Merantau

Synopsis: 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 Lars. With Ratger injured in the mêlée and seeking both his "merchandise" and bloody retribution, Yuda's introduction to this bustling 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 ch
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Gareth Evans
Production: Pt. Merantau Films
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
6.8
R
Year:
2009
134 min
Website
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The Minangkabau tradition

requires that

every male child must

leave his family

and birthplace one day,

on the journey of self-exploration.

In the process of challenging

he will turn into a responsible adult.

Such journey is known as

"Merantau".

It's a learning curve against

one's strength and spiritualism.

It'll only end when one

has been proven

himself knowledgeable of

the worldly ways.

Nature becomes the tutor,

providing a shinning guidance,

illuminating right from wrong.

This is my son's story...

and his journey into the realms

of adulthood.

This is a story of...

MERANTAU:

- Assalamualaikum.

- Walaikum salam.

Today is warmer than usual.

The weather is not gonna please you

just because it's your last day here,

and neither is your Mom.

Now go and set the table.

Listen,

when Yayan came back from

Merantau

we were discussing the trials

and tribulations of life

which might have hurt his feelings.

But we do this out of love and

our responsibilities as your elders.

We were at fault for judging him

such and since then

Yayan has proven himself

daily since his return.

It's unnecessary for him to torture

himself further by travelling faraway

just to make himself a better

man than he already is.

In truth...

you don't need to too.

Mom...

What Mom meant is

whatever other people said,

might not be the actual truth.

You must be thankful about

your own level of achievement.

Come on home... my son,

whenever you feel you're ready.

I will do my utmost best,

the best possible.

Allah's willing.

Ready, Tok Guru?

That's enough!

I think you're ready.

Come on.

Take this with you.

It belongs to your father.

Allah's willing,

he will accompanied you always.

I will be careful.

I will make Mom be proud of me.

I'm already proud of what

you've achieved so far.

Take good care of yourself.

- Assalamualaikum.

- Walaikum salam.

- Mind if I sit here?

- Go ahead, please.

- My name's Eric.

- I'm Yuda.

What're you doing going to Jakarta?

Looking for a job?

I am wandering.

Wandering?

I am just like you before.

- Yeah?

- Yeah, long time ago.

What's your occupation in Jakarta?

I just worked anywhere,

to wherever my feet take me.

What's your plan in Jakarta?

I hope to teach "silat"

Silat?

I'm sorry.

It was not my intention

to be offensive.

You just reminded me of a

younger version of myself.

You practice silat too?

Yeah, I still remember it well.

What's your experience so far,

wandering in Jakarta?

Listen...

Learn from your mistakes.

Removed all the fantasies

from your mind.

It's not enough that you lived just

by silat's skills alone.

Trust me...

I've taken the challenge before.

I hope that my advice to you

will make a difference.

Tried to make a living by other means.

In reality,

it's not like what we learnt in school.

Nothing comes easy in this world.

It looks like we should depart

on our own way here.

Seems like it.

Good luck in your undertaking.

Till we meet again.

Take care of yourself.

Jalan Wangi Sari 19

The number you have dial

cannot be reached.

Please try again later.

The number you have dial

cannot be reached.

Please try again later.

Please be seated.

Thanks, uncle!

What are you having?

Sate Padang.

Sorry, we have only chicken

and mutton satay.

No problem, the chicken then.

Okay... thanks.

Here's your drink.

Enjoy your meal.

Thanks, uncle!

Hei! You! Get out of here!

Those kids they come here and

think they can take whatever they want.

Unbelievable!

I am new here. I am looking

for a place to teach silat.

Maybe you know a place

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