The teaser trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal has gone online, and one thing is for certain: walls ain’t got nothing on Rama (Iko Uwais). Filming took 100 days, but the brief trailer shows there’s a whole new mess of trouble. Director Gareth Evans has said the new film picks up two hours after the first one ended, but the teaser trailer raises the question of why Rama has landed in prison. While is incarceration may be a mystery, there’s no doubt that his fists of fury haven’t lost a beat. Evans says the sequel will have over an hour of action, and as you’ll see, this is just a brief taste of the madness to come.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer, and click here for Steve’s interview with Evans from Sundance 2011. The film also stars Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman. The Raid 2: Berandal is due out next year.
Director Gareth Evans set a high bar for himself with The Raid 2. The story was bare-bones, but it was in service to a movie where the point was to show characters breaking bones. Evans has been keeping fans in the loop on the movie from the first day of the 100-day shoot. He’s also revealed that the story takes place two hours after the first movie ends, and there will be a “cool fight scene where you go inside a car, fighting against four people as it’s speeding along a one-way.” Yesterday, he tweeted “Last I checked – the action alone clocked in around 1hr 5mins mark.” Presumably, the movie is 1 hour and 6 minutes long. He also tweeted, “We have 17 action sequences in the film – so there’s going to be a lot fresh material unspoiled by any teaser or trailer we release.”
Hit the jump to check out the first teaser art from the movie, and click here for Steve’s interview with Evans about the film from Sundance 2011. Iko Uwais will return to lead the picture and he’ll be joined by Julie Estelle (Macabre), Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, and Cecep Arif Rahman. Evans hopes to release the movie next year.
When it comes to Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto I’m a new, but passionate fan. Last year Evans gave us The Raid: Redemption, a feature-length action masterpiece of balls-out violence and ass-kicking badassery. Earlier this year Tjahjanto contributed the standout segment “L for Libido” to the horror anthology The ABC’s of Death, and managed to create horror landscape so perverse and captivating that when the short film’s few minutes were up I was, at the same time, glad it was over and dying to see more. For V/H/S/2 Evans and Tjahjanto teamed up to give us “Safe Haven”, an epic slaughter grounded in a fascinating mythology that combines Evans’s visceral cinematic style with Tjanhanjto’s eye for twisted terrors. For me, David Bruckner’s “Amateur Night” was the prize winner of the first V/H/S, and this time around it’s “Safe Haven” that stands as the absolute apex of the film’s achievements.
Last week I jumped on the phone for an interview with Evans and Tjahjanto. We discussed their first time working as co-directors, the difficulty of staying within the time constraints, playing with the found footage format, the possibility of turning “Safe Haven” in to a feature film, Tjahjanto’s upcoming film The Night Comes for Us, and more. I also got a quick update on The Raid: Berandal. V/H/S/2 also features segments by Jason Eisener, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale. Check out the full interview after the Jump. Please be aware that there are some spoilers.
Director Gareth Evans’ martial arts action film The Raid impressed critics and audiences alike when it hit theaters last year, making the low-budget Indonesian film one of the more exciting success stories of 2012. The fight sequences were masterfully crafted and performed by Evans’ cast, and the director quickly got to work on a sequel that he promised would be larger in scope. Production on The Raid 2 is finally winding down, and we spoke with Evans last night to discuss his work on V/H/S/2, and the filmmaker provided a bit of an update on the film and revealed that he hopes to have it in theaters by early next year. Hit the jump for more.
Director Gareth Evans has released a new image from The Raid 2 showing that the sequel will be no less violent and gory than the original. In the tweet, Evans says that the image is from a shootout that they filmed yesterday. Filming is set to go for over 100 days, and they’ve been rolling cameras since the end of January. If Evans is willing to tweet out this kind of gory image, it’s likely this is just the tip of the blood-soaked iceberg that will make the original pale by comparison.
Hit the jump to check out the image, and click here for Steve’s interview with Evans from Sundance 2012. The Raid 2 (aka Berandal) stars Iko Uwais, Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.
Production has officially started on writer/director Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2 in Indonesia and we’ve got the first images from the sequel to share with you. Picking up where The Raid/The Raid: Redemption left off, Rama (Iko Uwais) leaves the high-rise behind in order to infiltrate a Jakarta crime syndicate with the intentions of protecting his family and unearthing the corruption within his police force. The sequel also stars Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten, and will shoot for the next 100-odd days. Check out Steve’s interview with Evans in which he talks about the sequel, then hit the jump to see the first official images and read the full press release for The Raid 2.
Gareth Evans‘ action flick The Raid: Redemption took festival audiences by storm at TIFF 2011, Sundance 2012, and SXSW 2012, and the director is already hard at work on the sequel, Berandal (which means “thug”). Speaking to Steve at Sundance, Evans said the sequel will be bigger, and he hopes to “bring car chase elements to it as well. So we have like a cool fight scene where you go inside a car, fighting against four people as it’s speeding along a one-way.” The Raid is an intense ride for its hero, Rama (Iko Uwais), so I’m sure he’ll have time to rest up. He barely made it out of the tower with his life. So how much time will he have for some much-needed R&R?
Two hours. Hit the jump for more.
One of this year’s more welcome surprises was director Gareth Evans’ martial arts thriller The Raid. Though Evans likely had plenty of offers on the table in the wake of The Raid’s success, he chose to move forward with a direct sequel as his follow-up. The Raid star Iwo Uwais is already confirmed to return in the more ambitious sequel, titled Berandal, and now Evans has unveiled a list of actors who will be joining the pic.
Per Twitch, Julie Estelle (Macabre) has been set in the role of Hammer Girl, with Alex Abbad (Merantau), Marsha Timothy (The Forbidden Door), Mathias Muchus, and Tio Pakusadewo rounding out the cast. Silat practictioner Cecep Arif Rahman was also previously announced as starring in a major role in the film, but as someone incredibly unfamiliar with the world of martial arts, none of these names ring a bell for me. That said, I look forward to seeing what kind of exciting fight sequences Evans cooks up with Berandal.
We knew that Iwo Ukais, star of director Gareth Evans’ The Raid, was set to return for the sequel, Berandal, but now we have our first look a a new character. Evans tweeted an image of Alicia, aka “Hammer Girl,” recently, but no other information on her character has been released. It’s not clear which side Hammer Girl will be on when Berandal hits screens. If you haven’t seen the original film, you’re in luck: The Raid: Redemption is now available in an unrated version on Blu-ray and DVD. Hit the jump to see the image of Hammer Girl and for more on The Raid and Berandal, including an interview with Evans himself.
Though we’ve known for quite a while, director Gareth Evans is now officially set to direct Berandal (tentative title), the sequel to his much buzzed about action pic The Raid. I haven’t stopped hearing great things about The Raid since it screened at TIFF, and our own Matt Goldberg recommends it without hesitation. The martial arts-heavy film centers on 20 elite SWAT team members must make their way up the treacherous floors of a criminal-infested highrise in order to get to the gang’s leader. It’s a simple premise, but after watching the trailer you begin to see how Evans has crafted a pretty insane actioner.
The film opens in the U.S. on March 23rd under the title The Raid: Redemption, but Evans previously told Steve that The Raid is the first in a planned trilogy. He talked extensively about the follow-up and said he hopes to bring car chase elements to the sequel, Berandal. THR confirms that both Evans and star Iwo Uwais are officially set to return for the next installment, and Evans told Steve that the budget for Berandal will be “significantly larger” than the first film, with an eye towards close to $3 million. Production on the sequel will apparently last around 100 days.