Must Watch: Trailer for Indonesian Martial Arts Film Merantau
by Alex Billington
May 3, 2009
Who doesn't love a good martial arts movie? Over the last few years, it was Thai martial artist Tony Jaa who was the most popular here in the US, then JeeJa made her debut last year in Chocolate. Now it's my pleasure to introduce you to Iko Uwais in a Indonesian martial arts film called Merantau. I don't want to say much more besides that you just need to drop what you're doing and check this out, because it kicks some serious ass. What I love about this more than most other martial arts movies is that it seems incredibly realistic, like I could just be watching this in person, and I love that style. So check this out right now!
Thanks to our friends at SlashFilm for first featuring this trailer. I love discovering great new indie films that could become modern foreign classics, and this looks like it has that kind of awesome potential.
Watch the official trailer for Gareth Evans' Merantau:
A skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations to begin his "Merantau" a rite-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 Iko Uwais 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.
Merantau is both written and directed by Welsh born filmmaker Gareth Evans, of only a thriller called Footsteps from 2006 previously. The film is presented by Pt. Merantau Films and opens in theaters in Jakarta, Indonesia in August later this year, but it doesn't have an official US distributor yet, as far as we know. We'll let you know when we hear more about Merantau and when it might be coming to theaters!