November 5th, 2009



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In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.5/10 (1,646 voted)

Director: Gareth Evans

Stars: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim

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...

Writers: Gareth Evans, Daiwanne Ralie

Iko Uwais - Yuda
Sisca Jessica - Astri
Christine Hakim - Wulan
Mads Koudal - Ratger
Yusuf Aulia - Adit
Alex Abbad - Johni
Yayan Ruhian - Eric
Laurent Buson - Luc
Doni Alamsyah - Yayan (as Donny Alamsyah)
Ratna Galih - Ayi
Philip Hersh - Ratger (voice: English version)

Taglines: Every journey must begin with one small step.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 5 November 2009

Filming Locations: Jakarta, Indonesia

Technical Specs

Runtime: Indonesia: (director's cut)  | (None): (international cut version)

Did You Know?

Gareth Evans met Iko Uwais when he was hired to make a documentary film on Silat produced by Christine Hakim production company. Impressed by the young man's screen presence, Evans casts him as the leading role for his first action movie.

Plot holes: Yuda left his small bag on construction site after on previous day his wallet was stolen once and he know none of the construction worker and he slept for the whole night on there after crossing the fence illegally. (This scene doesn't appear on International version.)

User Review

First time I've been ever in an in-theater applause...

Rating: 10/10

At first, looking at the way the managed the poster and all..I thought this would just be another copy-cat movie (well, we had to admit, neighboring countries cinema are way earlier in successfully creating such motion pictures)


All the fighting scheme, supporting casts, location, technicalities...this movie is surely one helluva fresh breeze into Indonesian Cinema.

Last night, I was literally stunned and amazed by especially the actions and plot this movie had brought.

The spirit of Nationalism, Humanism and Martial Artistry is carried out at its best!!

Can't believe my own two hands when I clapped them together with the whole theater last night...

Surely, one step toward a better cinema for Indonesia..



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