We can be proud because the art of pencak silat is now recognized in the world, gang! Here are 7 films that have successfully demonstrated the art of pencak silat.
In mid-December 2019, we as Indonesian people can be proud of our bodies UNESCO has set martial arts as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
This martial art follows in the footsteps of art batik and musical instruments angklung as Indonesian culture which is included in the same UNESCO list, gang.
Indeed, pencak silat itself has risen in profile in recent years thanks to the emergence of this martial art in several local films that have made it worldwide.
7 Films That Successfully Show The Art Of Pencak Silat
It should be noted that pencak silat is not just a punching technique because it also contains an aesthetic value, the food is called martial arts, gang.
Although of course many brutal scenes are shown in the film that Jaka will discuss here, it cannot be denied that this brutality has its their own beauty.
Well, on this occasion, Jaka wants to discuss 7 films that have successfully demonstrated the art of pencak silat! Jaka, as an Indonesian, is embarrassed.
1. Migrate (2009)
Originally, a famous actress Christine Hakim has plans to make a documentary that highlights Indonesian culture and one of them is pencak silat.
Original director Wales, Gareth Evans was appointed to be the director of the film but he ended up falling in love with the art of pencak silat which gave birth to action films wander.
With cultural background Minang, this film tells the story Yuda (Iko Uwais), a Minang youth who migrated to the city Jakarta and get involved in the criminal underworld of the city.
It was this film that successfully launched the careers of Evans, Iko, and also Yayan Ruhian, and arguably the beginning of the revival of the art of pencak silat in the film world, gang!
It should be noted, for those of you who are used to Iko's overly masculine figure, you will be surprised by his appearance that is still a bit geeky in this film!
2. The Raid 1 & 2 (2011 - 2014)
After success wander, Evans and some of the actors involved in the film are back in the film series The Raid which has a higher budget and production quality, gang.
These two films tell of adventures Rama (Iko Uwais), a police officer who uses his martial arts skills to fight criminals in Jakarta.
Different from wander whose success is limited, draw The Raid managed to get a lot of acclaim from critics and film fans around the world.
In fact, many consider this series as one of the film series action The best martial arts of all time with a very eye-catching fight choreography.
Series The Raid also managed to make the names of the people involved in this film proud, with director Evans, actors Iko, Yayan, and Joe Taslim which is now popular in Hollywood.
3. Yasmine (2014)
This martial arts film has a lot of uniqueness because apart from coming from neighboring countries Brunei Darussalam, this film also focuses on high school girl characters, gang!
Yasmine tell stories Yasmine (Liyana Yus), a high school girl who dreams of becoming a national silat champion defies her father's disapproval.
As a product of collaboration from several countries including Indonesia, there are several Indonesian actors who contributed their talents in this film, such as: Reza Rahadian and Arifin Putra.
Of course the action shown here is not as brutal as the series The Raid because indeed Yasmine is a family film that carries a similar story The Karate Kid from a woman's point of view.
4. John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)
As one of the best pure action film series in recent years, it's no wonder that the art of pencak silat appears in the film series John Wick which finally materialized this year.
In the final round John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, former assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) have to fight a pair of bouncers, gang.
Turns out oh it turns out, these two bouncers are played by Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman who of course fight using pencak silat.
Although the two of them only appear in one scene, the scene of the fight between the two of them with Wick must be recognized as one of the best scenes in this film, gang!
5. The Golden Scepter (2014)
After wander succeeded in resurrecting contemporary silat films, films Golden Stick Swordsman trying to resurrect genre classic silat film that had disappeared, gang.
This film is about the struggle Dara (Eva Celia) in the fight Blue (Reza Rahadian) and Eclipse (Tara Basro), Dara's former classmate who is now after her.
The battle scene here is certainly different from other films that ApkVenue discusses here because it contains some fantastic elements like a movie Super hero.
This film also has a very high production quality and budget for an Indonesian film and it is proven that this film has very pleasing visuals.
6. Wiro Sableng 212 (2018)
You try asking the 90s generation, Jaka guarantees that everyone is familiar with the student figure Sinto Gendeng whose theme song is already very imprint on their ears.
Film Wiro Sableng 212 tell the story of a quirky martial arts expert Wiro Sableng (Vino G. Bastian) assigned to catch his former teacher's treacherous student.
Without Wiro's knowledge, Mahesa Birawa (Yayan Ruhian) the target is the same person who killed Wiro's parents, the gang!
Even though it is full of comedic elements, the martial arts in this film are not kidding and Vino refuses to use it stuntman and even willing to learn pencak silat for his role here.
Vino himself is the son of Bastian Tito, the author of the novel Wiro Sableng, and according to Jaka he has succeeded in carrying a heavy burden in bringing to life the iconic character created by his father.
7. The Night Comes For Us (2018)
Coming from the director Timo Tjahjanto, half of the couple The Mo Brothers, at first glance this film has many similarities with the film from director Gareth Evans.
The Night Comes For Us tell stories Ito (Joe Taslim), ex member Triad who rebelled to protect the little girl's life Reina (Asha Bermudez).
In addition to actors Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim who appear here, this film also has brutal fight scenes inspired by the series. The Raid and wander.
It should be noted, actress Dian Sastrowardoyo also appears here as an antagonist character different from his usual role in movies!
That, gang, is a list of 7 films that have successfully demonstrated the art of pencak silat from Jaka. If you notice, there are many names that appear repeatedly on this list.
But with the popularity of this martial art skyrocketing, the emergence of new filmmakers and actors seems to be just a matter of time, gang!
What do you think about the film above? Do you have any other examples of pencak silat films? Share in the comments column yes!
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