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Wednesday, 14 April
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium

Indonesia, 2009 (103 min)
Indonesian w/English subtitles
Dir: Ari Sihasale
Photography: Yudi Datau
Cast: Rangga Raditya, Lucky Martin, Mamiek Prakoso
Music: Ipang & Ridho Hafiedz

KING depicts the struggle of a poor village boy Guntur (played by newcomer Rangga Raditya) aided by his trusty sidekick Rada (Lucky Martin) trying to fulfill his father’s (Mamiek Prakoso) rigorous physical training program for him to become a badminton champ. His longtime idol is the legendary Indonesian badminton player Liem Swie King, from which the film takes its title. The story, written by actor/producer Ari Sihasale (Denias: Senandung di Atas Awan) making his directorial debut, serves as a nice reminder of the nation’s former glory in the racquet sport. Young and old alike will be mesmerized by the idyllic, postcard-like scenes shot beautifully by director of photography, Yudi Datau (Denias: Senandung di Atas Awan). The film captures the majestic grandeur of the mountains, hills and green fields of stunning Central Java. Look for Indonesia’s badminton greats making cameo appearances, including the legendary Lim Swie King, Hariyanto Arbi, and Ivana Lie. -Nauval Yazid, Jakarta Post

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Liem Swie King All England Badminton Finals 1981

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