Friday, October 21, 2011
Barry Prima plays rebel chief Jaka Sembung, who is captured by the wicked Dutch officer and his troops. He is send to prison camp, but he manages to escape and he will lead the fight against the evil imperialist who have taken over his country.
Oh man...another Indonesian film that is just pure gold. Lots of bloody action, wicked voodoo kind of stuff: evil sorcerer who can put himself back to one piece after his arms, legs and even head are chopped off.
One of the most memorable scene is the one where Jaka is captured and send to prison dungeon. He is crucified to the wall and his eyes are pierced... but don't worry, he will get his vengeance (and his eye sight back!). The whole movie is full of WTF moments that leave you scratching your head with disbelief. Barry Prima rules the wide screen as always, he does some really good fight scenes and just gives a really good performance as tortured rebel chief who is about to get even.
Two sequels were made, The Warrior and the Blind Swordsman and The Warrior and The Ninja.
So if you want to see some really good crazy-Indonesian cinema from the early '80s, The Warrior comes highly recommended. Directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra.