WIP Files: 1/13/14, RESEARCH: Laskar Pelangi, film, Tayla/Liani

I watched Laskar Pelangi, Rainbow Troops, which is based on a book by the same name written by Andrea Hirata. It’s about a group of poor school kids and their devoted teachers in Gantung, Belitung Island, Indonesia, in the 1970’s. More information on the book/film can be found at wikipedia.

This is the location where it’s set:



And here is where you can watch the movie with English subtitles (hit the little cc button if you don’t see them appear right away).

The movie made me laugh and cry. I thought it was really good. I liked two of the kids in particular; Lintang and Mahar. Mahar is really funny about midway through the movie, and he cracks me up how he keeps calling the other kids, “Boy.” He has a swagger that is so endearing. Lintang is super intelligent and a really good kid. I liked him a lot because he was also the glue that held others together in places.

I recommend the film if anyone is interested in the topic. I haven’t read the book but I’m assuming it would be as good as, if not better than, the film.

4 thoughts on “WIP Files: 1/13/14, RESEARCH: Laskar Pelangi, film, Tayla/Liani

  1. Fina Lau January 21, 2014 / 3:59 am

    Ha! You beat me to it. I haven’t watch the movie yet. I was intending to read the book first then watch the movie, since I know big chance I wouldn’t read the book if I watched the movie first. But I keep getting distracted by other things that I may as well throw the book and just watched the movie anyway. LOL

    • Ais January 21, 2014 / 8:54 am

      lol I was on a roll that day, but I still haven’t seen the other one. Merantau? You’ll have to let me know how the book is if you ever read it ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Fina Lau January 21, 2014 / 12:38 pm

        Will do ๐Ÿ˜€
        If you’ve watched Merantau and like the style, you might as well watch The Raid. Same director/writer, same actor. I somewhat think that is what might happen when a group of agents storming a hostile base. Nice fighting scenes, with erm….gore splattering here and there, though what little dialogues there are are really crappy lol

  2. Ais January 21, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Fina– YESSS thank you! I will watch both! I haven’t gotten to Merantau yet but I am absolutely planning to watch it– and now I’m excited to watch The Raid, too ๐Ÿ˜€ Those can totally be on my research agenda in the coming weeks. Thank you for all the recommendations! It’s awesome โค

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