The Jakarta Post
The poster for Joko Anwar's 'Gundala'. (Gundala/File)
Seven days since it hit local cinemas, Indonesian superhero film Gundala has reportedly drawn more than 1 million moviegoers.
Directed and penned by Joko Anwar, the film is adapted from the 1960s comic book series by Harya “Hasmi” Suryaminata.
“Alhamdulillah [thank God] audiences of Indonesian films can accept this new genre movie. Hopefully it serves as an opportunity for Indonesian filmmakers to create movies with new themes and genres – not be stuck in a common genre,” wrote Joko Anwar on Twitter.
1 juta. Alhamdulillah penonton film Indonesia bisa menerima film dgn genre baru. Semoga ini berarti sineas Indonesia sekarang punya kesempatan bikin film dgn tema & genre baru, tidak terpaku dgn tema yang sudah sering dibuat. Perfilman Indonesia menarik sekali ke depannya! pic.twitter.com/cc1FlvSo7a— Joko Anwar (@jokoanwar) September 4, 2019
Gundala follows the story of Sancaka (Abimana Aryasatya) who is on his way to find himself and later becomes a superhero. The movie is set as the gate to the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe, which will feature other local superheroes.
The flick is set to have its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Released on Aug. 29, Gundala features numerous Indonesian actors, namely Abimana Aryasatya, Muzakki Ramdhan, Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Ario Bayu, Lukman Sardi and Cecep Arif Rahman, among others. (wir/kes)
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