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Merantau [Blu-ray] (2009)

Iko Uwais , Gareth Evans  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Iko Uwais
  • Directors: Gareth Evans
  • Format: Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004326FCI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Merantau [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    Leaving the simple life of a young man in rural Sumatra, Yuda must undergo merantau, a traditional rite of passage in which a young man must leave his family’s home to make it on his own. After heading to the big city of Jakarta, Yuda begins his trial of merantau. He quickly learns that living in the big city is very different from all he has ever known. After a young boy tries to steal his wallet, he is plunged into a violent world of human trafficking where his martial arts skills are tested in a rapidly escalating spiral of violence.

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    22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good martial-arts movie. April 9, 2011
    Format:DVD
    First off I would like to say that although there are comparisons to Tony Jaa in Merantau to its star Iko Uwais, that is all it is similarities. OK Iko Uwais doesn't have the same bone breaking intensity and crazy agility of Tony Jaa. However he is a superb martial-arts star in the making. While there are slight similarities to what Tony Jaa has done. Iko Uwais performs using the Indonesian martial-arts style Silat which I found very refreshing from the usual Chinese styles used in Hong Kong martial-arts Cinema and Tony Jaa's Muay Thai based performances.

    The action takes a little while before it starts coming through giving the story and the characters the chance to develop. I think this pays off for the film and contrary to other reviewer's comments doesn't suffer as its director oversaw the editing of this international cut. This wasn't hacked up by a studio interference by people who had nothing to do with making the movie. Director Gareth Evans painstakingly edited the movie to lose all the extraneous material making this a leaner, meaner movie that is really very, very good.

    The action sequences themselves improve with every fight getting better and better as Iko Uwais's character reluctantly unleashes more and more of his skills as he is forced to do so in his pursuit to help the young woman and her younger brother.

    This is definitely one of the best martial-arts films of the last few years and is fully deserving to be in any martial-arts fans collection. If the other reviewer's 1 star rating comments about being cut are leaving you in two minds, I can tell you they are unfounded. Merantau is a very, very good movie. Still don't take my word for it rent it first and discover how good this film really is.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Rite of Passage of Iko Uwais January 5, 2011
    Format:DVD
    With Tony Jaa having deserted moviemaking for the monastery, the title of top international action star is left vacant and up for grabs. Would-be successors have applied en masse, from English acroartist Scott Adkins to fellow Thai national Jeeja Yanin, and with the advent of the New Year, Indonesian martial artist/soccer player Iko Uwais throws his name into the hat with a most promising entry in "Merantau". Capable of doing for the Indonesian film industry what Ong-Bak did for Thailand, it's an extremely impressive audition tape with a vaguely stripped-down feel and occasionally light on the plot - definitely not the best all-around martial arts film of the last few years but more than serviceable in supplying the thrills. If nothing else, it promises a lot for both the star and director (Gareth Evans, Footsteps) should they be presented with a bigger budget. Those wary of taking a step down from the production power of Jaa's work might be leery, but action aficionados in general should be quick to help make this one into a cult classic.

    The story: departing his peaceful village for his rite of passage, young silat practitioner Yuda (Uwais) travels to Jakarta, where he finds no work but a sister & brother pair of abandoned street children in need of his help (Sisca Jessica and Yusuf Aulia). Protecting them from the control of a sadistic French businessman (Mads Koudal, Six Reasons Why), Yuda needs to become the hero he never knew he was to take on an entire underground organization upholding a sex slavery circuit.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Indonesia, Sumatra, Silat and their hidden truths December 5, 2011
    Format:DVD
    MERANTAU (writ./dir. Gareth Evans, 2009, 134 minutes) is an awesome Indonesian film that portrays the use of the Indonesian martial art, Pentjak Silat much like Steven Seagal originally exposed the good uses of AiKiDo (Pentjak Silat is pronounced pen-CHAH sih-LEH and in the event of any doubts, this is not only the correct pronunciation as spoken in the film, which I transcribed while watching it, but also the pronunciation I always heard from my time studying it).

    Our hero Yuda (a handsome young Iko Uwais), a Minangkabau tribesman from Sumatra, goes on his traditional merantau to Jakarta, Indonesia from his tiny village. While it isn't really evident to outsiders, and not clarified in the film, the art used is a form of Silat known as "Silat Harimau" (Tiger Silat, which includes the use of the karambit "tiger claw" blade) and the Minangkabau are from Sumatra. The merantau (pronounced "mar-ahn-TAU") is a bit like the Aboriginal "walkabout", in which the person leaves the mother country alone and learns of the world outside.

    Yuda immediately becomes involved with a stripper named Astri (the beautiful Sisca Jessica) and her little brother Adit (cute little Yusuf Aulia). He becomes determined to save her and her brother - become a father to them in a way. Just the thing for the perfect merantau. Naturally the Muslim Yuda will tangle with evil white infidel slave-traffickers and the explosive ending will leave you weeping, as it did me.

    The cinematography is quite innovative and even stunning: there's a trick I have never seen used before, yet it is so simple it will leave you gasping with wonder. The choreography is near-perfect (a few pulled punches right on camera spoil some of it). Those stunt men are the cat's meow! I have never seen stunt work like it.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good action film
    Good action film, in my opinion Merantau<Raid<Raid II. Gareth and Iko's films are gradually getting better plots, action sequences, choreography. Can't wait for Raid III
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It, Buy It Now
    I am a big fan of The Raid and The Raid 2, so I decided to check out their earlier work and I was not disappointed. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Sarah Pluhar
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie from start to finish
    After watching the raid 1 and 2. So I bought Merantau and it was great. Would recommend this movie to anyone that likes good action/karate movies.
    Published 17 days ago by Mario Ortiz
    4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed
    I love martial arts movies of all kind. This movie was full of action.
    Check out his other movies, they are even better.
    Published 1 month ago by Tim Mendez
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fighting Movie
    This movie was very good. I really liked the plot, the characters, and the conflict. The fighting, of course, was amazing and I really could connect with the character and his... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Rika Dew
    5.0 out of 5 stars BOOM
    dude, gareth evans and iko uwais are the man PERIOD. NOW GO SEE THE RAID 2 loser, catch me going STEVE!
    Published 1 month ago by sean ashley
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginnings
    Less mature and confident in style than Gareth Evans's more recent films THE RAID: REDEMPTION and THE RAID II, this film is nevertheless well worth a look. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Robert C. Cumbow
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love love love this movie !!!!!!! A must see and buy for sure
    This movie was outstanding acting the fighting was good I loved it ,,!" It's a must buy" a must-see very very good movie and emotional also ! Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Ralph Justin Ayala
    3.0 out of 5 stars The young Iko was charming and full of energy
    This was a little slow in places especially compared to the Raid movies but I liked it. Iko was fun to watch.
    Published 3 months ago by Ronald Blumenthal
    3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
    The Raid and its sequel led me to check out Evans earlier work. I enjoyed the story and its nice to see a genesis of amazing things to come. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by J. Kribs
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