Fight! Fight! Fight! an Indonesian Martial-Arts Movie from a Young Welsh Director Proves a Surprisingly Exciting Affair; FILM OF THE WEEK

The Evening Standard (London, England), May 18, 2012 | Go to article overview

Fight! Fight! Fight! an Indonesian Martial-Arts Movie from a Young Welsh Director Proves a Surprisingly Exciting Affair; FILM OF THE WEEK


Byline: David Sexton

THE RAID Cert 18, 101 mins SUCH a lot of talent comes out of Wales. Ivor Novello, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins, Rhys Ifans, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Sheen, to name only the bleeding obvious.

Not so much stays in Wales, though, despite the best efforts of S4C, Bafta Cymru, and of course The Film Agency for Wales, or Asianteath Ffilm Cymru CBC, as it is better known. What can the explanation be? Even so, there's hardly ever before been quite such a drastic example of talent out of Wales as Gareth Huw Evans, the writer, director and action director of this radical martial arts film, made and set in Jakarta, using only Indonesian actors, speaking only Indonesian throughout.

Evans, still in his early thirties, comes from a mining town in Mid Glamorgan and started his career in film making web videos for Welsh language tuition in Swansea. Then his Indonesian wife, Maya, helped him nab a job in Jakarta making a documentary about the national martial art, silat. Evans, who had grown up on Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and kung fu films, grabbed the chance. He has never come back to live in Wales.

While making the documentary, Evans spotted the talent of a young fighter, Iko Uwais, then working as a delivery van driver. Three years ago, the director made a cult martial arts film, Merantu, with Uwais -- and he stars again in The Raid, this time made with international producers, although still extremely economical in its settings. Uwais is great, quite slight and nice-looking, but formidably focused and astonishingly fast in his moves.

In a Jakarta slum, an evil drug lord, Tama, rules over a whole 15-storey tower-block, defying the police. A secret special-forces raid is launched to take him out and for rookie cop Rama, played by Uwais, it's a bloody initiation. Quite soon after entry into the building, nearly all the troops have been slaughtered by Tama's guards and the amazingly aggressive residents. With no way out, Rama goes on the attack, fighting his way up the building floor by floor to Tama's lair.

Give or take a bit of double-dealing on both sides, that's the entire plot, such as it is. It is no more than a pretext for lots and lots of fights, with fists, elbows, feet, guns and machetes, and anything else to hand, including a range of white goods.

Rama's deadliest opponent, Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian), a pony-tailed, droopyfaced tornado of destruction, is a gent in his way, because he prefers to kill his enemies in fair, unarmed combat. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Fight! Fight! Fight! an Indonesian Martial-Arts Movie from a Young Welsh Director Proves a Surprisingly Exciting Affair; FILM OF THE WEEK
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.