“Assalamualaikum, Beijing!”, A new Indonesian movie with scenes of Chinese icons

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‘Assalamualaikum, Beijing!’, is another film by Guntur Soeharjanto after ’99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa’.

The film is, produced by Maxima Pictures, based on the best seller novel with the similar title written by productive and popular young Muslimah author Asma Nadia.


Assalamualaikum Beijing! is about a woman named Ra/Asma (Revalina S Temat) who betrayed her lover, Dewa (Ibn Jamil), a month before the wedding. Dewa chooses to marry Anita but only until their baby is born. He plans to divorce for the sake of returning to Ra.

On the other hand, Asma meets Chinese youth named Zhongwen (Morgan Oey) while covering in Beijing. Zhongwen depicted as a young man with a firm jaw and intelligent eyes that glow softly. Beads of love grew between them.

Assalamualaikum Beijing tells a love story that is not cliché, Insha Allah. Also how a convert to proceed,” Asma Nadia, the novelist said.

Starred by Revalina S Temat, Morgan Oey, Ibnu Jamil and Lidya Cynthia Bella, it would be released on 30 December 2014.

Some scenes of the film were taken at the Chinese popular tourist sites like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in Beijing and Ashima sclupture in Yunnan.

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See its trailer:

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Indonesian sequel film “The Raid 2: Berandal” banned in Malaysia

film_the raidNaseem Randhawa

INDONESIAN action film, “The Raid 2: Berandal” was supposed to be released for Malaysian screens today, however moviegoers who intended to purchase movie tickets have found its absence from cinemas puzzling.

The sequel to the 2011 film by Welsh director Gareth Evans, was confirmed by its local distributor Nusantra Edaran Filem that it has been banned in Malaysia.

The reason for the ban stills remains unclear, however disappointed moviegoers who had been calling Malaysian movie entertainment site, Cinema Online regarding the status of the movie, have expressed curiosity as to why the movie is not showing.

“After watching the first movie, I was excited to hear the sequel was being made. Now that I’ve waited so long, I don’t understand why it is not showing in cinemas.” said moviegoer Nicholas Lim.

Said Mohd Reza, “Maybe there is a lot of violence and gory action scenes in the movie, so it didn’t get to make it here. But it had very good reception overseas so it’s frustrating. Looks like I have to wait for the DVD now, or head to Singapore or Indonesia to watch it!”

Iko Uwais as Rama

Iko Uwais as Rama

“The Raid 2: Berandal” continues where the first film ends. Rama (Iko Uwais) continues going undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and to uncover the corruption in his own police force.

Released in 2011, the first movie “The Raid: Redemption” screened in Malaysia only on September 2012. Due to the global success of the movie, an American remake is currently in the works.

Cinema Online
Thursday, 27 March 2014

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Indonesia bans Russell Crowe starred-film “Noah”

Yenny Kwok

INDONESIA has banned the release of the Hollywood blockbuster Noah, saying the biblical epic contradicts the teachings of the Koran and may mislead people.

“We don’t want a film that could provoke reactions and controversies,” said Film Censorship Board member Zainut Tauhid Sa’adi on Monday, according to news portal Detik.com. “Members of the Film Censorship Board have agreed to reject [the film].”

Noah, an adaptation of the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark, stars Russell Crowe in the title role and was scheduled to be released in Indonesia on March 28 — the same date as in the U.S.

However, the largest cinema franchise in Indonesia, 21 Group, confirms that it will no longer be releasing the film. “We will follow the censors’ decision, and Noah will not be screened,” said Catherine Keng, the company’s corporate secretary.

The news of the ban has been greeted largely with condemnation and derision in Indonesia’s social media forums. “Stupidity is indeed unlimited. The example is at LSF!” tweeted Mumu Aloha, managing editor of Detik.com’s entertainment website detikHot, referring to the Indonesian initials of the Film Censorship Board.

Other Twitter users pointed out the glaring inconsistency in the banning of the Darren Aronofsky–directed blockbuster on the one hand and the free availability of locally made soft-porn horror flicks on the other.

Said filmmaker Joko Anwar on his Twitter account: “Common sense in Indonesia regresses far. So sad.”

Islamic scholar Mohamad Guntur Romli also slammed the ban. “A film that is based on a biblical story can’t be accused of violating, for example, Islamic doctrines,” Guntur tweeted.

Noah, who appears in the Bible’s Book of Genesis, is revered by the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Indonesia, home to the world’s largest number of Muslim adherents, has a sizable Christian minority, comprising around 10% of its total population.

Censorship-board member Zainut defended the ban by claiming, “Essentially, the film contains elements of SARA” — the Indonesian acronym that refers to the country’s four sensitive issues: ethnicity, religion, race and sectarian sentiment.

But Guntur countered: “It’s the Film Censorship Board that could trigger SARA if they indeed ban Noah because it’s influenced by the Bible.”

The ban in Indonesia follows similar moves in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain in early March. A representative of Paramount Pictures, which produced the $125 million movie, said “The official statement they offered … is because ‘it contradicts the teachings of Islam.’”

Also this month, clerics at al-Azhar University, a main center of Islamic learning in Cairo, issued a religious edict against Noah, objecting to “any act depicting the messengers of God and the companions of the Prophet [Muhammad].” Egypt has yet to decide whether it would allow the film to be screened.

Zainut denied that Indonesia was influenced by the bans in the Middle East.

Early screenings of Noah also generated criticisms from conservative Christian groups in the U.S., who claimed the movie did not following the Bible story closely enough, though religious leaders have since come around and endorsed the film.

Rio Premiere of "NOAH"Crowe, who plays the ark-building patriarch, shrugs off the controversy his film has sparked in the Muslim world. “To be frank, given that it is a tenet of the Muslim religion that you can’t make stories or render images about the Prophet, it was not unexpected that some Islamic nations would ban the film,” he told the Telegraph.

The Indonesian censors do not say if the ban is due to the depiction of Noah. But Guntur points out that while images of the Prophet Muhammad are taboo in Indonesia, it is not uncommon to have other Islamic prophets, including Noah, as well as Muhammad’s companions, pictured in children’s comic books.

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which portrays the final hours of Jesus, whom Muslims regard as a prophet, was screened in Indonesia but banned in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. In Malaysia, the 2004 film was allowed to be screened for Christians only.

Tue, 25 March 2014


Volcanic eruption movies of Krakatoa: “Krakatoa, The Last Days” (2006), “Krakatau” (1977) & “Krakatoa, East of Java” (1969)


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THE 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) began on August 26, 1883 (with origins as early as May of that year) and culminated with several destructive eruptions of the remaining caldera. On August 27, two thirds of Krakatoa collapsed in a chain of titanic explosions, destroying most of the island and its surrounding archipelago. Additional alleged seismic activity continued to be reported until February 1884, though reports of those after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek’s investigation. It was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history, with at least 36,417 deaths being attributed to the eruption itself and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world.


Mount Krakatoa

Mount Krakatoa

Krakatoa, The Last Days (2006)


Krakatau (1977)

Krakatoa, East of Java (1969)

Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Produced by William R. Forman Philip Yordan
Written by Bernard Gordon Clifford Newton Gould
Starring Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Sal Mineo, Sumi Haru, Jacqui Chan
Music by Frank De Vol, Mack David
Distributed by Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Release dates May 14, 1969
Running time 131 min
Language English


“Dancer in the Dark” offers beauty despite tragedy

dancer inDarul Aqsha

Dancer In the Dark; Musical Melodrama, 140 minutes; Starring: Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Cara Seymour, Vladan Kostic; Written and Directed by Lars von Trier; Fine Life Features Production, 2000

JAKARTA (JP): People only know Bjork as a singer. But she can act too. Look at her debut exploration in Dancer in the Dark — winner of the Palme D’Or for the Best Director and the Best Female Performance at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Dancer In the Dark, unusually, opens with some abstract paintings, without credit titles. It’s a story about Selma Yezkova (Bjork), a Czech-born immigrant to the United States, in a suburb of Washington in 1964.

The single mother lives in a trailer with her 12-year-old son Gene (Vladan Kostic). They rent the trailer from neighbors, a local policeman Bill (David Morse) and his wife Linda (Cara Seymour).

Selma is gradually losing her eyesight due to a hereditary disease. To prevent the same fate affecting her son, she plans to have him operated on. She works really hard to save money, even working night shifts.

She’s lucky to have a faithful friend Kathy (Catherine Deneuve), who realizes her handicap, and accompanies her during the night shifts. Kathy always describes every detail when they watch musical movies and takes Selma to a music class where she has a role as Maria in a performance of The Sound of Music.

Selma also has to deal with Jeff, who likes her and always waits for her patiently, to offer a home. But she always turns it down.

One day, Bill steals Selma’s money, which had been saved to pay for her son’s surgery. When Selma asks Bill to return the money, they fight and the police officer is accidentally shot.

After the incident, Selma goes to pay for the surgery, using the false name of Oldrich Novy, a musical figure.

However, she gets arrested when attending her music rehearsal, as the director informs the police.

She fails to prove her innocence in court and is sentenced to death. Kathy and Jeff try to save her. Can they save their poor friend? It’s unfair to reveal the ending because it would be more satisfying for you to watch the movie yourselves.

dancerdarkDancer in the Dark is a melodramatic musical film that entertains the audience with beautiful song and dance.

Danish director Lars von Trier manages to portray the feel or atmosphere of a factory, truck, house, prison and courtroom to produce a musical performance that is a fascinating composition, completely different from the conventional, glamorous Hollywood musical.

Von Trier perfectly explores both Icelandic Bjork’s singing and acting talents. She receives huge support from French veteran actress Deneuve and American actor Morse. The active, moving camera makes the film more dynamic.

Bjork also composed the original score — a blend of funk, new wave and pop music — for the movie, as well as stunning the audience with her fascinating vocals. Among the songs are I’ve Seen It All — which earned an Oscar nomination for the Best Soundtrack, In the Musicals and Scatterheart. She recorded the songs in her Selmasongs album released last year.

Dancer In the Dark is von Trier’s second trilogy following Breaking the Waves (1996) starring Emily Watson, and The Idiots (1998) featuring Badil Largensen. The first trilogy is The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987) and Europa/Zentropa (1991).

The Jakarta Post
Sat, Sep 29 2001



“The Raid 2: Berandal” to Hit Theaters on March 28

raidAnindya Legia Putri

TEMPO.CO – Indonesian production action movie ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ will be released on theaters in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, United States, and Russia on March 28, 2014. The film, which is packed with bone-crunching actions, is directed by Gareth Evans and starred by Indonesian martial art actors Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian.

The Raid 2: Berandal's actor and actress, Iko Uwais, who played as Rama (left, male) and Julie Estelle, who played as Hammer Girl (right, female) at the movie premiere at Sunshine Landmark, New York (17/3). Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

The Raid 2: Berandal’s actor and actress, Iko Uwais, who played as Rama (left, male) and Julie Estelle, who played as Hammer Girl (right, female) at the movie premiere at Sunshine Landmark, New York (17/3). Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Evans is promising the martial art fanatics a more complex actions seasoned with a more dramatic plot, where Yayan Ruhian is presented as a contract killer who loves his family. The sequel of ‘The Raid: Redemption’ is also said to present a larger underworld than it was originally revealed in the first film. Three Japanese actors namely Ryuhei Matsuda, Kenichi Endo, and Kazuki Kitamura are also starring in the film.

“It took us about seven months to do the shooting. It’ll present more actions, surprises, and I hope that the film will be very welcomed by Indonesian people,” said Evans during the press conference of the film in Epicentrum, South Jakarta, on Friday.

The 148-minute movie involved Joseph Trapanese as the music composer. Joseph had previously collaborating with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda in working the music for ‘The Raid: Redemption’. The Raid 2: Berandal had previously garnered positive responses in the opening of the Sundance Film Festival and had previously screened at ARTE Indonesian Art Festival in Jakarta. The movie also became the film of choice in the SXSW Festival in Texas, United States.

Monday, 24 March, 2014



HOS Tjokroaminoto: Sukarno’s political mentor screened by Garin Nugroho, Christine Hakim

Riza Fauzan

tjokro 3 facesC&R Digital – AFTER last year, Hanung Bramantyo released movies that tells the First President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soekarno. Now, we will see the Indonesian film industry will be enliven again by national hero themed movies. This time it is “Sukarno’s professor” in terms of writing and speech, HOS Tjokroaminoto.

The film about HOS Tjokroaminoto is being worked by this country’s two professional filmmakers. This film will be directed by Garin Nugroho and produced by Christine Hakim .

Christine Hakim

Christine Hakim

Garin Nugroho

Garin Nugroho

Maia Desyanti, a granddaughter of Tjokroaminoto

Maia Desyanti, a granddaughter of Tjokroaminoto

“HOS Tjokroaminoto was a teacher of the father of Indonesia, Sukarno, as well as several other prominent figures in the struggle for Indonesian independence,” said Erik Hidayat, a spokesman for the family of HOS Tjokroaminoto, in a press release received by C&R Digital, Monday (10/2/14).

HOS Tjokroaminoto is one of the most important historical figure owned by Indonesia. Unfortunately, the name and the story of the HOS Tjokroaminoto tends to be forgotten by the people of Indonesia, especially the younger generation .

Reza Rahadian as Tjokroaminoto & Maia Desyanti

Reza Rahadian as Tjokroaminoto & Maia Desyanti

“The HOS Tjokroaminoto’s contributions for the birth and growth of Indonesia is invaluable,” he said .

The script of film, a cooperation between ‘Pick[k]lock’ production house with the HOS Tjokroaminoto Foundation is written by Ari Syarief. The plan to film it will be made later this month (February).

HOS Tjokroaminoto with 'blangkon'.

HOS Tjokroaminoto with ‘blangkon’.

HOS Tjokroaminoto with 'peci'.

HOS Tjokroaminoto with ‘peci’.

From 1917 until 1919, HOS Tjokroaminoto become a teacher some youth who would become major figures in Indonesia with different ideologies such as Sukarno, Alimin, Kartosuwiryo and Tan Malaka. Under this discipline of HOS Tjokroaminoto, Sukarno was moved for the first time to learn a speech every night.