Nearly Three Minutes Of Extreme Ass-Whuppery! The Trailer For MERANTAU Arrives!

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor

We've talked more than enough about the making of Indonesian martial arts film Merantau and now the time has come to show you the goods. The discipline is silat. The fighter is Iko Uwais. And if the brand new trailer for the film is any indicator then a legitimate new challenger for the international martial arts throne has just appeared on the scene. Merantau is the first Indonesian martial arts film to be produced in roughly a quarter century, Uwais the first new action star to appear in that country since the days of Barry Prima, and Lord it's been a long time coming.

In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda 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 from becoming the latest victim of a European human trafficking ring led by the wildly psychotic, Ratger and his right-hand man Luc. With Ratger injured in the melee and seeking both his "merchandise" and bloody retribution, Yuda's introduction to the 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.

The official trailer for the film has just arrived on the scene and you'll find it below the break. We're using a good, high resolution version of the trailer here, so give it a minute or two to load up and then pop it into full screen mode. You'll be glad you did.

Those attending the Marche Du Films in Cannes will have the chance to see roughly twenty minutes of footage from the film at the following times: May 13th at 11:30, 12:10, 12:45 (Palais B) and May 15th at 20:30, 21:10, 21:45 (Lerins 2).

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