I watched Avatar movie last night. Gosh....it was one of the best movies i've ever watched. Our imagination was beautifully unleashed, our eyes were softly pampered, with magnificent scene-by-scene motion. I was stuck at my seat, and realized that i hadnt even moved a bit for 2.5 hours. Bravo, James Cameron. These last month, Indonesia has been hardly 'hit' by great Hollywood movie, from Twillight Saga : New Moon, 2012, Avatar, and some other. We released the sequel of Laskar Pelangi (Sang Pemimpi), but it is like lizard vs crocodile. To create an Avatar or 2012-like movie, currently it is far beyond our capacity, unless we really put so much effort (money, expertise, time, patience) into. GNFI recommend that Indonesia should really move forward with epic/collosal movies like Saur Sepuh, Diponegoro, Cut Nya' Dien, or movies about tales of Indonesia's ancient kingdoms, like Majapahit, Mataram, Srivijaya, or movies about independence or revolution like Janur Kuning, Lebak Membara, things like that. I asked my boss (he is an american) regarding this issue, and he said that he is really proud of being american through movies. Yes, movies can be a good mean to promote our nation, just like what Australia, Thailand, Korea, and France did. Indonesian directors and producers have long been known as profit-minded people... Well, promoting history can be profitable too, rite? It is said that East Java and West Java province would join-hands to make a movie about BUBAT WAR, a great war between Majapahit (east Java) Vs Pajajaran (West Java/Sunda). If it is seriously work on, it'd be a great movie, and something moviegoers look forward to. Then we can position ourselves to deal head-to-head with Avatar-like movie. The tragedy of Bubat War began with the desire of Hayam Wuruk to wed Sunda Princess, Dyah Pitaloka Citrasemi. Legend said it that Hayam Wuruk saw the picture of Dyah Pitaloka that was painted by Sungging Prabangkara. Other legend said that Hayam Wuruk who had no wife was looking for one that could be respected and loved by the people, and he heard that the beautiful Sundanese Princess had those characteristics. Hayam Wuruk then sent a messenger to Sunda-Galuh to propose Dyah Pitaloka, in which this proposal was accepted by the Sundanese royal family. Hayam Wuruk himself was said to have Sundanese blood. Hence, it was expected that this marriage can make the Sunda Kingdom and Majapahit closer. At that time, it was customary for the groom to go to the bride. However, at that time Hayam Wuruk asked Dyah Pitaloka to come to Majapahit instead. This was objected by several royal family members of Sunda as well as its Maha Patih, Hyang Bunisora Suradipati. However, the king, Maharaja Linggabuana, finally decided to bring Dyah Pitaloka to Majapahit. They went together with the Queen, Dewi Lara Linsing, and a small group of Balapati squad the royal army and several high officials and ministers of the kingdom. Their number was less than 100. When the Sunda party arrived at the designated place in Bubat district, which was located just north of Majapahit capital of Trowulan, they found that they were not welcomed as expected. According to Pararaton, Gajah Mada did not want an official wedding between Dyah Pitaloka and Hayam Wuruk, and demanded that Linggabuana give his daughter as a tribute and sign of submission of Sunda Kingdom to Majapahit; this would fulfill the Palapa Oath that was declared by Gajah Mada. Of course Linggabuana became enraged and exchanges of insults took place, which led to a war between the bridal party from the Sunda Kingdom and Gajah Mada’s army. This war was not really fair because the Sundanese army had only less than 100 people and Gajah Mada’s army itself was more than 1,000 people. In the end the bridal party all died, including the king Linggabuana and his daughter, Dyah Pitaloka. There were several theories regarding the death of Dyah Pitaloka. A source said that Dyah Pitaloka also joined in the war and managed to wound Gajah Mada with a kujang (a type of blade), and the wound that was suffered by Gajah Mada eventually led him to his death. However, the time difference between Bubat War and the death of Gajah Mada was quite long, which was around seven years; hence, it is unlikely that the wound caused by Dyah Pitaloka could cause the death of Gajah Mada. Besides, it was customary for princesses to bring cundrit or patrem, a small blade, and not keris to fight. Another theory said that Dyah Pitaloka, together with her mother and her maids, performed bela pati, which is a ritual whereby honor is paid by one’s life. They did suicide. One thing for sure, Dyah Pitaloka died in Bubat War. There were also several theories regarding the cause of Bubat War. Pararaton said that the ambition of Gajah Mada to conquer nusantara was the cause. Another source said that there was a misunderstanding by Gajah Mada regarding the purpose of the arrival of the Sundanese Princess, which caused anger among the Sundanese party. Hayam Wuruk who came to know about this war quite late regretted deeply the deaths of the bridal party. He sent an emissary from Bali, who was at Majapahit to witness the wedding between Hayam Wuruk and Dyah Pitaloka, to the Sunda Kingdom to ask for forgiveness from Maha Patih Hyang Bunisora Suradipati, who at that time became temporary official in Sunda Kingdom. It was said that Bubat War caused the relationship between Gajah Mada and Hayam Wuruk soured, and Gajah Mada was eventually demoted. A source said that because of the Bubat War, Hayam Wuruk fell sick, in which this caused the anger of the royal family who blamed Gajah Mada, and Gajah Mada then ran away.

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