In a village in Sumatra, Yuda prepares his merantau, rites-of-passage with which he hopes to achieve physical and spiritual maturity. Jakarta, his destination city, isn’t as welcoming as he hoped and his unshakable sense of justice soon makes him fall out with the local mafia. Impressed by Indonesian culture and silat, a martial art based on self defense, British G.H. Evans joins the elite in new Asian action cinema with a work that combines, with enviable fluidity, universal feelings, magnificent landscapes, social critique and superlative choreographies. Quite an exploit.
Gareth Huw Evans
Born in Wales, his fascination with the oriental world led him to shoot a short film in Japanese, Samurai Monogatari (03), after which he continued cultivating the action genre in Footsteps (06) and Merantau (09), presented in Sitges.
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