from the nation, such displays of pencak silat (a traditional martial art), signature textiles and other cultural nods to the archipelago. 

Fighting choreographer Yayan Ruhian has been assigned to design the set of movements in every action scene for the cast. Yayan would work together with fighting director Chang Man Ching, who would translate the set of choreography into cinematic frames. 

"We go straight into the action on our first day," Angga said. (kes)

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