I grew up as teenager in 1980's and I knew Wiro Sableng character from the novels. When I watch this movie it feels nostalgic to remember the memories of adolescence. The opposite for my teenage son, who grew up with Marvel comic characters, Batman v Superman movie, and Avengers films with super sophisticated CGI techniques, they were rather unable to enjoy this film. This Wiro Sableng film is very extraordinary in terms of artistic, camera system, lighting, and the natural beauty presented. However, the scenario is a lot of holes and deficiencies in terms of building character to be recognized by laypeople who do not know the characters in the novel Wiro Sableng.
Don't expect too much to introduce the character of Wiro Sableng's stories to the international world, many Indonesian teenagers alone do not fully understand the characters displayed in this Wiro Sableng film. The uniqueness of Wiro Sableng's combat skills and Wiro's inner sanctum identity search should be explored in depth. Wiro Sableng movie Director is supposed to learn from the movie director 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' movie which was able to make the lay audience understand the deep character and the complicated storyline without having to read the book's own story. Another example is the SWORDSMAN film in the 1990s played by Jet Li.
Although ordinary audiences never read the original novel, the audience understood the names of the characters and the greatness of the characters through the Swordsman story. Many lay audience who have never read Wiro Sableng's story are confused with many characters that appear because of 'being forced' to appear in a very limited /short of time, without explanation of the background of the characters and the background history/review of the greatness of each character's combat skills. I am very proud that Indonesian films can cooperate with international film distributors. Screenwriters and directors should be able to display more in-depth information about the uniqueness of the character with the perspective of a new audience who have never heard of the story of Wiro Sableng. Most viewers who are able to be fascinated by this film are people who already understand the story of Wiro Sableng. But for lay audiences and teenagers who have never known the novel character Wiro Sableng will be confused with the appearance of characters which are explained in the novel but there is no explanation in the film so that the unique characters in the novel only appear very shallow and as if only a supplementary figures.
I hope a lot from this Wiro Sableng's Film producer. Hopefully, if the sequel will be made, it can involve international class actors such as Iko Uwais or Joe Taslim. The movie director needs to learn a lot from the movie director: TSUI HARK in terms of storytelling techniques; or learn from William Kong; Hsu Li-kong; Ang Lee when they make 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' movie. At first, when I saw Yayan Ruhiyan involved in this movie, I had high expectations about how the action choreography is, but it's a little bit disappointing while there's no special movement or great fighting scene like what he did in The Raid series (while his colega, Iko Uwais, did amazingly in his new movie, Mile 22).
But I think it's acceptable because of the age rating and this film segmentation. The story is simple and fun with some gag skits included.
But it would be hard to you if you haven't known/searched about Wiro Sableng, especially foreign viewers, to follow the developments of the characters. Another disappointment because of some act like flying, punches, fights, are too overact and stiff to watch, and there's 1 of 2 tools that described as important thing, but Wiro Sableng didn't use it at all until the movie end. But you can say this movie is a real improvement for Indonesian Film industry, the CGI was good (but there are some scenes that ridiculous like 'burning fire or sword punctures' (if you see the movie you'll realize those scenes)), the actor and actress was good, the gag that included in the movie were good. If they will make sequel of this movie (pretty sure they will), I hope there'll some improvement in action scenes and the development from each character. From the beginning of the film, the cinematic and great visual presentation is top notch.
I feel like I was watching a hollywood movie, and the narration begins with the Journey of the hero itself. We flow through his journey (Wiro) from zero to hero with guidance from his master (Sinto). Final lesson that Sinto gave to Wiro is to be in a good side and always bring balance to the universe because there is always dark and light good and bad in every aspect.
The story quite simple and flow along that we enjoy with some jokes here and there give you some fresh feeling watching this movie. The core and the story telling of this movie is stick to the original serial television Wiro Sableng.
After all I recommend you watch this movie beacuse entertaining, great visuals cinematic and also great performance from all of the cast, great job! To be honest, I never read the novel, and I'm not a fan of silat. So we're fairly talking about the movie itself without any nostalgic feelings. This movie is trying too hard to be a Hollywood-like movie. The scoring is quite good, but it's annoyingly exaggerating. Most of the times I need to read the English subtitles instead of listening to the dialogue because of the loud score. Well, it has quite interesting characters, but the dialogue is so poor that I cringed too much while watching it.
The joke is fine, but it's overused. There's nothing special about the plot.
I yawned most of the times in the cinema. Maybe the only good thing about this movie is the choreography they gave in the action scenes. Yayan Ruhian is quiet cool too. And that's all. As a reader of the novel and following his TV series, of course I am very much waiting for the presence of this Wiro Sableng film to be released.
This film in my opinion has succeeded in elevating the Indonesian film industry to a higher level by making higher standards. With the help of 21 Century Fox, it's no wonder that this film has a classy taste. Cinematography, action action or choreography, music score. Everything is cool. But there are indeed some things that should make this film even better. Like the story plot that is less neat, the characters that need to be improved, and the colossal impression that feels less grand.
Hopefully it's better in the sequel later. The character is based on book written by Bastian Tito. So it's pretty much the same like TV show I used to watch when I was little, I believe so did 90s Indonesian kids. It made me feeling very nostalgic like I was taken back to the old times.
This movie got a whole new level. Well, it was produced in now era (jaman now) so more sophisticated technique with advanced technology and more interesting plot (I guess). Anw, There are some aspects that I want to share with you guys. This is just my opinion. Different taste will have different pespective) Plot: Almost every Indonesian movie has lack of storyline. On the other hand, Wiro Sableng has a not so bad plot.
You don't have to think heavily in order to follow the story. It was very light. You still can catch up after you perforced went to the rest room or check your messages (Please don't do this. It's totally annoying.
I don't like either to sit next to people who's checking on their phone during the movie). There were some acts which I've found way too exaggeratted. Especially the laughing.
Whether came up from the script or the casts were just improvising, it all just too much. Jokes were okay but some weren't well-executed. I tried to laugh at them but I just couldn't. Casts: Casts is one of the most important things to attract people to see the movie. Vino Bastian, perfect!! Lukman Sardi, ooh the best.probably my favorite.
Whereas, there are some characters who aren't really fit with casts. Or maybe acting is just not their strong suit. Again, this is just my opinion.
Cinematography: As far as I'm concern, the genre is an action movie which is why the shot should be integrated with coreography so we can enjoy every single move espcecially on fighting scenes. As for me, I didn't quite succeeded. The angles were not harmonize with coreography so seems less artistic.
Probably I just forgot to use my glasses. Scenes: In this aspect, I would like to brought up the fighting. There are like a long-endlessly fighting scenes. I thought it was gonna take the whole movie but then I realized, this is an action movie, don't expect two love birds dancing and sucking each other's faces forever (in a romantic way tho'). Missing piece: Everytime I heard Wiro Sableng, things come up in my mind are: Jurus kunyuk melempar buah, Pukulan Matahari combined with 212 Mighty Dragon Axe (Kapak Naga Sakti 212).
Jurus kunyuk melempar buah, I didn't see it at all. Pukulan matahari few scenes but that's it.
They didn't emphasize it with giant thunder as the ultimate weapon to defeat his enemy. Maybe they're just saving the expense because my friend, it'll cost a fortune to create such an effect on CGI. The Axe, hmmm, not bad.
I honestly have no idea what to say but that was okay. Score: Remarkable. This is my favorite. Maybe worth an Indonesia Movie Awards.
Rushes my adrenaline during those borring fighting scenes that made me almost fell asleep. My conclussion - I'm always being sceptical when it comes to Indonesia movie. I gotta say, Wiro Sableng is not a bad movie, but also not a great one.
It was okay and entertaining. You can enjoy it together with your love one and family or friends, stranger, one night stand, or people you barely met on tinder. For me, Wiro Sableng is the best Indonesia action movie in this 21st century.
This movie is trying so hard to be great and funny. Most of the jokes are cringe worthy. The plot is paper thin. Too many characters that basically non existence due to the poor writing. You could have replaced one character to another. You won't care when one of the character dies (this is not spoiler because you won't care anyway).
The actions are dull and the philosophy of number 2-1-2 felt too empty. The only good thing is the location. But it's not enough to redeem this movie. I'm so disappointed. First, I was expecting this movie to be 'friendly' to those who don't know about Wiro Sableng story at all. Or at least, make the actions great! But HOLLY MOLY.
The truth is (from my perspective), I couldn't enjoy this movie since the beginning. I must say the story was very very very bad. Too many 'untold' characters, just like the Justice League. The VFXs were great (so proud), BUT the way they deliver the story ruined it all.
Sorry Lifelike films. You guys are great, but not for this one. But I'm still waiting for the next sequel!
Learn the failures from this film and return with some unpredictable badass Hollywood class stories:)! If there's one thing that we can learn from both Mile 22 and Wiro Sableng.the real star of the Raid movies is Gareth Evans. Evans really is the master of action martial art movie.probably the best right now. Tbh.I had more fun watching Wiro Sableng than Mile 22.
The story is simple.a kid saved by a silat master after his parents were murdered by the main villain. Many years after.he seek revenge. And they mix it up with a royal coup and a couple of hot chicks. The humor could be better handled.as well as the special effect. Overall this movie has its moments.
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But considering the big budget, it could be better.much better. When you see a movie is made based on the legendary martial art characters, what youd expect? A martial art extravaganza of course!!
Yet this movie delivered quite boring martial art choreos and technique. When Yayan Ruhian's in a movie. You'd be expecting a fast paced action scene, kinda like The Raid stuffs and all that.yet the action scenes here are overused on wired moves., slow and forced martial art coreos., somethin that maybe an ok for a movie made in the 90's (some of the 90's hong kong flicks had better fights than this).
The one thing good in this movie is the cinematography and the music scores. A martial art fan would come to see a martial art movie with one thing in their heads., a butt kickin action fights extravaganza!! Well you dont get that stuff here. So lower your expectations on this movie. The movie overall is quite well. But the fighting scenes were mehh.
Plus: super great fighting choreography, good visual effect, beautiful scenery views, good and steady camera placement, but sometimes it got too close. Minus: lack of the acting skills for the young actors; you can really see the different level between senior actors like lukman sardi, dwi sasono, yayan ruhiyan and the youngsters, lack of character development, lack of background story of the main villain (the sinetron version was sooo much better). Poor line selection especially wiro's dialogue (it feels so cringey because he spoke like modern people while the rest of the cast using formal language. Again, the dialogue in sinetron version win by far). Some of the intended comedy can't be delivered successfully. Wiro sableng was supposed to be an action comedy, so they should do the comedy and characterization more wholeheartedly. Overall, it was an Okay movie.
If the producers want to make the sequels, the most important thing is to work on the acting skills.
Wiro Sableng: Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212Wiro Sableng was only four when his parents were killed in a bandit raid. He is now raised by an eccentric old female warrior, Sinto Gendeng, whose former disciple Mahesa Birawa was the man behind the fatal raid. To stop Mahesa from growing more dangerous, Sinto teaches Wiro the legendary martial art 'silat', grooming him to be the next 212 Dragon Axe Warrior. Wiro finally inherits the mighty 212 Axe after 17 years of training. He then leaves the mountains and begins his journey to stop Mahesa from carrying out his evil plans. Language: Indonesian Subtitle: English / Malay / Chinese Classification: P13 General Release Date: 27 Sep 2018 Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy Running Time: 2 Hours 3 Minutes Distributor: 20th Century Fox Cast: Vino Bastian, Sherina Munaf, Marsha Timothy, Fariz Alfarizi, Happy Salma Director: Angga Dwimas Sasongko Format: 2D.
In a bandit raid that killed both his parents, 4-year-old WIRO SABLENG 'Crazy Wiro' is rescued and raised by an eccentric old female warrior, SINTO GENDENG 'Screwy Sinto'. The perpetrator of the raid turns out to be Sinto's former disciple, MAHESA BIRAWA, who turns his back on her and uses her ultimate fighting technique for his own vicious purposes. Stung by betrayal and worried that Mahesa will grow even more dangerous, she teaches Wiro a secretive, legendary martial art called Silat and grooms him to be the next 212 Dragon Axe Warrior. After 17 years of training, Wiro inherits the mighty 212 Axe and fighting style from his master, leaving the mountains he has called home to put an end to Mahesa's evil plans. On his journey to find Mahesa, Wiro meets fellow travelers BUJANG GILA TAPAK SAKTI 'Mad Mighty Fist' and ANGGINI.
Wiro then comes to understand the teachings of 212, the balance of contrary forces and the thin line between good and evil. He becomes determined to improve himself.
Indonesians who grew up in the 1990s might remember seeing 'Wiro Sableng,' or 'Crazy Wiro,' on television, with Herning 'Ken Ken' Sukendro playing the axe-wielding mad warrior. Now Wiro's story has been adapted for the big screen by Lifelike Pictures and 20th Century Fox, and is about to hit Indonesian cinemas on Thursday (30/08). Wiro Sableng is such a legend, but what do we know of the character's origins? The Wiro Sableng legend started in 'cersil,' an acronym for 'cerita silat' ('martial arts stories'), action-packed dime novels usually centered on the adventures of a local warrior. The mad warrior character was first created in the late 1960s by Bastian Tito, the father of Vino G. Bastian, the actor who will play Wiro Sableng in the screen adaptation.
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In Bastian's novels, Wiro was born Wira Saksana, the son of Raden Ranaweleng and Suci. His parents were soon killed by Mahesa Birawa, who later became Wiro's arch enemy. Little Wira was rescued and then trained by Sinto Gendeng ('Mad Sinto'), Mahesa's teacher before he turned to the dark side.
It was Sinto who gave Wira his nickname of 'Wiro Sableng' – 'sableng' and 'gendeng' both mean 'crazy,' 'mad,' or 'insane' in Javanese – at their bootcamp on West Java's Mount Gede. Sinto also passed down to Wiro his powerful double-bladed axe, the Kapak Naga Geni 212. The handle of the axe is actually a seruling (traditional Sundanese flute) that when blown will emit a piercing sound that will make enemies go deaf. A dragon’s head is carved on the bottom of the axe's handle. Sharp, poisonous needles can shoot out of the dragon's mouth. Vino said the first Wiro Sableng novel was published in 1967 with the title 'Empat Berewok Dari Goa Sanggreng' ('Four Bearded Warriors From Sanggreng Cave'). The novel narrated the genesis of all subsequent Wiro Sableng stories.
'From what I know, my father created the Wiro Sableng character a few years before that, but he would only appear as a minor character in random warrior adventure stories. The 1967 novel told the story of Wiro's origins – why and how he became a warrior. If I'm not mistaken, that year my father finally met a publishing company that offered him to publish all the Wiro stories chronologically and he jumped at the chance,' Vino told the Jakarta Globe last week. A post shared by (@wiropedia) on May 12, 2017 at 2:22am PDT From 1967 until Bastian’s death in 2006, the publishing company Lokajaya published a total of 185 Wiro Sableng titles, though Vino said there are still some Wiro stories that have remained unpublished.
Besides Wiro Sableng, the author, who was born on Aug. 23, 1945, also wrote other cersil, such as 'Kupu-kupu Giok Ngarai Sianok' ('The Jade Butterflies of Sianok Valley'), a story that was set in Bastian's birthplace in Padang, West Sumatra. 'My father used to churn out the Wiro Sableng novels, up to a few a month.
But as he got older – and since he also held down an office job – his pace slowed. A single novel in the end would take him a few months to write. There was a lot of competition in cersil as well, he had to find new, even more brazen plots for the Wiro stories. But my father always prioritized quality over quantity. That’s why fans still love his stories,' Vino said.
A post shared by (@wirosablengofficial) on Aug 22, 2018 at 10:33pm PDT The Real Meaning of 212 Wiro's warrior uniform is a white Karate-style robe with a low neckline that reveals the number '212' tattooed on his chest, a number that has been a shorthand for the character since the first Wiro Sableng novel. Recently, though, the number has been associated with a huge at Jakarta's National Momument on Dec. 2 ('2/12'), 2016, calling for the resignation of then Jakarta governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama for blasphemy against Islam. According to Vino, his father's choice of the 212 moniker was influenced by another famous three-numbered moniker, 007, the code number for Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Agent, James Bond. Nonton film semi terbaru. 'My father idolized James Bond, he loved that number, 007.
He happened to be one of the Indonesian translators for the Bond novels. His dream was to create a warrior with a number for a moniker, but with a strong philosophy behind it,' Vino said. According to Vino, he learned from his father that the first '2' in 212 refers to the belief that God creates things in pairs. It's also a reference to the belief that in each person there is the yin and the yang, the good and the bad.
Number '1' refers to the oneness of God. The last number '2' rounds all the numbers up – 2+1+2 = 5. The number five refers to the Five Pillars of Islam – Vino said his father was quite the devout Muslim – and the five tenets of Pancasila, the official Indonesian state ideology, because Bastian wanted Wiro Sableng to be the quintessential Indonesian hero. Deadly Moves Wiro and other warriors in the Wiro Sableng stories are also famous for their deadly moves – most of them inspired by pencak silat, Indonesia’s kung fu-like traditional martial arts. One of Wiro's most famous moves is his 'Pukulan Sinar Matahari' ('Sun Ray Punch'), a punch that emits a blinding hot energy blast. 'My father learned all about pencak silat, but not as an athlete, only for research,' Vino said. Vino and Sheila Timothy – the film's producer and owner of Lifelike Pictures – said the Wiro Sableng novels are essentially fantasy fiction.
The stories are mostly set in Java but Wiro also goes off to other parts of Indonesia, such as Sumatra and Bali, or even overseas to Japan and China. From his real name, Wira, readers may guess that Wiro could be a Sundanese, or that Sinto Gendeng might hail from Central Java or East Java, but the characters' geographical origins are always kept obscure. Since all of them speak Indonesian, we can only surmise that the Wiro Sableng universe is a fantastic, hybrid version of Indonesia. Nevertheless, Vino said Bastian did a lot of hands-on research of local cultures. 'My father was a journalist. He always did his research before writing a book.
He would go somewhere, and observe the locals like an ethnographer. Sometimes he took the family along on these research trips. We thought we were just on a holiday, but he would actually be doing research for a new character, or a new story. He would take pictures and videos, sketch some costume designs and then write them up once we got home,' Vino, who was born in 1982, said. The Wiro Sableng novels are all out of print but are still available at many secondhand and online bookshops. Some fans have also posted entire novels on their blogs, and created social media accounts under the name. The first movie adaptation of Wiro Sableng, 'Empat Berewok Dari Goa Sanggreng,' was released in 1988 starring Tony Hidayat as Wiro.
He did six more Wiro Sableng movies in the same series. Then there was the 1994-2002 television series, starring Ken Ken for 59 episodes, who was then replaced by Abhie Cancer until the final episode 91. The upcoming blockbuster adaptation, 'Wiro Sableng Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212' ('212 Warrior: The Adventures of Wiro Sableng'), was written by Sheila Timothy, writer and cersil expert Seno Gumira Ajidarma and Tumpal Tampubolon, and directed by Angga Dwimas Sasongko ('Cahaya Dari Timur: Beta Maluku,' 'Filosofi Kopi').
The plot will be based on the first four Wiro books, but include characters from the other novels. Besides Vino, it will also star Ruth Marini as Sinto Gendeng, Sherina as Anggini, Marsha Timothy as Bidadari Angin Timur, Yayan Ruhian as Mahesa Birawa and Faris Alfarazi as Bujang Gila Tapak Sakti. Sherina as Anggini, Aghniny Haque as Rara Murni, Yusuf Mahardika as Pangeran, Vino G. Bastian as Wiro Sableng and Fariz Alfarazi as Bujang Gila Tapak Sakti. (Photo courtesy of Lifelike Pictures) Sheila Timothy told reporters on Tuesday (21/08) the new film will feature around 20 out of the hundreds of characters in the original Wiro Sableng books. It will be the first installment of a trilogy, and fans can expect more creations out of the franchise. Most recently, the mobile game Arena of Valor (AOV) has featured Wiro as one of the heroes.
Sheila said comic books are in the making. 'The film trilogy will be just part of a big plot, a universe,' Sheila said.
A young boy grows up never knowing his parents. He is, however, a really great and promising warrior. Dressed in all white, he is trained by an eccentric old guru who gives him a powerful weapon. Accompanied by two trusty companions, he has to fight a dark lord, and restore order to the Light and Dark sides of the universe. And that is the plot of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Happily, with a few minor tweaks, it can also be applied to the latest Indonesian fantasy blockbuster, Wiro Sableng Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212. (Or rough translation in English – The Crazy Warrior Hero With The 212 Fire Death Dragon Axe. And you thought Daenerys from Game Of Thrones has a long title.) That’s because Wiro Sableng is a rather derivative, cookie-cutter fantasy flick, with a story so thin it could be a catwalk model.
Which is a bit of a pity. Wiro Sableng (as we shall be referring to the movie) is based on the adventures of Wiro, a fictional warrior from a series written by Indonesian author Bastian Tito. The first Wiro novel came out in 1967; since then, Bastian has written about 185 books about the character.
There’s even been a movie and a TV series made about Wiro. Suffice to say, Wiro is a big deal in Indonesia, with many Indonesians having grown up with the character. That there would be a big-scale blockbuster about him is therefore, no surprise. What is surprising, however, is that the film has attracted international interest. Wiro Sableng is co-produced by Fox International Pictures, in its first ever collaboration with an Indonesian company (Lifelike Productions). So what’s Wiro Sableng about?
In 16th century Nusantara Indonesia, young lad Wiro’s parents are murdered by the evil overlord Mahesa Birawa (Yayan Ruhian). He is rescued by the eccentric witch Sinto Gendeng (Ruth Marini), who trains him to be a warrior. When he comes of age, he is given a magic axe (with an overlong name) and is told to defeat Mahesa. Wiro thus embarks on a journey, encountering many enemies. He also meets several friends – these are the boorish and portly Bujang Gila Tapak Sakti (Fariz Alfarazi) and Anggini (Sherina Munaf), a brave maiden who is the student of the perpetually drunk Dewa Tuak. On the way to defeat Mahesa, Wiro and friends meet princess Rara Murni (Aghiny Haque), and they end up fighting a plot to overthrow the government.
Fun fact: The actor who plays Wiro, Vino G Bastian, is the son of the Wiro Sableng novels’ author. Pretty cool to have two Bastian Tito creations on screen at the same time! ‘This is how many words should be in my movies title.’ Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Film Overall, the movie is a decent watch. The involvement of Fox means a bigger budget for the movie, and this shows. The film’s cinematography is quite nice, and some visuals (such as a scene in the beginning with warriors riding under a blood-red moon) are beautiful. Much care has also been taken to make this movie distinctly Indonesian, with Nusantara motifs obvious in all of the costumes and sets, which is great.
Having a fantasy setting which is not typically medieval European is always a nice change. The actors also do a decent job, with the fight scenes quite fun to watch. Yayan (sporting a magnificent set of muttonchops in this film) was the fight choreographer in The Raid films and he brings the intensity of those film’s fight scenes to this one. Where the movie is a letdown, however, is in the story, which is the standard “Lets get together to defeat the Dark Lord” plot. A lot of story is skimmed over – we never learn who the villain is, or what exactly is his plans besides to “take over the country”.
We never find out who exactly Wiro’s companions are, or what are their powers and motivations. They literally seem to join Wiro’s adventure just because they have nothing else to do. We never find out much about Wiro’s axe, where it came from or the significance of the “212” philosophy it is based on. It’s almost as if the filmmakers assumed that everyone watching had already read the books and so didn’t need to elaborate on anyone’s backstory.
Wiro Sableng is marketed as a comedy: Wiro is raised by an eccentric witch after all, which is where the “Sableng” (crazy) part of his name comes from. This “crazy”, however, comes across in the film as rather immature: Wiro and his friend Bujang engage in weird banter and make ridiculous quips throughout the show. Very little of this is funny, and this can sometimes get annoying. These jokes also make the tone of the film very campy: it’s hard to take a fantasy film seriously when the hero is making fart jokes in the middle of a tense scene.
Some people will love this, others will hate it. Overall, Wiro Sableng feels a lot like one of those B-grade films one watches on late night TV when nothing else is on. Catch this movie at nationwide. Follow GSC on,.
Wiro Sableng Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212 Director: Angga Dwimas Sasongko Cast: Vino G Bastian, Sherina Munaf, Yayan Ruhian, Marsha Timothy.