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Let’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.