Film Review: Merantau (2009) by Gareth Evans

Before the international success of “The Raid” , the team comprised of Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian shot another film that highlighted Pencak Silat, “Merantau,” which actually served as the guide for “The Raid.”

Yuda is a young but skilled practitioner of Silat, who lives in West Sumatra. He is about to embark on the “merantau”, a kind of pilgrimage that involves a trip from his village to Jakarta, where he is supposed to open a school and teach Silat. In his way, he meets Eric, a man who has already completed the merantau, and is now living in Jakarta. Eric tells Yuda that he cannot make a living in the city just by teaching, but the young man is too optimistic to believe him. However, his problems start upon his arrival, as the house he was supposed to live is torn down and he is
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