Si Tjonat is a 1929 bandit film from the Dutch East Indies (now
Indonesia). The silent film was directed by Nelson Wong and produced by
Wong and Jo Eng Sek. It was shot in black and white and starred Ku Fung
May and Herman Sim. Based on the novel (cover pictured) by F. D. J.
Pangemanann, it follows an indigenous man who flees to Batavia (today
Jakarta) and becomes a bandit after killing his fellow villager. After
kidnapping an ethnic Chinese woman, he is defeated and brought to
justice. The story had proved popular with ethnic Chinese readers and
was often adapted to the stage by Betawi troupes as a lenong stage
performance, but the film received mixed reviews. Although it was
intended as a serial, no sequel was ever made; the production house,
Batavia Motion Picture, closed soon afterwards. Several works in the
same genre as Si Tjonat were released, including Si Pitoeng in 1931,
which used the same director and star. The film has probably been lost.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Si_Tjonat>
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