The Jakarta Post
'Sembilan' is a horror-thriller series directed by Razaisyam Rashid, featuring Atiqah Hasiholan and Bima Azriel. (GoPlay/File)
Two Astro Original series featuring Indonesian and Malaysian talent are currently being streamed on video-on-demand (VOD) platform GoPlay until July 22.
The airing of action series Do[s]a (Sin) and horror-thriller series Sembilan (Nine) is part of GoPlay's Film and Online Series Festival, which aims to aid film workers whose livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both series were penned by award-winning Indonesian scriptwriter Salman Aristo (Ayat-ayat Cinta, Laskar Pelangi) and developed by Wahana Kreator Nusantara, a story-development company cofounded by Salman.
Directed by Ifa Isfansyah (Laskar Pelangi, Garuda di Dadaku), the eight-episode Do[s]a follows a martial arts trainer named Latif (Datuk M. Natsir) who is haunted by his past. Latif lives in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur alongside his three sons and one daughter. After his daughter is kidnapped, his sons decide to travel to Indonesia to bring their little sister back. Other cast members in this series include Roy Marten, the late Ashraf Sinclair, Reuben Elishama, Remy Ishak and Hisham Hamid.
Do[s]a dan Sembilan adalah serial yang akan selalu spesial buat saya sebagai kreator dan juga untuk Wahana Kreator yang mengembangak ceritanya. Bersama rekan pemain dan kru produksi yang luar biasa dedikasinya, kami mewujudkannya. Kami bersama Astro berusaha untuk mendorong batas-batas baru dalam pembuatan serial dengan visi nusantara. Cerita yang mengakar, relevan sekaligus berusaha keras menawarkan nilai lebih untuk penonton. Sekarang, setelah merambah Malaysia dan mendapatkan apresiasi secara regional, dua serial ini akhirnya bisa dinikmati publik Indonesia lewat @goplayindonesia dalam rangka Festival Film dan Serial online selama satu bulan. Semoga makin bisa memperkaya dunia cerita kita semua.
Sembilan, helmed by Razaisyam Rashid, follows Rimbun (Atiqah Hasiholan) whose son Taduh (Bima Azriel) mysteriously goes missing. The 10-episode series also stars Endhita Wibisono, Roy Marten, Beto Kusyairy, Luqman Hafids and Sara Ali.
"We're thrilled to be able to present Do[s]a and Sembilan from Astro, which feature a tremendous collaboration of Indonesian and Malaysian talent. This shows that the Indonesian film industry already possesses international quality and capability in film making," said GoPlay marketing VP Sasha Sunu in a statement.
Established in 2019, GoPlay is a VOD platform under tech giant Gojek that aims to provide a platform for local filmmakers and make high quality Indonesian films more accessible. (wir/kes)
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