The Golden Cane Warrior

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The Golden Cane Warrior
Directed by Ifa Isfansyah
Produced by Mira Lesmana
Riri Riza
Written by Jujur Prananto
Story by Mira Lesmana
Riri Riza
Ifa Isfansyah
Eddie Cahyono
Starring Eva Celia
Nicholas Saputra
Reza Rahadian
Tara Basro
Christine Hakim
Slamet Rahardjo
Aria Kusumah
Darius Sinathrya
Prisia Nasution
Music by Erwin Gutawa
Miles Films
Distributed by Miles Films
Release date
  • 18 December 2014 (2014-12-18)
Running time
112 minutes
Country Indonesia Hong Kong
Language Indonesian Cantonese
Budget Rp 25 billion (USD 2 million)

The Golden Cane Warrior (Indonesian: Pendekar Tongkat Emas, Chinese: 黃金戰士 / 金杖戰士; pinyin: Jīn zhàng zhànshì/huang jīn zhànshì; Jyutping: gam1 zoeng6 zin3 si6) is a 2014 Indonesian alternate history martial art film[1] directed by Ifa Isfansyah and produced by Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza of Miles Films; starring Eva Celia, Nicholas Saputra, Reza Rahadian, Eva Celia, Tara Basro, Christine Hakim, Slamet Rahardjo, and Prisia Nasution.

The film revives the historical silat genre[2] which has not been present in Indonesia's film industry for years. While it depicts martial arts and violence, the film explores themes such as loyalty, integrity, ambition, and betrayal. It was released on 18 December 2014.


At the time of Tang Dynasty of the ancient Sichuan Province, Cempaka (Christine Hakim) is a silat master known as The Golden Cane Warrior. She has four disciples: Biru (Reza Rahadian), Gerhana (Tara Basro), Dara (Eva Celia), and Angin (Aria Kusumah); all of whom are the children of the enemies she defeated in the past. She plans to bequeath her powerful Golden Cane along with the ultimate technique which has helped her to be undefeated to one of her four disciples. She eventually chooses Dara, who initially feels uneasy about being the heir to the Golden Cane, to be her successor as The Golden Cane Warrior.

However, before she gets to teach the ultimate technique to Dara, she is betrayed and ambushed by Biru and Gerhana who want the Golden Cane for themselves on the journey to the place where she plans to teach Dara along with Angin whom she brings along to care for her deteriorating health. To give Dara and Angin the window to flee and save themselves, Cempaka fights Biru and Gerhana who manage to defeat and kill Cempaka whose health is getting worse. It is later known that Gerhana is the one who had been poisoning Cempaka with deadly snake venom.

Shocked by the betrayals of Biru and Gerhana as well as the death of Cempaka, Dara and Angin flee the scene but Biru and Gerhana catch up and attack them. During the fight between the four of them, Dara and Angin fall down a cliff but saved by a mysterious man. Waking up from her unconsciousness, Dara finds out that the man who saved her and Angin was Elang (Nicholas Saputra) who take them to his barn. Dara and Angin decide to embark on a mission to find The White Dragon Warrior, Cempaka's partner in the past who is the only person left to teach Dara the ultimate technique of the Golden Cane. However, Elang warns them that they're not ready to find the warrior.

Angin is later caught by a group of Red Wing Warriors who are deceived by Biru and Gerhana into believing that Dara and Angin are responsible for the death of Cempaka after betraying her. The master of the Red Wing Warriors (Whani Darmawan), a close friend of Cempaka, help Biru and Gerhana to hunt Dara and Angin down not knowing that the real betrayers are indeed the ones he trust. Dara exchanges the Golden Cane in return for Angin alive with Biru and Gerhana, who promised to let them go only to go back on his words. Trying to save Dara, Angin is later killed fighting Biru and Gerhana all by himself.

Angered by the death of Angin, Dara sneaks into the Red Wing Warriors compound which Biru and Gerhana has taken over after killing the master with the same snake venom they used to poison Cempaka. Elang intervenes and takes her with him knowing that she's not ready to fight Biru and Gerhana yet.

Elang apologizes to Dara saying that he should have helped her saving Angin earlier but he can't do so because he promised his father, who is later revealed to be The White Dragon Warrior (Darius Sinathriya), never to have anything to do with Cempaka, who is in fact White Dragon's past lover and his birth mother. He tells Dara that his father is dead and he is the only remaining person who knows the secret of the Golden Cane's ultimate technique; revealed to be a technique that can only be done by two warriors. Dara realizes at that moment that Cempaka meant to teach her and Angin the technique. She begs Elang to take her as his disciple, which he agrees to despite knowing that he is breaking the promise he made to his father. The Leader of the High Council (Slamet Rahardjo) advises against him teaching Dara, but he decides to do otherwise.

Back at the former Red Wing Warriors compound, which Biru and Gerhana have transformed into their Golden Cane Warriors compound, Biru has become very violent; killing anyone unwilling to obey his words. It is later revealed as well that Biru and Gerhana are in fact lovers.

One day, Dara and Elang invade the compound. She demands Biru to return the Golden Cane which is rightfully hers in peace and there will be no blood spilled, but Biru refuses. Dara then challenges Biru and Gerhana to fight her and Elang fairly allowing no one to intervene. During the fight between Dara and Gerhana, a girl walks out of a room and Dara asks Gerhana to take the fight somewhere else as she doesn't want to kill Gerhana in front of her daughter. They pause for a moment but Gerhana attacks Dara who is off-guard. Dara manages to defeat and kill Gerhana; making Biru angry. Biru blindly attacks Dara and Elang but is taken down by a blow, allowing Dara to snatch the Golden Cane. Biru gets up, attacking Dara and Elang with a huge tree trunk. Dara and Elang starts to spin holding the Golden Cane together; performing the Golden Cane's ultimate technique which kills Biru in a single blow.

Dara and Elang are later seen kissing and hugging; indicating that they have feelings for each other. However, the next morning, Elang leaves Dara who is saddened by his departure. Elang is seen talking to the Leader of the High Council, also Elang's Uncle, saying he is ready to serve the punishment for breaking the promise he made to his father. Dara, back at Cempaka's old barn, is seen teaching Biru and Gerhana's daughter martial arts; just as Cempaka took the children of her defeated enemies as her disciples.

Cast (in chinese names.)


Ifa Isfansyah, who previously received critical acclaim for his direction on Sang Penari, winning the Citra Award for Best Director, direct the film with Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza of Miles Films receiving credits for producing. The filming process takes place in East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara[3] for three months.[4] Jujur Prananto, known for writing the commercially successful Ada Apa dengan Cinta? and Ungu Violet, is credited for his screenplay with the story developed by Mira Lesmana, Riri Riza, Ifa Isfansyah, and Eddie Cahyono.

Chitra Subiakto is credited as the designer;[3] while renowned musician, Erwin Gutawa, provides the music for the film. Indonesian-born French-naturalized singer, Anggun, lends her vocal for the theme song "Fly My Eagle" which contains lyrics in both Indonesian and English.

Reza Rahadian, who plays the role of Biru, went through seven months of rigorous physical and martial arts training preparing for the film.[4] It is rumored that Rahadian is paid very high to appear in the movie, prompting local media outlets to name him the most expensive actor in Indonesia. However, Rahadian himself has personally disclosed that this is not the case.[5]

The film's estimated IDR 25 billion budget, or approximately USD 2 million,[6] is considered a fantastic figure for an Indonesian film production.


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  2. ^ "PENDEKAR TONGKAT EMAS". Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Geliat Sinema Laga Indonesia; Review Film Pendekar Tongkat Emas". Cerita EKA. 
  4. ^ a b "Reza Rahadian Tak Mudah Untuk Bisa Terlibat Di Pendekar - CINEMA 21". 
  5. ^ "Reza Rahardian Akan Naikkan Tarif Jika 'Pendekar Tongkat Emas' Meledak?". WowKeren. 
  6. ^ "Nicholas Saputra Cium Bibir Eva Celia di 'Pendekar Tongkat Emas'". WowKeren. 

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