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Merantau (2009)

Iko Uwais , Gareth Evans  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Iko Uwais
  • Directors: Gareth Evans
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004326EV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,840 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Merantau" 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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    21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good martial-arts movie. April 9, 2011
    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
    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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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Indonesia, Sumatra, Silat and their hidden truths December 5, 2011
    MERANTAU (writ./dir. Gareth Evans, 2009, 134 minutes) is an awesome Indonesian film that portrays the use of the Indonesian martial art, Pentjak Silat (pronounced pen-CHAH sih-LEH) much like Steven Seagal originally exposed the good uses of AiKiDo.

    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. Also, Iko Uwais is a skilled master. The soundtrack is quite good and modern; no silly eye-rolling feeling one gets from so many Asian film soundtracks.

    This film is so very important, though it is formulaic.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Decent not great...
    Action was good, not great. Story was passable. Never really was invested in the characters. Tried really hard to be ong bak, never really made it though.
    Published 14 days ago by Arian Drake-Raue
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great combat film
    This is really well done for a first martial arts film by this director. The star Iko Uwais is not only gorgeous but absolutely badass in this action film loaded with tense fight... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Carnage300
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bersilat
    A good modern MA movie. It is good to see bersilat at last being advertised to the outside world. Something long overdue.
    Published 4 months ago by Penpaul
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good for "historical" purposes, but the real showcase is The Raid.
    Although it offers a taste for the fighting style and presentation of Evans, the real showcase is The Raid. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Julio Bro!
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not what was expected.
    Despite what the box cover states, the movie was very slow to start. Weak plot and worse acting. Definetely not to current movie standards that movie watchers may be used to here... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by N. Germin
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    This movie is good and it is sad. This is a testament to good people who do good things, but bad things happen. I really liked this movie. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Ms. Renee B
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
    i used to learn "silat", the martial art of Indonesia, long time ago. and i found a real "silat" in this action movie. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by AR
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!!!!
    Any martials arts fan will have to pick this movie up. Most people will just see it and pass over it. Any action fan would sell one of their kids for this film.
    Published 11 months ago by mike
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT START IKO
    When I first saw this movie, I thought this was just another team trying to take advantage of the door that Tony Jaa had opened for international fighters who weren't the best... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by ward81
    5.0 out of 5 stars Simple movie, but awesome action!
    I'm a fan! Saw another movie with the same makers - The Raid Redemption - and decided to watch this one as well.
    Was not disappointed. The lead actor (Iko? Read more
    Published 12 months ago by N. Bhojani
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