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Literary hit arrives on silver screen to much acclaim

  • Iskandar Liem

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 5 2008   /  10:40 am

Among five local films released last month that caught spend-happy audiences of the holiday season, only one was preceded by a massive buzz which helped it to skyrocket past its competition to a much deserved position of relative commercial and critical success. Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Soldiers) opened ten days ago at approximately 25 screens in cinemas around Jakarta, many of which were full houses. This success prompted cinemas to allocate additional screens the following day, almost doubling the film's initial coverage. Coupled with the fact that critics from various publications had clamored to lavish praise on it (present company included), the film may well have a good shot at outdoing Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love)'s box office success earlier this year. Laskar is a film adaptation of Andrea Hirata's literary phenomenon that first appeared on shelves in 20...