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Jakarta Post

`MERANTAU' revives Indonesia's martial arts in film

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 2 2009   /  01:12 pm

Years ago, Indonesia's martial arts movies like Si Pitung (the Robin Hood of Betawi) or Si Buta dari Gua Hantu (the Blind Man from the Ghost Cave) were the must-see movies for all movie goers, depicting the power and beauty of the moves of pencak silat (traditional Indonesian martial art). The two action heroes were the idols of many people, from youngsters to adults, similar to Superman and Spiderman. The success of the movies was followed by colossal films, like Tutur Tinular or Babad Tanah Leluhur, and dozens of modern action movies that starred the martial arts actor Barry Prima. But the great phenomenon of these kinds of films, especially those portraying pencak silat, has been dormant for the last two decades. Indonesian producer Ario Sagantoro from PT Merantau Films and British director Gareth Huw Evans, are trying to bring back the glory days of pencak silat t...