Indonesia’s Version of Tony Jaa Busts Heads and Bones in Merantau

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Merantau (aka Warrior, 2009) Movie PosterLet’s face it, Iko Uwais just doesn’t roll off the tongue like Tony Jaa. But you know what will look pretty damn good onscreen? The baby-faced Iko Uwais (who actually has a passing resemblance to Jaa) kicking the living tar out of everyone onscreen. That’s what it looks like he does for much of the film, too, after a brief 10 or so minutes of character development, which basically has him leaving his quiet village for the big city, where he encounters some bad guys and the ass whuppin’ begins. Check out a trailer and stills from the new Indonesian movie “Merantau”, starring silat practitioner Iko Uwais.

Official plot from Merantau Films:

In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations to begin his “Merantau” a century’s old rites-of-passage to be carried out by the community’s young men that will see him leave the comforts of his idyllic farming village and make a name for himself in the bustling city of Jakarta. After a series of setbacks leave Yuda homeless and uncertain about his new future, a chance encounter results in him defending the orphaned Astri from becoming the latest victim of a European human trafficking ring led by the wildly psychotic, Ratger and his right-hand man Lars. With Ratger injured in the mêlée and seeking both his “merchandise” and bloody retribution, Yuda’s introduction to this bustling city is a baptism of fire as he is forced to go on the run with Astri and her younger brother Adit as all the pimps and gangsters that inhabit the night hound the streets chasing their every step. With escape seemingly beyond their grasp, Yuda has no choice but to face his attackers in an adrenaline charged, jaw-dropping finale.

Trailer and stills from the official site here. Via Twitch.

Iko Uwais in Merantau (aka Warrior, 2009) Movie Image

Iko Uwais in Merantau (aka Warrior, 2009) Movie Image

Iko Uwais in Merantau (aka Warrior, 2009) Movie Image

Iko Uwais in Merantau (aka Warrior, 2009) Movie Image

Iko Uwais in Merantau (aka Warrior, 2009) Movie Image

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  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    impressive!

    He’s like the violent version of Tony Jaa, like adding more blood to Tony Jaa’s movie.

    But this guy shouldn’t try and be or be better than Tony Jaa. Cuz Tony Jaa is just to damn sweet!

    His fighting seems like Jackie Chan’s run away fighting and a bit of Tony Jaa style and stunts. He’s sort of slow though.

    Well the trailer is impressive and movie looks good.
    Is indonesia in Thailand?

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    impressive!

    He’s like the violent version of Tony Jaa, like adding more blood to Tony Jaa’s movie.

    But this guy shouldn’t try and be or be better than Tony Jaa. Cuz Tony Jaa is just to damn sweet!

    His fighting seems like Jackie Chan’s run away fighting and a bit of Tony Jaa style and stunts. He’s sort of slow though.

    Well the trailer is impressive and movie looks good.
    Is indonesia in Thailand?

  • faps

    xino..

    Is the question..at the end of your comment was serious?

    Indonesia is the biggest country in South East Asia..
    The biggest island in Indonesia can cover the whole country of Thailand..up.

  • faps

    xino..

    Is the question..at the end of your comment was serious?

    Indonesia is the biggest country in South East Asia..
    The biggest island in Indonesia can cover the whole country of Thailand..up.

  • http://cacianqalbukunderemp.blogspot.com/ kunderemp

    Xino,
    Indonesia is not in Thailand. Indonesia is the country where Barrack Obama spent his childhood. It is a big country with more than 17 thousands Island and more than 5 thousands languages (not mentioning the accents), and have 6 official religion and also a lot of minor religions.

    About Merantau,
    it is an Indonesian movie, produced by Indonesian, coreographed by Indonesian but directed by a British who have Indonesian wife and had made documentaries in Indonesia.

    People who knows a little about martial arts would think it just another ‘muay thai boran’ stuff like Ong Bak but let me quote Todd Brown on his review of Merantau about Silat, “Silat – at least the variant of silat employed here – is an unusual combination of hard and soft martial arts styles – the hands re-directing while the elbows and knees strike”.

  • http://cacianqalbukunderemp.blogspot.com kunderemp

    Xino,
    Indonesia is not in Thailand. Indonesia is the country where Barrack Obama spent his childhood. It is a big country with more than 17 thousands Island and more than 5 thousands languages (not mentioning the accents), and have 6 official religion and also a lot of minor religions.

    About Merantau,
    it is an Indonesian movie, produced by Indonesian, coreographed by Indonesian but directed by a British who have Indonesian wife and had made documentaries in Indonesia.

    People who knows a little about martial arts would think it just another ‘muay thai boran’ stuff like Ong Bak but let me quote Todd Brown on his review of Merantau about Silat, “Silat – at least the variant of silat employed here – is an unusual combination of hard and soft martial arts styles – the hands re-directing while the elbows and knees strike”.

  • Bima

    I saw the film two days ago. The action sequences are top notch. It’s much more brutal and bloody than I had expected.

    Unfortunately, at 133 minutes, the film was too long for its own good. Some scenes was unnecessarily being dragged on for too long.

  • Bima

    I saw the film two days ago. The action sequences are top notch. It’s much more brutal and bloody than I had expected.

    Unfortunately, at 133 minutes, the film was too long for its own good. Some scenes was unnecessarily being dragged on for too long.

  • Febri

    Dear Readers,
    I saw the movie already, and its great movie to watch and to introduce Silat Martial Arts From Indonesia, I just live martial arts, compare to wushu, muay thai, silat could be a combination of both skills. I can say is a little bit of everything, however, if you know more about Silat, is not only about arts and skills. but more toward exercising and healing method. And some spesial punch without touching the opponent site. How cool is that. but only certain people who are able to do that for real.
    :)

    • Hikaru

      In Chinese perspective, Wushu is actually practiced for self-defense, health, and self-cultivation. Many people mistake it for combat attack because of movies.

  • Febri

    Dear Readers,
    I saw the movie already, and its great movie to watch and to introduce Silat Martial Arts From Indonesia, I just live martial arts, compare to wushu, muay thai, silat could be a combination of both skills. I can say is a little bit of everything, however, if you know more about Silat, is not only about arts and skills. but more toward exercising and healing method. And some spesial punch without touching the opponent site. How cool is that. but only certain people who are able to do that for real.
    :)

    • Hikaru

      In Chinese perspective, Wushu is actually practiced for self-defense, health, and self-cultivation. Many people mistake it for combat attack because of movies.