Joe Taslim

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Joe Taslim
Johannes Taslim Anggara

(1981-06-23) June 23, 1981 (age 38)
Nationality Indonesia
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Julie Taslim (m. 2004)[1]

Johanes Taslim (born June 23, 1981) is an Indonesian actor and martial artist of Chinese descent. A member of the Indonesia Judo national team from 1997 to 2009, Taslim is best known for his breakthrough role as "Jaka" in the critically acclaimed The Raid (2011) and later going on to play "Jah" in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), which marked his first role in a film outside Indonesia.[2][3] He starred in the role of Ito in the 2018 Netflix film, The Night Comes for Us.[4][5] Currently, Taslim stars as Li Yong in the Cinemax action series, Warrior.

Martial art and sport career[edit]

Taslim was born in Palembang, Indonesia, the son of Maria Taslim and Mardjuki Taslim.[6] He was exposed to martial arts at an early age. His martial arts training includes pencak silat, wushu, judo, taekwondo and shotokan.[7] However, he found his passion in Judo and this led to his career as a professional Judo athlete. He won several gold medals in national championships, a gold medal at the 1999 South East Asia Judo Championships, and a silver medal at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. Taslim was a member of Indonesia Judo national team from 1997 to 2009, when an injury forced him to retire.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Taslim is active as a model and actor, appearing in magazines, TV commercials and several Indonesian feature films. In 2010, Taslim won the role of Jaka, a sergeant in a special police squad, in the award-winning The Raid, after a series of impressive fight auditions and reading.[8] Following The Raid, Taslim took part in HBO Asia's first action horror film, Dead Mine, which had a theatrical release in selected Asian territories in September 2012, followed by exclusive television premieres across the HBO Asia network.[9][10][11][12]

Taslim appeared in the feature film Fast & Furious 6 (2013), as the villainous Jah, a mercenary who uses his martial arts to fight two of the film's protagonists, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang).[13]

In May 2013, it was reported that Taslim would star in the action thriller film The Night Comes for Us.[14] In September 2014, pre-production on the film was halted[15] and it was reported the script would instead become a graphic novel. The film was eventually released by Netflix on October 19, 2018.[16] In 2016, he played an antagonist character, Manas, a former first officer of Captain Balthazar Edison (played by Idris Elba), Anderson Le, turned into an alien in Star Trek Beyond.

In 2017, Taslim was cast in the role of Li Yong in the Cinemax action series, Warrior.[17] The series premiered on April 5, 2019.[18] In July 2019, Taslim was cast as Bi-Han/Sub-Zero in the Mortal Kombat reboot film.



Year Title Role Notes Ref
2008 Karma Armand Guan
2009 Rasa
2011 The Raid Sergeant Jaka
2012 Dead Mine Joko
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Jah
2013 La Tahzan
(Don't be Sad)
2016 Star Trek Beyond Manas/Anderson Le
2017 Surat Kecil untuk Tuhan
(A Small Letter to God)
2018 The Night Comes for Us Ito
2019 The Swordsman Gurutai Post-production
2019 Hit and Run Tegar Post-production
2021 Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero Filming


Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2019 Warrior Li Yong Cinemax [19]

Sport achievements[edit]

Year Event Sport Division Result Ref(s).
1999 Southeast Asia Judo Championships Singapore Judo Men Free Class Gold [2][20]
2007 Southeast Asian Games Judo Men –81 kg Silver [2][20]
2008 Indonesia National Games XVII Judo Men –81 kg Gold [2][20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Work Result Ref.
2013 Maya Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role La Tahzan Nominated [21]
2013 Indonesian Film Festival Best Leading Actor La Tahzan Nominated [22]
2014 Indonesian Movie Awards Best Actor La Tahzan Won [23]
2014 Indonesian Movie Awards Favorite Actor La Tahzan Nominated [24]
2015 Indonesia Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Actor Joe Taslim Won [25]
2016 APAN Star Awards Best APAN Star Award Joe Taslim Won [26]
2016 Infotainment Awards Indonesian Celebrity of World Achievement Joe Taslim Nominated [27]
2017 Style Awards Actor of the Year Joe Taslim Won [28]


  1. ^ a b "Guess what?: Joe Taslim takes family to overseas movie shoots". The Jakarta Post. December 8, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e M. Berlian (January 15, 2012). "Exclusive Feature: Joe Taslim of "The Raid"". DA MAN. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Novanda, Regina (October 4, 2016). "Joe Taslim, Mantan Atlet Judo yang Sukses Tembus Hollywood" [Joe Taslim, a former Judo athlete who breaks to Hollywood]. Bintang (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Frater, Patrick (October 1, 2018). "Netflix Sets Indonesian Action Film 'The Night Comes For Us' For October". Variety. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Gullickson, Brad (September 27, 2018). "Timo Tjahjanto and Joe Taslim on Unleashing Action Movie Hell in 'The Night Comes For Us'". Film School Rejects. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Deri. "Biography Joe Taslim: Judo Membawanya jadi Komandan Pasukan Khusus" [Joe Taslim biography: Judo brought him to special force commander] (in Indonesian). 21 Cineplex. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  7. ^ M2 Magazine, March 2012 edition (in Indonesian)
  8. ^ "Bio For: Johanes Taslim". Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  9. ^ "HBO Asia's 'Dead Mine' sports international cast and crew". The Sun Daily. December 31, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Siregar, Lisa (2011-12-27). "HBO Asia Film is 'Dead' on Target". Jakarta Globe. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2012-08-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ Si Wan, Leow (January 6, 2012). "Dead Mine: Action-horror film is HBO Asia's first original production". Yahoo. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Ngantung, Daniel (August 3, 2012). "Film Dead Mine Dirilis Pertengahan September" ['Dead Mine' to be released in mid-September]. Tribun News (in Indonesian). Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  13. ^ Sneider, Jeff (July 7, 2012). "'Raid' actor joins 'Fast and Furious 6'". Variety. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  14. ^ "Gareth Evans and XYZ Films Team Up for Bloody Thriller The Night Comes For Us". Dread Central. May 17, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  15. ^ Primera, Dita (October 26, 2016). "Iko Uwais dan Joe Taslim Siap Main Bareng di 'The Night Comes From Us'" [Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim are ready to play in 'The Night Comes From Us']. Solopos FM (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Donato, Matt (25 September 2018). "'The Night Comes for Us' Review: A Bloody, Action-Packed, Punch-a-Minute Thriller [Fantastic Fest]". Slash Film. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 11, 2017). "'Warrior': Cinemax Sets Cast & Director For Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Series". Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Li, Shirley (February 8, 2019). "Justin Lin talks bringing Bruce Lee's passion project to life in Warrior first look photos". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 11, 2017). "'Warrior': Cinemax Sets Cast & Director For Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  20. ^ a b c Manila, Sinta (January 10, 2017). "Ini Lho Foto Joe Taslim Jaman Berondong Saat Pernah Harumkan Nama Bangsa" [This is a photo of Joe Taslim youth when glorified the name of the nation]. Tribun News (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  21. ^ Effendi, Ahmad (December 10, 2013). "Yuk, Intip Daftar Nominasi Piala Maya 2013!" [List of the nominees of the 2013 Maya Awards]. (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "Ini Daftar Lengkap Nominasi FFI 2013" [Complete list of the nominees of the 2013 Indonesian Film Festival]. (in Indonesian). November 22, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  23. ^ Pamungkas, Alan (May 15, 2014). "Inilah Pemenang Indonesian Movie Awards 2014" [Here are the winners of the 2014 Indonesian Movie Awards]. Okezone (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  24. ^ Syaukani, Abdul Rahman (May 7, 2014). "Ini Daftar Lengkap Nominasi Indonesian Movie Awards 2014" [Here is the nominees of the 2014 Indonesian Movie Awards]. Tabloid Bintang (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  25. ^ Rayendra, Panditio (June 11, 2015). "Daftar Lengkap Pemenang Indonesia Kids Choice Awards 2015" [Complete list of the winners of the 2015 Indonesian Kids' Choice Awards]. Tabloid Bintang (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  26. ^ C. Hong (October 2, 2016). "Winners Announced for the 2016 APAN Star Awards". Soompi. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  27. ^ "Daftar lengkap pemenang Infotainment Awards 2016" [Complete list of the winners of the 2016 Infotainment Awards]. Rappler (in Indonesian). January 22, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  28. ^ Elizabeth, Priscilla (September 29, 2017). "Trinaya Media Presents Style Awards 2017". Elle Indonesia (in Indonesian). Retrieved January 19, 2018.

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