When I watched the trailer below…I really interested and amazed...I have to watch this movie. MERANTAU, an Indonesian martial arts movie written and directed by Gareth Evans and introducing Iko Uwais will premiere on August 6.
Gareth Evans is a British director and newcomer Iko Uwais is an expert in Pencak Silat, the international term for the broad-ranging martial arts of Indonesia. Iko Uwais comes from the Silat Tiga Berantai school in Jakarta. They both met on the production of a documentary in Jakarta.
Here's the official synopsis for the movie.
In Minangkabau, West Sumatra, Yuda (Iko Uwais), 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 (Sisca Jessica) from becoming the latest victim of a European human trafficking ring led by the wildly psychotic, Ratger (Mads Koudal) and his right-hand man Luc (Laurent Buson).
With Ratger injured in the melee 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.