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Merantau Warrior [DVD] [2009]

Iko Uwais , Sisca Jessica , Gareth Evans    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Mads Koudal
  • Directors: Gareth Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00365KI12
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All new Action ... All new Star ... All new Moves ... Heralded as the new Tony Jaa ... introducing Iko Uwais Yuda (Iko Uwais) leaves the comforts of his village behind to begin his Marantau , a time-honoured tradition, looking to make his way in the bustling city of Jakarta. After a chance encounter with Astri, Yuda saves her and her younger brother, Adit, from a dangerous trafficking ring and are the group is forced to go on the run. Yudi s introduction to the big city is a baptism of fire as every criminal in the city seedy underworld hounds their every step.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Merantau - Very Good Martial Arts Movie 15 Jun 2010
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I've been looking forward to this DVD for quite a while having seen the trailer back in 2009. I have to say this film doesn't disappoint delivering some very good action sequences plus a little more heart than the usual martial-arts film.

The beginning is slow as the characters are introduced as they prepare for the rites of passage journy called Merantau, the real name of the film by the way. It is something that when a young man of a certain age leaves home to make his own way in life. The lead character, Yudo, then heads for Jakarta to become a teacher of the Indonesian martial-arts form Silat.

Yudo, through means I shall not spoil, ends up helping a girl in distress (a young stripper named Astri -Sisca Jessica ) and tries to help her. At this point the martial-arts action begins featuring some very different and exciting skills from that talented lead Iko Uwais. I personally felt to begin with the martial-arts lacked power but it's as if as the movie progressed and Yudo, who didn't seem to want to hurt any one, gradually unleashes his talents. Leading to ever more increasingly thrilling displays of martial-arts, with ever more power. it is all Very exciting with a hightlight fight set in a lift!

Fortunately this film features a more grounded martial-arts display and seemingly different from the usual Chinese, Japanese and more recent Thai techniques, that works very well on screen.

While I would say the action is plentiful I would not call it completely action-packed. However I do feel the drama aspect which while not hugely time-consuming makes you care for the characters more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty fighting film 21 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
Good action packed film with lots of brutal fight scenes, some awful acting by the two main baddies but to be expected

Worth a buy at the small price tag
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lands every punch 23 April 2014
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Merantau Warrior: a young rural martial artist must head to Jakarta as part of his coming-of-age ritual, but when his plans fall through he soon gets caught up in some grotty business. The story takes its time to warm up, but from the first frame the it looks great, with guerrilla location use of the vivid & vibrant countryside, and the city's graffiti, buildings, clothes etc. The film really comes to life when the fighting starts - it remains intricate, innovative and entertaining through all of the set-pieces; and nothing beats a good-old showdown in an industrial shipping container yard!

Iko Uwais shines brightest when kicking and punching his way through every extra in the country, but he can also hold a scene; If there's any justice he will be the next action mega-star in the vein of Tony Jaa / Donnie Yen. An added benefit is that Silat is such a visual fighting style, and with no-nonsense, non-shaky camerawork it's a treat to watch. Other than the slow-start, gratuitous cheesy love angle and a sloppy undercurrent of Western people taking liberties, Merantau Warrior lands every punch.

Between this and The Raid - that Gareth Evans is now 2 for 2 in my book, and with the obvious improvement between the movies, I'm super-pumped for the final installment of this trilogy.

Score: 7.5/10 - from ParagraphFilmReviews dot com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film 15 Oct 2013
By Steph
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Had to buy this as i had seen The Raid and loved it. Good film quality, prompt delivery, and great choreography throughout the film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie! 14 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
I bought this as a recommendation from a mate. I don't normally go for Martial arts films, but I loved this one. great storyline, great action, and superb filming/directing.

Buy It! You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars action dvd 7 May 2014
By terry
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bought this without knowing any thing about it just saw the recommend this ad when i purchased another dvd.glad i did.same star,different story.really enjoyed it.thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 14 Feb 2014
By Richie
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The baddies were played by very poor actors, the star was okay, the girl co-star is AMAZING, great story but shot on a low budget,
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked The Raid, you'll love this.... 19 Mar 2013
By Tina
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I chose this film as I liked The Raid and searched for the lead actor (Iko Uwais) and found this film, which I believe was his first film. It is well writen, acted and produced and I would recommend it to any martial art / action fans. It is a surprisingly good film that is due as much recommendation as The Raid. The action sequences are amazing and well shot. The extras on the DVD are also pretty good too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateur low budget with little story and poor finish
This is mostly subtitled with a little english at times. The warrior appears to be able to knock opponents down but not out so they simply jump up and repeat the action. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars fairly disappointing
Bought this lesser known film, probably along with other people, after watching the high octane and relentlessly-paced 'The Raid' by the same writer/director. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty average
After seeing movies like Ipman and fearless this movie just cannot compare to those which is why I have given it such a low rating, but overall it has some good fight scenes with... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Electric
4.0 out of 5 stars kicks ass
If you liked The Raid then you will love this, i bought this after watching the raid and it was equally as fun
Published 20 months ago by wineboy
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic if flawed warm up for greater things to come
Bursting onto the Martial arts scene with the Raid, Uwais' star is shining bright even in this flawed but promising action flick. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rob Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars Merantau Warrior
If you enjoyed The Raid and are keen to see the very talented Iko Uwais in action then Merantau Warrior is a good choice. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nicky Foster
3.0 out of 5 stars Descent action movie but a mistake was made!
A good action movie in the mould of Ong-Bak but i made a mistake of watching "The Raid" (5 Stars) a week before this! Read more
Published 21 months ago by MCS
4.0 out of 5 stars Standout Entry In A Crowded Genre
If, like me, you are coming to Merantau after the relentless brutal action of The Raid, you may be surprised by its comparative restraint. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sordel
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