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15 Latest Indonesian Movies to Watch in 2024

Written by Sera Serinda A

There's an exciting wave in Indonesian cinema, with each month bringing fresh and engaging films that stand shoulder to shoulder with international productions. These films are not just visually stunning but also rich in storytelling and acting. It's no surprise that several Indonesian movies have captivated audiences far and wide.

For enthusiasts of Indonesian film, Showpoiler is here to guide you through the newest film releases that are lighting up screens across the country. From heartwarming dramas to thrilling adventures, we've got the scoop on the latest must-watch movies. Check out our list to stay updated on the best of Indonesian cinema in 2023!

1. The Architecture of Love

Year 2024
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Cast Nicholas Saputra Putri Marino
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New York City's charm is irresistible. It draws in many, including the celebrated writer Raia (Putri Marino), who finds herself at a creative standstill.

Struggling with writer’s block, Raia chooses to search for inspiration in New York. She stays with her best friend, Erin, and immerses herself in the city’s vibrant life, hoping to find a story that demands to be told.

During one of her outings, Raia meets River (Nicholas Saputra), an architect from Jakarta. As they start seeing each other more often, a friendship begins to blossom between them.

However, as their feelings deepen, River begins to act differently. It appears he is concealing the scars of past traumas that have shaped him into the man he is now. Surprisingly, while Raia has feelings for River, she remains unaware that other men are also interested in her.

2. Glenn Fredly: The Movie

Year 2024
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Cast Marthino Lio
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Glenn Fredly The Movie, directed by Lukman Sardi, explores the life story of the late Indonesian music legend Glenn Fredly. The film takes us back to the early 2000s when his song "January" brought him to the peak of popularity.

Glenn's journey was not always smooth. Behind his success, he faced many obstacles, including the conflict in Ambon in 1999. Additionally, Glenn's relationship with his father was strained due to a prolonged conflict that gave another challenge for him.

Glenn realized he needed to have a positive impact on society. He sought to convey this value through his music. Will Glenn be able to fulfill his mission?


3. Dua Hati Biru

Year 2024
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Cast Angga Yunanda Aisha Nurra Datau Farrell Rafisqy
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The film "Dua Garis Biru" (Two Blue Stripes) left viewers with a burning question: what lies ahead for Dara and Bima after Dara chooses to pursue her dreams to study in South Korea, leaving Bima to care for their son alone? This movie promises to give the answers.

While Dara experiences the joy of studying in her dream country, she also faces the heartache of being separated from her husband, Bima, and their son, Adam. Long-distance relationships are nothing new to Dara and Bima; they've maintained their love from afar since before their marriage. However, the situation has shifted, and Bima now shoulders the dual role of both parents to Adam.

Challenges become real when Dara is back to Indonesia and wants to take over as Adam's primary caregiver. Unexpectedly, Adam fails to recognize her, puzzling Dara about her son's distant behavior. Not only that, interference from Bima's parents further complicates the family dynamics.

Ultimately, Bima and Dara choose to build their own household with Adam in a modest home. However, this decision does not make their lives easier. They face continual conflicts that test their capabilities as parents, proving that building a family life is never without its trials.

4. Siksa Kubur

Year 2024
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Cast Reza Rahadian Faradina Mufti
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"Siksa Kubur" or Grave Torture is an Indonesian movie written, produced, and directed by Joko Anwar. It's one of the most anticipated Indonesian horror films, following Joko Anwar's previous successful horror movies. What kind of horror stories will Joko create this time?

The film centers around a girl named Sita (Faradina Mufti) who rejects religion after her parents were killed in a suicide bombing. She's deeply skeptical about anything related to God. She is deeply driven by her anger, so she chooses to only believe in her own convictions.

However, Sita's brother Adil (Reza Rahardian), who works in a mortuary, tries to convince her of God's existence and the reality of religion. To challenge his claims, Sita decides to seek out the most sinful person and, upon their death, enter their grave to disprove Adil's beliefs.

What Sita experiences there is unexpected. Discover the full thrilling story in "Grave Torture"!

5. Badarawuhi Di Desa Penari

Year 2024
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Cast Aulia Sarah Maudy Effrosina
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Did you know the terror of Badarawuhi started long before she met Ayu and her friends? In this movie, the infamous dancing ghost disrupts the life of a girl named Mila.

Mila sought help beyond traditional medical treatments and turned to a shaman for aid because she's worried about her seriously ill mother. The shaman told her that to help her mother recover, she needed to return a dancer's bracelet to a village in East Java.

Mila agreed to do that. With her two older cousins, Yuda and Arya, she went to the village. What they didn't realize was that this village was Desa Penari (Dancing Village), the home of Badarawuhi.

Ignoring the advice to wait for the village elder, Mbah Buyut, Mila hurriedly tried to return the bracelet. This rash decision led to disastrous consequences, as Badarawuhi unleashed terror not only on Mila but also on everyone around her.

6. Keluar Main 1994

Year 2024
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Cast Arif Brata
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The movie Keluar Main 1994 is based on a very simple idea: a young boy torn between following his dreams and obeying his parents' wishes. What sets this film apart is its naturally delivered comedy.

The plot revolves around Ibo, a high school student who is passionate about football. He spends his days playing the sport with his closest friends: Pudding, Ippang, and Concong. Yet, Ibo's aspiration to become a professional footballer clashes with his father's plans for him.

His father, Pak Karim, insists that Ibo should concentrate on his academics and pursue a career as an engineer. To satisfy his father, Ibo starts attending extra tutoring sessions, where he meets a pleasant surprise: Vivi, his classmate and crush, is also one of the tutors.

Vivi's involvement inspires Ibo to excel academically. However, as the school's football tournament approaches, Ibo's dedication to his studies causes tension among his friends. They feel that Ibo is neglecting their practice sessions and the team's success. Now, should he prioritize his studies, strive to win the football tournament, or try to win Vivi’s affection?

24 Jam Bersama Gaspar (24 hours with Gaspar) features a cast of well-known celebrities and is a film adaptation of the 2017 mystery novel by Sabda Armandio. Intrigued by the compelling plot, director Yosep Anggi Noen has brought the story to life, with Netflix set to be the first platform to showcase the film.

The film centers on a detective named Gaspar who, after being diagnosed with a heart defect, learns he has only 24 hours left to live. So, he dedicates his remaining time to unraveling the longstanding mystery of his childhood friend Kirana’s disappearance.

Gaspar’s search leads him to a jewelry store owned by Wan Ali, who is Kirana’s father. To his shock, he discovers that Wan Ali is involved in a human trafficking ring.

Overcome with anger, Gaspar decides to rob Wan Ali’s store, seeing it as a way to avenge his friend’s disappearance.

This movie might ring a bell because it's a spin-off of the very famous 2005 film "Dealova." Even though it follows a similar theme, this movie brings a novel angle with a modern setting and new characters. Young and talented actors like Givina Lukita, Pradikta Wicaksono, and Harris Illano Vriza bring these characters to life.

The story centers on a high school student named Libby (Givina Lukita) who dreams big on winning an inter-school basketball competition. To improve her game, she seeks help from Tama (Harris Illano Vriza), a talented but difficult former basketball player known for his bad temper.

Libby's mother also doesn't want her playing basketball. So, she cleverly disguises her basketball passion by pretending to be a cheerleader. To keep her dream alive, she teams up with her best friend, Abi (Pradikta Wicaksono). They even fake a romantic relationship as part of their plan.

As Libby battles for her dreams, she finds herself in a complicated love triangle. Abi, who has genuine feelings for her, must compete with Tama, who also begins to have feelings for Libby. The movie takes us through this maze of young love and ambition, keeping us guessing who Libby will choose in the end.

9. Pemandi Jenazah

Year 2024
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Cast Aghniny Haque Djenar Maesa Ayu
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"Pemandi Jenazah" (loosely translated as "Morticians") directed by Hadrah Daeng Ratu, is a film that reveals a dark secret held by those who perform the sacred task of bathing the deceased. The film tells the story of Lela (Aghniny Haque) who takes on the respected duty of preparing the dead in her village.

Lela initially works alongside her mother, Mrs. Siti (Djenar Maesa Ayu), a veteran in this line of work. But when her mother passes away unexpectedly, Lela is the one who's responsible for continuing the tradition.

When Lela bathes her mother's body, she notices something unusual. Oddly enough, following her mother's passing, a series of deaths start happening in Lela's village, leaving everyone puzzled. What could be the cause of all this?

Based on a true story and penned by Lele Laila, "Pemandi Jenazah" is more than a horror movie. It challenges us to think about the deeper meanings of death and the spiritual aspects associated with the ritual of bathing the deceased.

10. Ali Topan

Year 2024
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Cast Jefri Nichol Lutesha
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Ali Topan (Jefri Nichol) grew up in a tough family situation but found his escape with his motorbike gang. He might look like a typical bad boy, but he's actually a smart student. His life changes when he meets Karenina (Lutesha), often called Anna, a girl from a very different world.

Anna, unlike Ali, comes from a wealthy, strict family. Despite their different backgrounds, Ali and Anna start to fall for each other and begin dating.

But their love faces a big hurdle – their social differences aren't accepted, particularly by Anna's parents. Feeling trapped by their families' rules, Ali and Anna decide to break free. They set off on a motorbike adventure across Java, searching for the future they dream of.

The film isn't just a love story about Ali and Anna. It also touches on important social issues, encouraging young people to understand freedom and take responsibility for their choices.

11. Pasutri Gaje

Year 2024
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Cast Reza Rahadian Bunga Citra Lestari
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"Pasutri Gaje" (loosely translated as Quirky Married Couple) is a movie that many people in Indonesia have been excitedly waiting for, especially those who love Annisa Nisfihani's webtoon, which inspired the film. The movie has big stars and is directed by Fajar Bustomi, which makes it even more appealing.

The story tells about a couple who both work as civil servants and their efforts to keep their marriage happy and strong, even when things get tough.

The main characters, Adimas (Reza Rahadian) and Adelia (Bunga Citra Lestari), face lots of challenges. For instance, Adel's dad still isn't fully on board with their marriage. Plus, they're dealing with the pressure to have kids, even though they've already been trying hard.

What's great about "Pasutri Gaje" is how it shows the kind of problems many married couples might face, but it does so with just the right amount of humor. It's a movie that's sure to entertain anyone who watches it.

12. Munkar

Year 2024
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Cast Adhisty Zara Safira Ratu Sofya
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The Umbara brothers are back at it again, showing their skill in making top-notch horror movies in Indonesia. Their latest film, "Munkar," brings to life the spooky story of the Herlina ghost, famous in Lamongan, East Java.

Directed by Anggy Umbara, the movie takes us inside an Islamic boarding school. Even though it's a religious place, it's not immune to bad things happening. Anggy and scriptwriter Evelyn Afnilia focus on the problem of bullying in their story.

Herlina, the main character, is always bullied by other students at the pesantren (boarding school). She can't take it anymore and tries to run away, but tragically, she gets hit by a truck and dies.

Then, something eerie happens. A few days after her death, Herlina comes back to the pesantren, looking healthy but different. That's when the real horror starts. This changed Herlina begins to haunt the boarding school, seeking revenge for what her classmates did to her in the past.

"Agak Laen" (loosely translated as Rather Different) is a comedy movie with a bit of horror, based on the podcast by its four main actors: Bene Dion, Indra Jegel, Boris Bokir, and Oki Rengga. If you enjoy the podcast, you'll be excited to see the Agak Laen team release their own film.

In this movie, they play four friends, each with their own money problems. Boris, Bene, and Jegel run a business together, managing a haunted house at the night market. But the business is struggling and facing the risk of going bankrupt.

Oki, who just got out of prison, comes up with a bright idea to make their haunted house scarier and more "realistic." However, things go wrong when one of the visitors has a heart attack and dies inside their haunted house.

Panicked, the four friends decide to bury the visitor's body in the haunted house. When the police start investigating, Oki and his friends come up with all sorts of crazy plans to cover up what really happened.

14. Ancika: Dia yang Bersamaku 1995

Year 2024
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Cast Zee JKT48 Arbani Yasiz
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Fans are eager to know what happens next in Dilan's life after he and Milea go their separate ways. In the charming city known for its romance, Dilan, a former leader of a motorcycle gang, crosses paths with Ancika Mehrunisa Rabu, a 17-year-old high school student. In 1995, Dilan is now a university student, quite different from Ancika.

Their first meeting at Ancika's grandfather's birthday party doesn't go well. Ancika has heard rumors about Dilan's past and isn't impressed. But fate has other plans, and they keep running into each other. Slowly, Ancika and Dilan begin to connect.

Dilan finds himself drawn to Ancika, who is quite unlike Milea, his previous love. He tries various ways to win her over. Ancika, though younger, surprises Dilan with her maturity and independence. She's not even interested in dating. This leaves everyone wondering: How will Dilan win Ancika's heart.

15. Sehidup Semati

Year 2024
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Cast Laura Basuki Ario Bayu
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"Sehidup Semati" is a thrilling story that digs into a pressing social issue in Indonesia; the lower status of women compared to men. This powerful concept, crafted by Upi Avianto over 13 years ago, finally comes to life with the help of Starvision production house.

The film features the talented Laura Basuki, known for her role in the similarly themed Sleep Call. She portrays Renata, a wife struggling with her husband Edwin's disturbing behavior, which threatens to shake the foundations of their marriage.

Renata has been taught that a wife's duty is to serve and uphold the family. So, when Edwin begins to act abusively, she endures it, fearing the breakdown of her marriage.

Things escalate when Renata suspects Edwin of having an affair with Ana, a woman rumored to have disappeared recently. Despite his denials, Renata seeks the truth. Her quest, however, leads to a terrifying ordeal involving Ana, and it only fuels Edwin's rage.

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