Red & White (Merah Putih)
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The directorial debut of acclaimed Indonesian cinematographer Yadi Sugandi and the first film in a Freedom Trilogy celebrating Indonesian national history, Merah Putih (aka The Red and The White, another name for the Indonesian flag), is a sweeping historical epic that follows a band of soldiers fighting for their country's independence from the Dutch in 1947. The all-star cast is a veritable who's who of Indonesian cinema -- Lukman Sardi, Donny Alamsyah, Darius Sinathrya, and T. Rifnu Wikana -- and the film features lush cinematography of the beautiful Javanese countryside and special… More

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"This cliché-ridden war story from Indonesian director Yadi Sugandi suggests that the Dutch occupation of Indonesia in the post-war period played out like a tawdry TV movie made with the help of a dressing-up box and lots of fake blood and fireworks."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Not too bad, though a little plodding."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Sub-standard battle scenes and ropey characterisation drain this powerful story of its impact. Less history than histrionic."
‑ Sam Toy, Empire Magazine
"The historical events may be little known but everything else from the swelling score to the cardboard characters feels all too familiar."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The subject is fascinating, but the approach is flawed."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"In the end it resorts to slow-motion violence, confirming its mediocrity."
‑ Martyn Conterio, Little White Lies
"With the score swelling ludicrously every time the leads so much as scratch their heads, this would-be creation myth falls flat on its face."
‑ , Total Film
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