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Reminiscing the glorious past of Indonesian films

  • Er Audy Zandri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 28 2011   /  10:49 am

It’s a bit annoying that decomposing bodies, called by different names according to the way they are wrapped in white cloth, is the dominant element of Indonesia’s long spanning movie scene – starting from 1926 with roughly 3,000 titles.

Throw in some hot babes – preferably those who don’t mind to be scantily clad -, ship them off to some island or remote area that doesn’t necessarily exist on the map, get the animated decomposing bodies to scare them around a bit and voila! You have a plot.

If additional flavor is needed, get someone pregnant. If other pathetic efforts for a plot fail, get two stars quarreling on set – for real if they have to - and boom! You’ve got a unique selling point.

Regular people would be moved by these movies - away from their seats, while smart people would stay well clear of them. Luckily, modern Indonesian movies do not ...