The Last Samurai

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Nathan Algren has decided to join Katsumoto’s resistance after perceiving that the Emperor is sort of puppet to Omura.

Self-discovery is a mystery. We can never know where and when we will gain understanding about our own character. What is left for us is a painstaking and endless effort to get the outcomes since, basically, everyone is blessed by the courage to claim his birthright. One thing for sure, no revolution occurs during steady moment; mainly due to an anxious personality will not be able to establish peaceful situation surrounding him. The journey of self-discovery is the main topic in The Last Samurai, a film starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe as the leading characters released in 2003.

The Last Samurai is opened by a scene in which Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is about to demonstrate the newly invented rifle. The man has very low self-esteem caused by his past actions as officer of the United States 7th Cavalry Regiment to Indian people. He has no friends but alcohol and regret until the day when he has Col Bagley (Tony Goldwyn), an active army officer, and Omura (Masato Harada), a Japanese Read more

Gods of Egypt

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Bek and Horus at the garden created by Osiris.

What makes the world go around? It is nothing more than ego. The same driving force might be the cause, the primary cause, of the creation of this world. But, whose ego then? Surely, it is God’s ego that plays the role of the governing dynamics. He doesn’t need human being to worship Him. Nevertheless, He needs us, human being, to make sure His Existence and Power recognizable. Like it or not, we must get used to such asymmetrical relationship until we die.

Gods of Egypt, the latest movie of Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush best illustrates the notion above. Set (Gerard Butler) and Osiris (Bryan Brown) are brothers; sons of Ra (Geoffrey Rush), the Creator of the Universe and serves as the most powerful God. Set is hungry for power. On the coronation of Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), son of Osiris, as the next King of Egypt replacing his father, Set Read more

My Promised Land

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My Promised Land: A non-fiction book by Ari Shavit

Since ancient times, Middle East has never slept. Social unrest, political turmoil, riots, birth of new religion and war have characterized the area. The conflicts have been more intense after the establishment of a country named Israel in the middle of 20th century. None of us knows the future of a single country in the world. We can’t also predict the future and fate of a country since its establishment thanks to its complex dynamic. Chapters, stories and records in My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel provide historic accounts about Israel so far and give a glimpse for us to imagine the future of the country.

The book is written in form of personal narrative history of the state of Israel. It deals with the existing internal and external pressures in Israel which suggest that there are some existential crises within Israel. Consists of 17 Read more

The Legend of Tarzan

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The legendary Tarzan is John Clayton III a.k.a. Lord Greystoke, the husband of Jane Porter.

As a movement, human rights is something rather new. It takes World War II, in which persecution towards Jews in Europe took place, to introduce the concept globally. However, only a few realize and remember what European countries did (and do?) upon the third countries and the rest of the world for centuries prior to the world war happened. Colonialism, persecution, slavery, mass murder and ethnic cleansing are among cruel and nasty things they did in the past. Such inhuman and immoral conducts gave birth numerous famous legends worldwide, which is The Legend of Tarzan is one of them.

Tarzan (Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård) is John Clayton III or Lord Greystoke, a British nobleman of the Greystoke’s who is raised by gorillas in the African jungle. As he is introduced to human civilization and Read more

Point Break

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Johnny Utah welcomed by the group after doing jumping from the height of the Alps.

Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) is an extreme sport athlete who quits his profession after the tragic death of Jeff, his colleague and best friend. Seven years after the incident, Johnny takes totally different path of life: working behind the desk as an FBI agent. However, his choice is not an easy one since he has to prove his instructor (Delroy Lindo) that he is the right man at the right place. And, Johnny has the opportunity to prove.

A group of bandits of unknown identities and motifs has taken unusual crime against international community. For instance, they rob diamond-sorting facility in India only to share the diamonds to the poor. In another occasion, they take billions of dollars of money from a plane then ‘purge’ the money to the poor from the sky of South America. Such habits create puzzling Read more

Imamul Muhtadin: The True Story of Muhammad’s Cousin, The Fourth Caliph, and Fatima’s Beloved Husband

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Imamul Muhtadin: The True Story of Muhammad’s Cousin, The Fourth Caliph, and Fatima’s Beloved Husband A biography of Ali bin Abi Thalib a.s. by H.M.H. Al Hamid Al Husaini

Ali bin Abi Thalib is placed second among the list of important figures in Islam. The cousin of Mohammed the Prophet has tremendous and outstanding role on the spread of Islam and and Islamic teaching. History has provided us the fact that Ali bin Abi Thalib is among the first believer of Mohammed – and the youngst of all. When teens of his age were very busy, Ali bin Abi Thalib had surrendered himself to Islam, by taking risky acts to protect the life of Mohammed the Prophet, his own cousin. Such brave attitude gets stronger by the time he is getting older. That is why Mohammed the Prophet loves him very much, and commences him as military commander in some battles. In addition to his magnificent strength, Ali bin Abi Thalib is considered as the most intelligent among his contemporaries. For that, Mohammed the Prophet said that if Mohammed is the city of knowledge, then Ali bin Abi Thalib is the gate to the city. There is no single knowledge Mohammed the Prophet possesses that is not passed and Read more

Schindler’s List

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Schindler’s List: A fictional biography of Oskar Schindler by Thomas Keneally

The name Oskar Schindler will never be forgotten, especially among Jewish community. Prominent German industrialist who made fortune during World War II, Oskar is highly praised for being the first businessman to perform practical philanthropy in modern world by saving the lives of Jews from further horror: death. It was something dangerous, especially for a member of Nazi party like him.

Written by Thomas Keneally, Schindler’s List serves as a fictional biography of the honorable live-saver. It took years for Thomas to complete the book. But, he got assistance and support from the descendants of the Schindler Juden who had given him resources needed. The hard work finally paid off since Steven Spielberg put the Read more

A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind: A non-fiction by Sylvia Nasar

The life of the late John Nash (1928-2015) is a vivid example of the transformation of rumor into world legend. There was a time in Princeton University people, who did not know his undertaking during his youth, called him ‘Phantom of the Fine Hall’. Died last May in a car accident with his beloved wife, Alicia Larde, whom he met while was in MIT, his existence has inspired many. It is easy to understand and follow the rise and fall of a businessman. But, it is difficult to comprehend and appreciate the rise and fall of a genius. Nash, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in 1950s, sparks controversy when Nobel committee refuses to grant him the prize. It takes 45 years for him to Read more

The Great Wall

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Influenced by Eastern value proposed by Commander Lin, William supports Imperial troops in stopping Tao Tei from making further calamity.

Both East and West have nothing in common when it comes to knowledge. The first tends to see knowledge as the source of wisdom, while the latter perceives knowledge as the source of power. Will it be a problem in daily life? It can be. On personal level, I mean. But, on the broader sense, such opposite beliefs work hand-in-hand, filling in the void spaces created by the values themselves, in order to gain the intended results. And, this is the moral of latest Zhang Yimou’s movie entitled The Great Wall.

The movie is started by a scene in which a group of Western men and an Arabic is chased by Khitan bandits. Their journey to find black powder brings them closer to the Great Wall of China during the era Renzong Emperor of Song Dynasty. However, only two guys manage to escape from brutal killings done by unknown creatures. William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal), both are Read more

Kung Fu Yoga

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Randall, Jack, and Jones Lee dance at the end of the movie. Celebrating One Road-One Belt policy? One thing for sure, dancing solves everything.

When it comes to cooperative political agenda among two countries, cinema work seems to be one of the most efficient and effective ways to enhance the outcomes. We can learn this from the result of fruitful Xi Jinping’s visit to India few years ago. Back on May 2015, it was announced that both Asian giants will produce movie entitled Kung Fu Yoga to commemorate India-China relationship which has lasted for about two millenial; the most notable is Buddhism’s success story, a religion originated in India and gain most of its followers in China. However, the movie doesn’t involve such primordial and personal issue. As the millenium has changed, it is now materialism which has replace one’s religiosity and manifests into an adjective called greedy.

Kung Fu Yoga is started by Wang Xuance, the Tang Dynasty representative to India, c.a. 647 A.D. helps General Bhima of the Kingdom of Magadha in a battle against rebels led by General Arunasva. The envoy then goes to China in order to get reinforcement accompanied by General Bhima. Princess Gitanjani Read more