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Jakarta Post

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 5 2010   /  01:57 pm

A band of heroic guerrilla soldiers carry on with their fight against the returning Dutch troops in Darah Garuda (Blood of Eagles), the second installment the Merah Putih (Red and White) trilogy.When I got the invitation for the screening of Darah Garuda, I could not help but ask this question: “Would the film fall as flat as its predecessor? Or would it be better?” A year ago, US producer Rob Allyn brought to the screen the struggle of a few young Indonesian freedom fighters who defended their country’s independence in a war movie titled Merah Putih, set in 1947, when the resistance movement fought the incursion of returning Dutch troops. The first film was directed by Yadi Sugandi (who previously helmed films like Laskar Pelangi [Rainbow Warrior], Under the Tree and The Photograph). Merah Putih was an introduction to the characters who made transition from young men to become gro...