Merantau (2009)

Director
Gareth Evans

Main cast
Iko Uwais; Sisca Jessica; Christine Hakim; Mads Koudal; Yusuf Aulia

Genres
Action, Drama, Foreign, Thriller

Description
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.


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