The Jakarta Post
Wiro Sableng (Vino G. Bastian, left) tries to catch his powerful axe, Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212, in front of his teacher Sinto Gendeng (Ruth Marini). (Lifelike Pictures channel on YouTube/File)
Wiro Sableng (Vino G. Bastian), the main character in the Indonesian action film Wiro Sableng, uses the mighty axe Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212 as his weapon.
After inheriting it from his teacher Sinto Gendeng (Ruth Marini), the film the powerful weapon’s path to have the numbers 212 engraved on it.
As the film’s production designer, Adrianto Sinaga has been involved in all visual aspects of the film. “Regarding inspiration, when I read the script, there was one thing in my head: How to make it into an action film that, when people watch it, they know this is an Indonesian film. Starting from the setting, costume, weapon -- everything is inspired by Indonesia,” said Andrianto at the launch of the film’s trailer on May 11 at Plaza Indonesia, Central Jakarta.
Andrianto also had his own story related to Wiro’s axe. “I saw the axe’s old design beforehand and, I didn’t know why, I felt it was lacking Indonesian [elements],” Andrianto said, adding that at that time he directly thought of Pamor Keris patterns.
He then collaborated with Chris Lie, founder of Caravan Studio, to create almost 10 to 15 designs. Caravan Studio also designs Wiro Sableng’s official merchandise.
“We did it for almost two to three months,” said Andrianto. In a discussion with producer Sheila Timothy, they wanted to include certain textures that represent the axe’s character, such as fire, wind, water and soil. “For the wind element, for example, we took the idea from the Megamendung batik pattern, but we modernized it a little bit.”
The costume for female warrior Anggini (Sherina Munaf) also had a touch of ulos (traditional batik fabric). “If you pay attention, we took the idea from different parts of Indonesia, but we processed it in such a way to make the cutting look more modern,” Andrianto said.
Scheduled for release in August, Wiro Sableng also stars Dwi Sasono, Marsha Timothy, Dian Sidik, Lukman Sardi and Yayan Ruhian. (wng)