Harta Berdarah (Bloody Treasure) is a 1940 action film from the Dutch
East Indies (now Indonesia). Directed by the recently hired Rd Ariffien
and R Hu for Union Films, the film was written by the journalist
Saeroen, who attempted to draw educated Native Indonesian audiences.
Starring Zonder and Soelastri, it tells of a young man who convinces a
stingy hadji to be more charitable and, in the process, falls in love
with the man's daughter. Released during Eid al-Fitr (a Muslim holiday
marking the end of Ramadan), Harta Berdarah was advertised as a
"magnificent Indonesian action hit". It used Zonder's silat martial arts
skills and Soelastri's fame as a traditional keroncong singer to draw
audiences. Reviews for the work were positive, with praise focused on
its acting and story. Although Harta Berdarah was screened as late as
1944, as with most contemporary productions it is now likely lost.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harta_Berdarah>
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Pontiac of the Odawa Native American tribe led an attempt to
seize Fort Detroit from the British, marking the start of Pontiac's War.
Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita founded the Tokyo
Telecommunications Engineering Corporation, which later changed its name
to Sony (headquarters pictured).
During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the United States bombed
the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
Police in Napier, New Zealand, began a 40-hour siege of the
home of a former New Zealand Army member who shot at officers during the
routine execution of a search warrant.
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