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Merantau trailer

05.05.2009

True action and martial arts movie fans are constantly on the lookout for the "next big thing", or at least some competently captured cinematic clashes.

I don't know if young Indonesian cyclone Iko Uwais is the new Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa, but he can certainly bounce through environments and crack foes' faces with fists, kicks and random objects.

Twitch has a clip of the kid's breakout flick MERANTAU, due to hit Cannes this month. Whether it'll be the next ONG BAK remains to be seen, but you can click below to check out the sick stunts and brutality!

Extra Tidbit: What was the last genuinely good Hollywood fight scene you saw?
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10:33PM on 05/06/2009
Casino Royale: Bond versus the African dude in the stairwell, or in The Bourne Ultimatum when he battles other assassin in the apartment. Pretty bad ass.
Casino Royale: Bond versus the African dude in the stairwell, or in The Bourne Ultimatum when he battles other assassin in the apartment. Pretty bad ass.
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1:01PM on 05/06/2009

red belt

end of red belt
end of red belt
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11:51AM on 05/06/2009
Also, some of my favorite fights in Hollywood movies:

- Spear vs. sword in Troy
- Reptile vs. Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat
- Bourne with a deadly pen in the first Bourne movie
- Several badass fights from the Blade franchise
- John Cusack in the school in Grosse Pointe Blank
- The owning of the cops in Equilibrium, ending with that awesome gun kata pose


As long as the shot is wide and the scene is not edited to shit AND (this is important) the fighters are not standing in a restricted
Also, some of my favorite fights in Hollywood movies:

- Spear vs. sword in Troy
- Reptile vs. Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat
- Bourne with a deadly pen in the first Bourne movie
- Several badass fights from the Blade franchise
- John Cusack in the school in Grosse Pointe Blank
- The owning of the cops in Equilibrium, ending with that awesome gun kata pose


As long as the shot is wide and the scene is not edited to shit AND (this is important) the fighters are not standing in a restricted space (must have room to melee), every fight can be pretty good.
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11:39AM on 05/06/2009
As a martial arts fan and practitioner, I am always open to new stars in the genre. This looks very well done, and I really like the realistic style emerging from Thai/Indonesian cinema. Wire-fu movies with people flying are for pussies.

I also love it when a harbinger of a certain style rises to stardom, because then I can learn and enjoy a previously unknown style, in this case silat. Karate had its own messengers like van Damme, Aikido was utilized awesomely in earlier Seagal movies, and
As a martial arts fan and practitioner, I am always open to new stars in the genre. This looks very well done, and I really like the realistic style emerging from Thai/Indonesian cinema. Wire-fu movies with people flying are for pussies.

I also love it when a harbinger of a certain style rises to stardom, because then I can learn and enjoy a previously unknown style, in this case silat. Karate had its own messengers like van Damme, Aikido was utilized awesomely in earlier Seagal movies, and Tony Jaa showed us how to kick ass with Muay Thai.

I say welcome aboard, Merantau!
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10:44AM on 05/06/2009
It may not be that original but Jet Li vs. himself in the alternate universe by the end of the movie in "The One" is awesome. It's pretty neat.
It may not be that original but Jet Li vs. himself in the alternate universe by the end of the movie in "The One" is awesome. It's pretty neat.
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10:37AM on 05/06/2009
Though not "Hollywood", the fight scene in "Eastern Promises" was pretty brutal. Also - "Bridget Jone's Diary" (and, no, I'm kinda not joking...)
Though not "Hollywood", the fight scene in "Eastern Promises" was pretty brutal. Also - "Bridget Jone's Diary" (and, no, I'm kinda not joking...)
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8:11AM on 05/06/2009

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Kill Bill,
Beatrix Kiddo vs. The Crazy 88's
Kill Bill,
Beatrix Kiddo vs. The Crazy 88's
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6:47AM on 05/06/2009

The Protector

The Protector with Tony Jaa has a sick single take fight scene that ranks as one of the best single take scenes this side of Alfonso Cuaron.
The Protector with Tony Jaa has a sick single take fight scene that ranks as one of the best single take scenes this side of Alfonso Cuaron.
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1:28AM on 05/06/2009
Yeah, I agree with buddha. Watchmen's the first thing that came to my mind too. I thought the fight scenese were pretty well done throughout but especially the one at the beginning and the clips with Ozymandias at the end. They might have been pretty brief, but they were beautifully choreographed and a welcome change from the fight scenes in most superhero flicks. Although I will admit the ones in Hellboy 2 were pretty awesome as well. Luke Goss (the villain in that film) was pretty awesome
Yeah, I agree with buddha. Watchmen's the first thing that came to my mind too. I thought the fight scenese were pretty well done throughout but especially the one at the beginning and the clips with Ozymandias at the end. They might have been pretty brief, but they were beautifully choreographed and a welcome change from the fight scenes in most superhero flicks. Although I will admit the ones in Hellboy 2 were pretty awesome as well. Luke Goss (the villain in that film) was pretty awesome considering he got his start in a British boy band.
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1:10AM on 05/06/2009
Not bad. Just hope the quality of the overall film is as good as its fight scenes (a problem that both "Ong Bak" and "Tom Yum Goong" suffered from). In any case, looks like one to watch.

Oh, and last good Hollywood fight scene? Er ... probably the finale of "Hellboy 2."
Not bad. Just hope the quality of the overall film is as good as its fight scenes (a problem that both "Ong Bak" and "Tom Yum Goong" suffered from). In any case, looks like one to watch.

Oh, and last good Hollywood fight scene? Er ... probably the finale of "Hellboy 2."
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12:59AM on 05/06/2009
cool trailer. I dig me some martial arts movies!

best fight scene ever: Ash vs. Hand in Evil Dead II
cool trailer. I dig me some martial arts movies!

best fight scene ever: Ash vs. Hand in Evil Dead II
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12:15AM on 05/06/2009

fight club...

the opening of watchmen i thought was really well done...i felt those punches and kicks in that sequence to the point i actually thought to myself at the time, "that was really cool".
the opening of watchmen i thought was really well done...i felt those punches and kicks in that sequence to the point i actually thought to myself at the time, "that was really cool".
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12:09AM on 05/06/2009
Being a total martial arts movie geek, this tickles me the right way. For those curious, the style he uses is called Silat, a distinctly Indonesian art.

Pineapple Express's the one that comes to mind when talking about good Hollywood fight scenes. LOL.
Being a total martial arts movie geek, this tickles me the right way. For those curious, the style he uses is called Silat, a distinctly Indonesian art.

Pineapple Express's the one that comes to mind when talking about good Hollywood fight scenes. LOL.
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11:57PM on 05/05/2009

yea i went there

TWICE!
TWICE!
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11:56PM on 05/05/2009

meh

Looks well choreographed but I still think Tony Jaa is the best thing since Bruce Lee.
Looks well choreographed but I still think Tony Jaa is the best thing since Bruce Lee.
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11:56PM on 05/05/2009

meh

Looks well choreographed but I still think Tony Jaa is the best thing since Bruce Lee.
Looks well choreographed but I still think Tony Jaa is the best thing since Bruce Lee.
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