Buffalo Boys (2018 film)

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Buffalo Boys
Buffalo Boys (2018 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byMike Wiluan
Screenplay by
  • Rayya Makarim
  • Raymond Lee
Story byMike Wiluan
CinematographyJohn Radel
Edited bySean Albertson
  • Infinite Frameworks
  • Zhao Wei Films
Distributed by
Release date
  • 14 July 2018 (Montreal)
  • 19 July 2018 (Indonesia)

Buffalo Boys is a 2018 internationally co-produced martial artswestern film that premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal on 14 July 2018.[1] It was released in Indonesia on 19 July 2018. It was selected as the Singaporean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[2]



On 3 July 2017, actor Tio Pakusadewo revealed production details of the film to Kompas, announcing that he was set to appear in it alongside the likes of Pevita Pearce, Ario Bayu, Happy Salma and El Manik. Principal photography was scheduled for 20 August 2017.[3]

The initial script for the film was roughly 150 pages before being condensed to 100 pages.[4] Director Mike Wiluan told Medcom.id he was frustrated with colonial-themed films being political or dramatic, likening it to a classroom, stating "We sit in the cinema for an hour or two, not to jump into class or study again." He came up with the idea of a cowboy western set in colonial Java first in 2014, three years before production on the film, with actor Ario Bayu being among the first to be informed of his plans.[5]

The audition process for the casting took about three months. The total number of actors and crew involved with the film numbered 220–230 people.[5] Filming took place across three months.[6] According to Wiluan, they had initially thought riding a buffalo would be easy similar to riding a horse. However, they found it to be one of the most difficult tasks.[7]

Yoshi Sudarso, in a 17 June 2018 interview, revealed he was offered a lucrative eight-year Hollywood contract as a stuntman and had to chose between doing the film or accepting the contract. After reading the script and speaking to the director, he made the decision to work on Buffalo Boys because his "heart and mind was in acting, not stunts anymore."[8] Sudarso also stated he was the last to join the cast, and had difficulty learning Indonesian, having moved to the United States at a age nine where he lived for 20 years and wasn't as fluent in the language. He spent a month learning, but stated that costars Pevita Pearce and Hannah Al Rashid were helpful.[9]


A teaser trailer for the film was released on 16 March 2018.[10] The full-length trailer was released on 20 April.[11]

On 2 May 2018, the line up for the 28th Fantasia International Film Festival was released which included a world premiere for the film.[12]

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  1. ^ "'Buffalo Boys' to have world premiere in Canada". The Jakarta Post. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick (4 September 2018). "'Buffalo Boys' Selected by Singapore for Foreign-Language Oscar Campaign". Variety. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Tio Pakusadewo hingga Pevita Pearce Siap Berlaga di "Buffalo Boys"". Kompas. 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ "NYAFF '18: Reinventing The Western With BUFFALO BOYS: Mike Wiluan, Ario Bayu, and Rayya Markim".
  5. ^ a b "Mike Wiluan soal Buffalo Boys: Bioskop Bukan Kelas Sejarah". Medcom.id.
  6. ^ "Film Buffalo Boys Gali Sejarah Indonesia Secara Mendalam". MetroTVNews.com.
  7. ^ "Tantangan Terberat Ario Bayu Bintangi Film Buffalo Boys". MetroTVNews.com.
  8. ^ "Demi Buffalo Boys, Yoshi Sudarso Tolak Tawaran Stunt di Hollywood". MetroTVNews.com.
  9. ^ "Kembali ke Tanah Air, Yoshi Sudarso Kesulitan Berbahasa Indonesia".
  10. ^ "Indonesian Western BUFFALO BOYS Teaser Promises Slick, Crowd Pleasing Fun".
  11. ^ "'Buffalo Boys' praised for action-packed first trailer". The Jakarta Post.
  12. ^ "Joe Dante, David Robert Mitchell Pics Among Fantasia Fest Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.

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