GARUDA POWER - THE SPIRIT WITHIN

By Bastian MEIRESONNE

HAPPY VISION - as CONS

Martial arts - Completed 2014

"First-time documaker Bastian Meiresonne has delivered an entertaining and illuminating essay that ought to delight geeks and satisfy general viewers". VARIETY

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& Awards

Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
Wide Angle
Kineforum Misbar 2014
9th Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival 2014
Cambodia International Film Festival 2014
Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015
Cinemasia Film Festival 2015
Southeast Asian Film Festival 2015
Udine Far East Film Festival 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Martial arts, Fantasy, Documentary
    • Countries
    • INDONESIA, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • INDONESIAN
    • Duration
    • 77 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Bastian MEIRESONNE
    • Writer(s)
    • Bastian MEIRESONNE
    • Producer(s)
    • Julien THIALON (SHAYA PRODUCTION)
    • Synopsis
    • THE RAID 1 & 2's success put worldwide spotlight on a largely unknown Asian Cinema country: Indonesia. Few know that there are currently 80 movies produced per year and that Gareth Evan's instant action classics are only the latest of hundreds of crazy action titles produced in Indonesia since the early 1930s.

      GARUDA POWER dives deep into the history of action cinema in Indonesia from its first Chinese-influenced martial arts movies of the 1930s, James Bond copies of the swinging 1960s, Bruce Lee-alikes and super hero comic book adaptations of the 1970s, the golden age of the 1980s up to recent worldwide success of the two RAID movies.

      It includes never-before shown footage of long forgotten action titles, many interviews of cult actors (Barry Prima, George Rudy…) and directors (Imam Tantowi, Ackyl Anwari...) and some unreleased behind-the-scenes footage of newer movies.

      But most overall, the documentary captures the spirit of past glorious times, long-forgotten and soon to be lost.
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