Film #134: THE WARRIOR aka JAKA SEMBUNG
The Warrior (aka Jake Sembung)
2.5 out of 5 stars
More Indonesian silliness. This time, we get a film that rips off everything from BILLY JACK to ENTER THE DRAGON to RIKKI-OH and even the story of Jesus and stars Barry Prima (THE DEVIL’S SWORD, FEROCIOUS FEMALE FREEDOM FIGHTERS and directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra (SATAN’S SLAVES, PRIMITIVES). In the film, The Dutch are subjugating the people of Indonesia. “Jake Sembung” (Prima) is a local legend and ass-kickin’ “pacifist” Robin Hood-type who fights for the downtrodden people of… blah blah blah. The end result is a mildly entertaining mix of Action/Fantasy/Horror in which suspension wires are clearly visible, in-camera tricks are ridiculously apparent, and the ending, well… has to be seen to be believed. The film as a whole is not particularly well-done, but it is kind of entertaining in a “wacky” kind of way.