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Merantau: 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 m�l�e 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.

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Ratings: IMDB: 6.8/10 Metascore: N/A RT: N/A
Released: November 05, 2009
Runtime: 134 mins
Genres: Action Drama
Countries: Indonesia
Director: Gareth Evans
Actors: Christine Hakim

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Posted by NLK3 5 years, 6 months ago
+4 | +4 / -0

The film introduces a form of and Indonesian martial art called Silat.

Posted by forcedimpact 6 years, 1 month ago ( Edited 6 years, 1 month ago )
+4 | +4 / -0

Impressive. Different from the other martial art movies. The ending was unexpected though. 8.5/10

Posted by raomovies 6 years, 10 months ago
+4 | +4 / -0

Merantau is a good Indonesian Martial arts film. Don't miss it. This review is by an Indian.

Posted by bacfu 7 years ago
+4 | +4 / -0

This movie was like Ong Bak but instead of doing Muay Thai or Muay Boran the art is Harimau Silat .I enjoyed the story loved the inter action of the hero and his family. The innocence if a country boy in the big wild naked city.Please include more movies of this type very thankful for your site.

Posted by elcangr1 7 years, 3 months ago
+4 | +4 / -0

no tony jaa, but the movie was good, a bit better than i thought, great fighting scenes towards the end plus sad ending too wasnt expecting that, but overall ill give it a: 4/5

Posted by phantomgod 2 years, 11 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Not too bad a movie great fightin scenes 8/10

Posted by bigguycancook 6 years, 8 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Good martial arts,but the ending was a little sad. RECOMMEND.

Posted by Shankyomama 7 years, 2 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Great movie 4/5 and very sad ending

Posted by germany1981 10 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Ok this movie have only 1 minus point its to long,all other top, great fight scene, when u like..ong bak and raid then watch this movie..this movie going straight in my favourite list 5/5 stars..and check also my ( favorites list ) thank you

Posted by saxonhorde 2 years, 7 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

thought the movie itself was kinda poor but anyone who has seen the RAID 1 & 2 has to see this movie. The fight scenes are pretty good, the story not so much

Posted by RockyBay 4 years, 12 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

As far as narrative goes,this one's a stormer,the fight sequences are almost secondary to some very fine acting,an excellent pre-cursor to "The Raid ".6/10

Posted by aqib22 5 years ago
+2 | +2 / -0

great movie 9/10

Posted by balverio 5 years, 2 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

really good movie - its almost on the level of onBak but not quite, 10/10

Posted by chatpilot 5 years, 10 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

I loved this film although I was a little disappointed with the ending. This is a great movie for any martial arts enthusiast. Aside from the martial arts there are lessons to be learned through the acts of the main character.

Posted by DA1NONLY 7 years, 3 months ago
+2 | +3 / -1

this movie was pretty good..at first i thought i was gonna be gay, but after watching its pretty good..

Posted by moneywells 7 years, 3 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

This movie had kind of a onk bak vibe but it is a good movie 2 watch fights are good enough 2 keep you watchin

Posted by Lamontii 1 week ago ( Edited 1 week ago )
+1 | +1 / -0

This is a great movie.But with an Ong Bak type of feel. Can't deny the comparison. Good watch!

Posted by overfiend 2 months ago ( Edited 2 months ago )
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Well some compared this movie to Ong Bak but it is not. Tony Jaa in his first movie was a revelation. The story was a bit original and what got people were the spectacular fights and Tony's atypical Mui Thai fighting. In Merantau, a supposed debut for Iko Uwais, nothing looked good. The story was stale and the fighting looked nothing spectacular or rather nothing worthy of praise. Must have seen this type of fighting in many other movies. So sadly, I cannot say this flick really did any favors to IKO but I will credit ^^The Raid Redemption^^ rather as the vehicle that put him on the map.

Posted by ForgetCableTV 1 year, 8 months ago ( Edited 2 months ago )
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I seriously like this movie better than Ong Bak. The movements involved in this martial art appeal to me more. Seems quite practical too. And the elevator scene in particular is amazing! Iko Uwais rocks! And the ending was touching and tragic.

Posted by PhilMontana007 3 years, 3 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 3 months ago )
+1 | +1 / -0

the ending destroyed it! i havent seen many indonesian martial arts movies yet, but iko uwais seems to be a great fighter. not quite on a tony jaa level (seriously: NO ONEs on a tony jaa level except tony jaa himself and jeejaa yanin) but still a good watch for martial arts fans. i was about to rate it 5/5 but as i said i hate that ending. so its 4/5

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