Friday, June 21, 2013

Brief Info about my Research: #CrazyIndonesia

1.       Hi all, today I am going to share about Cult/Exploitation/B Movies from  Indonesian (1970s-1990s) recirculated in Western world by DVD in 2000s. I will use hashtag #crazyindonesia
2.       My research at @uea_ftm is still at the very early stage. Hopefully anybody will give me feedback or suggestion on #crazyindonesia
3.       Please visit my research blog: thanks!
4.       In 2009,I already wrote the big picture of the phenomenon titled The Other Side of Indonesia: New Order’s Indonesian Exploitation Cinema as Cult Films
5.       I am very proud that this very paper was cited in Lobato’s Shadow Economies of Cinema and Mendik & MAthiisj’s 100 Cult Films #crazyindonesia
6.       Ah ya, in 100 Cult Films, #crazyindonesia is represented by  Lady Terminator (#54).the full list: #crazyindonesia
7.       Lady Terminator = Pembalasan Ratu Laut Selatan #crazyindonesia
8.       Free download of Lobato’s Shadow Economies of Cinema: #crazyindonesia

9.       For the definition of Cult cinema, among others, I use this anatomy, consumption, political economy, cultural status #crazyindonesia
10.   Perhaps many people already know that some international DVD labels redistributed some old Indonesian films. Among them: MondomacabroDVD @mondomacabro, Troma Team @tromateamvideo and VideoAsia #crazyindonesia
11.   For Indonesian context, it was @jokoanwar who mentioned it first on his essay at The Jakarta Post : 9 December 2001 #crazyindonesia

12.   @jokoanwar  also mentioned this  phenomenon in his next writing while reviewing a movie: 26 July 2003. In 2005 he put some DVD covers into his multiply blog (the link is vanished  now, so sad) #crazyindonesia
13.   Today I’m focusing on fandom and reception of those films in Western countries.  #crazyindonesia
14.   It is amazing that those films from late 1970s to early 1990s are still available (VHS, DVD, VCD) and celebrated by  cult followers all over the world #crazyindonesia
15.   The life spans of the films are longer than those art-house cinemas or some box office. It is very hard to find films by USmar Ismail, Garin Nugroho, or Teguh Karya in home video format #crazyindonesia
16.   On the other hand, the fans celebrate fantasy and action genre  directors such as Arizal, Sisworo Gautama, Jopi Burnama, Ratno Timoer, Ackyl Anwari, Imam Tantowi, and Tjut Djalil #crazyindonesia
17.   The main reason why #crazyindonesia films exist:  international distributors redistribute the films and the fans celebrate & produce texts from them #crazyindonesia

18.   International distributors prefer these low-budget “low-taste” films since the beginning of Indonesia’s involvement in international film market: 1982 #crazyindonesia
19.   SM Ardan wrote:  Permanent Working Committee for the Promotion and Marketing of Indonesia Films Abroad of The National Film Council sold some b movies at The Manila International Film Festival, 18-29 January 1982.  #crazyindonesia
20.   Some of the titles are Srigala (The jackal), Ratu Ilmu Hitam (Queen of Black Magic), Primitif (Primitive), and Lima Cewek Jagoan (Five Superwomen, also known as Five Deadly Girls); #crazyindonesia
21.   In 1983, at the same event, they sold marketed rights to some films, including Pendekar Liar (The Outlaw Hero), Jaka Sembung (The Warrior), Perhitungan Terakhir (The Final Judgement) and Membakar Matahari (Burning The Sun, also known as Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters 2)  #crazyindonesia
22.   Producer of Rapi Films @rapifilms  Gope Samtani says that the first time they sold a film for international market was Primitive for an Italian distributor company. Later on, they sold many films at Cannes, American Film Market, and other film market. Among others:   Jaka SEmbung (the Warrior), and Hell Raider Pasukan Berani Mati,) #crazyindonesia
23.   Apparently, buyers at international film market prefer exploitation cinema, not art-house cinema or drama ones. #crazyindonesia
24.   So, since 1982, film producers, especially Rapi Film & Parkit Film, made films for international market. Mostly, straight-to-video with VHS format.  #crazyindonesia
25.   There are 2 kinds of films: (1) the ones with “Indonesian Genre” (Karl Heider),such as silat, kompeni, and legend: Jaka Sembung (The Warrior), Queen of Black Magic etc #crazyindonesia
26.   (2) the ones that specifically for foreign market who love exploitation (women-in-prison, womensploitation, cannibalism etc) #crazyindonesia

27.   The producers served the taste of Cult fans, dubbed the films into English and use foreign actor (Peter O’Brian, Chris Mitchum, Cynthia Rothrock,etc). #crazyindonesia
28.   Let’s enter the world of fans studies and  reception studies. Mostly, cult fans seek for the unusual, the unknown, and the exotic #crazyindonesia
29.   The term #crazyintdonesia was coined by Jack J, a big his blog, he wrote “Crazy Indonesia: The Amazing THE WARRIOR Series, July 9 2009
30.   The term “The Warrior series “ obviously refers to Jaka Sembung movies. #crazyindonesia
31.   Jack J also uses the term #CrazyIndonesia  in a AVManiac Forum  thread, started in 14 Sept 2007 by Jack J: #crazyindonesia
32.   Jack J also runs Backyard Asia, dedicated for paracinema #crazyindonesia
33.   Other term is “Indonesia Cine-Insanity”, coined by Lew Ojeda. #crazyindonesia
34.   Ojeda also use the term   “The Golden Age of  Indonesian Exploitation Films”, when he organized a midnight  lecture on the topic  in Chicago :  #crazyindonesia
35.   Ojeda also  did the first interview with Barbara Anne Constable, The Lady Terminator : #crazyindonesia
36.   Other blog: Todd’s Die danger Die Die Kill  @4dk #crazyindonesia
37.   Other blog: Emma Westwood: The Westwood Digest  #crazyindonesia
38.   Andrew Leavold @andrewleavold  is also a big fan of of his reviews is Primitive: #crazyindonesia
39.  Primitive (Primitif) is the first film of Barry Prima, one of the #crazyindonesia cult icons. #crazyindonesia
40.  #crazyindonesia  is very famous,  TIFF  Midnight Madness @mmadnesstiff mentioned it in its blog:
 Barely Scratching the Surface of Indonesian Cult Cinema #crazyindonesia
41.   Other Forum: Cinehound Forum: #crazyindonesia
42.   How about critical responses from film critics or journalists? I will elaborate some online media #crazyindonesia
43.   Cinema Strikes Back: #crazyindonesia
45.  Mondo Digital (Weird and Wild Cinema) @mondodigital #crazyindonesia
46.   10K Bullets (exploring the world of cinema, from art-house to grindhouse) #crazyindonesia

47.  10k Bullets on The Warrior:
48.  Monsters At Play   on Devil’s Sword #crazyindonesia
49.  DVD Drive-In on Lady Terminator: #crazyindonesia
50.  Box Office Prophecy  on Lady Terminator #crazyindonesia
51.  Eccentric Cinema on Dangerous Seductress #crazyindonesia
52.  Kyonsi Online on Dangerous Seductress
53.  DVD Maniacs on  Queen of Black Magic (Ratu Ilmu Hitam, Liliek Sudjio, 1979)  #crazyindonesia
54.  Extraordinary Movie and Video Guide’s  list on Indonesian films
55.   Die danger Die Die Kill @4dk ‘s list on Indonesian Cinema: #crazyindonesia
56.   The Merry Frolics  of Teleport City’s  list on Indonesian Cinema #crazyindonesia
57.  #Crazy Indonesia  was discussed among others in Cool Ass Cinema: #crazyindonesia
58.  DVD Verdict @dvdverdict on Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters (Perempuan Bergairah, Jopi Burnama, 1982) #crazyindonesia
59.   Trash Film Guru  @trashfilmguru on Lady Terminator: #crazyindonesia
60.  Brain Eater on Makhluk Dari Neraka: #crazyindonesia
61.  To celebrate #crazyindonesia, sometimes fans do the screenings. I will elaborate some of them #crazyindonesia
62.   Junk Food Dinner screening of  Lady Terminator #crazyindonesia
63.  Arizal Marathonin New York City :
64.   Ferocious screening by WASHINGTON PSYCHOTRONIC FILM SOCIETY ( ): #crazyindonesia
66.   Lady Terminator Toronto Screening: 24 February 2012: the Cinema Studies Student Union , University of Toronto #crazyindonesia
68.   A screening at @uhcseas Hawaii: WILD, WILD WEEKEND OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN EXPLOITATION MOVIES, 2008 #crazyindonesia


  Trivia: can you guess the Indonesian titles of the movies below: #crazyindonesia
70.   #trivia   Special Silencers (Arizal, 1979) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
71.   #trivia Five Deadly Angels, (Danu Umbara, 1983) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
72.   #trivia The Blazing Battle (Imam Tantowi, 1983) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
73.   #trivia Escape from Hell Hole (Maman Firmansyah, 1983) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
74.   #trivia No Time to Die (Danger - Keine Zeit zum Sterben, Helmut Ashley, E.G. Bakker, Hasmanan, 1983) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
75.   #trivia Revenge of Ninja (Ratno Timoer, 1984) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
76.   #trivia Blind Warrior (Ratno Timoer, 1985), full title, please J = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
77.   #trivia Daredevil Commandos (E.G. Bakker, 1985) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
78.   #trivia Hell Raiders (Imam Tantowi, 1985) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
79.   #trivia Bloody Vengeance (Ackyl Anwari, 1985) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
80.   #trivia The Stabilizer (Arizal, 1986) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
81.   #trivia Lady Exterminator (I Want to Get Even, Maman Firmansyah, 1983) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
82.   #trivia1988    Empire on Fire, Maman Firmansjah = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
83.   #trivia 1988   Forceful Impact  , Ackyl Anwary = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
84.   #trivia Double Crosser / Crocodile Cage   (Arizal 1990) = … #originaltitle #crazyindonesia
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