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Jakarta Post

Meet TikTok’s plot twist king from Indonesia

  • Raka Ibrahim


Jakarta   /   Wed, February 24 2021   /  01:00 am
David Soerdjana's smile and shrug always ends his videos. The signature move is a big part in his TikTok account's success.(Courtesy of of

Picture the scene: a well-dressed young man is purchasing gorengan (fried snacks) from a roadside stall. As he reaches for his wallet, a girl snatches his bag of gorengan and runs away. The young man gives chase, following the girl into a dilapidated shack. Peeking inside, he sees the girl giving his bag of gorengan to her ailing grandmother. He introduces himself to the family, smiles knowingly at the girl, and walks away while shrugging to the audience. There are just a few problems. The dialogue and acting are wooden at best. The plot is jumpy, reminiscent of a soap opera. Then there are the finer details. No self-respecting Indonesian would serve the famously oily gorengan to a sickly, coughing grandmother. And most importantly, we see the girl entering a rickety wooden shack. Yet when the man steps inside, he inexplicably finds them in a simple but comfortable brick and mortar ro...