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Rama goes undercover in The Raid 2: Berandal

Check out two new posters to The Raid 2.


Watch deleted scene “Gang War”. The clip is intense and bloody as hell, and although it was cut, it gives us a great look at a bit of the ultra violence that featured in the Raid 2.

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Watch the internet trailer full of action.

The Raid 2 Berandal


Here is the Behind The Scenes on The Raid 2: Berandal. Enjoy!


We have got 30 new images from the Raid 2: Berandal. It will be a bloody brutal brawl.


Watch the Indonesian trailer.


The Cult Sensation Gets Bigger and Crazier in the Sequel. The Raid 2 premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday night, and then opens in limited release on March 28.


Full trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal finally arrived. Can’t wait to see this movie, a total knock out!


The first teaser trailer to The Raid 2: Berandal. The anticipated sequel hits theaters on March 2014.


Gareth Evans: Hope you guys like the poster – wanted to do something away from typical martial arts films (flying kicks&muscles)


Gareth Evans: Teaser trailer sent for VFX work & grading. Scoring done. Sound mix next. Aiming at putting it out around 7/11 Nov if all goes smooth. Saving a bunch of stuff for the main trailer hopefully end of December early January. Not planning to put too many clips out there – seems a lot of films these days are showing way too much before they even release. 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. At most both combined would equate to 3mins 30s. Last I checked – the action alone clocked in around 1hr 5mins mark.


Gareth Evans: Today should be fun. Spent the whole night rendering and about to have a full day of meetings and a preview for the score on 30mins sleep.


Gareth Evans: Just previewed the music for the teaser trailer (coming november). It’s fucking awesome – loving the collaboration so far #TheRaid2Berandal


Gareth Evans: Today we will start working on a track for the teaser trailer. Doing all I can to have it ready as soon as possible aiming for early Nov.


Omar Hauksson: Work on the Raid 2 poster art has officially begun. I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t a bit of a pressure on my behalf.


Gareth Evans: Meet Baseball Bat Man played by the amazingly talented Very Tri Yulisman – follow him on twitter @mpe_very & say nice things.

The Raid 2 Berandal


Gareth Evans: Sorry I never normally do this, but fuck me the final fight is pretty fucking awesome! Great work by Iko Uwais and… no spoilers here.


Gareth Evans: Subtitles are done, 1 scene left to edit and then first cut of The Raid 2: Berandal is done.


Gareth Evans: 3 scenes of subtitles left. Regardless of seeing it 100s of times, Arifin Putra has really given this film his all. Amazing performance.


Gareth Evans: Previewing the first cut of #TheRaid2Berandal


Gareth Evans: I’m still editing til January. Maybe early next year.


Gareth Evans: Regarding The Raid remake I’m not attached to direct it. I’m purely on it as an EP. As for writers – it’s the hugely talented Brad Ingelsby.


Sony is starting to put together a package that will see ‘The Raid: Redemption’ remade, with Evans acting as an executive producer. According to the website Screen Rant, the duo behind the godawful ‘Battleship’ and the equally repellant ‘Red 2,’ Jon and Erich Hoeber, will be handling the rewrite of an already existing script. Apparently, they will be sticking with the same set-up and storyline, but adding a few of their own touches to make the movie more relevant to us non-Indonesians.

Apparently, well choreographed fight scenes, epic gun battles, and the kind of stuntwork that has made Hollywood films the number one entertainment export worldwide are too complicated for American audiences. We have to have some sort of dumbed down story and a name above the marquee guide us through the fine art of ass kicking.

Hopefully, Evans won’t let them ruin his commercial calling card. Unless he eventually agrees to direct, however, the US take on ‘The Raid: Redemption’ will be another in a long line of unnecessary remakes.

source: technologytell.com


The Raid 2 is expected to shoot for over 100 days. The Indonesian title will be The Raid 2: Berandal, with “berandal” being the local word for “thug.”

The sequel picks up right where the first film ends and follows the office as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

“To all our fans thank you so much for your support,” said Evans. “We can’t wait to come back and show you what we have been working on. We’ll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better and bloodier!”

Enjoy first exclusive photos from hollywoodreporter.com.

The Raid 2 Berandal


from Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub (http://collider.com)

Let me be very clear: director Gareth Evans The Raid, an Indonesian martial arts epic that tracks a SWAT team sweeping through a highrise infested with drug dealers, is a phenomenal action movie that demands to be seen. Thankfully, Sony Pictures Classics will be releasing it on March 23, so everyone needs to circle their calendars right now. Trust me, once you see this, you’ll understand why every critic at TIFF and last week’s Sundance Film Festival was raving. It also explains why Screen Gems acquired the remake rights. It’s really that good.

While at Sundance I was able to sit down with Evans for an extended interview. We talked about getting The Raid into both TIFF and Sundance, getting the project financed, how they pulled off the action scenes, film vs. digital, and the American remake. Evans is currently doing pre-production on the sequel, so he revealed the working title (Berandal, which means Thug), the budget, how he wants to shoot in anamorphic widescreen, the expectations, and how he wants to incorporate a car chase. He says, “I want 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.” Hit the jump for more.

As usual, I’ve time indexed the interview so you can watch the parts that interest you. Also, I’ve pulled some of the quotes. While many of you haven’t seen The Raid yet, trust me, you’re going to love this movie. Make sure you see it.

Gareth Evans Time Index

:29 Talks about having his film at both Sundance and the Toronto Film Festival.

1:12 The nearly universal praise for the film. Says they finished the film one week before Toronto and were pretty skeptical about the reception going in.

2:11 Getting the project financed. Says The Raid was actually a backup project to another film that had a much higher budget but didn’t get the go-ahead.

3:43 How much did the project change from the initial idea to the finished film? Says they did a lot of pre-vis and planning for the martial arts and action scenes, so those were plotted out well beforehand. Evans takes a small camera and films most of the movie beforehand in order to plot everything out, and says he’s basically refilming those scenes once he gets on set.

5:16 Talks about The Raid trilogy. “I told you earlier about a film that we tried to get up off the ground and couldn’t get done. While I was developing The Raid, I was looking at ways to kind of link those two scripts together because we had done all this choreography on that first film, we were like ready to go we just needed the finance to pull the trigger on it. Because I didn’t want to just abandon that project, I started to look at ways we could link the two together. So the one problem I had with that original script was that the lead role didn’t have an interesting enough backstory. As I was thinking about it, I thought ‘Well if I make this a continuation of the story from The Raid, it’ll work much better, and it’ll kind of add more ideas and add more different elements to it,’ so it’s actually gonna be the sequel to The Raid. We’re in a position now where we can finance that movie, which is great (laughs). So yeah, it’s a big relief now. For three years that’s been the itch I couldn’t scratch, so I’m kind of dying to kind of get stuck in and do that film next. That’ll be part two. Part three [will be] further down the line. A lot further down the line.”

6:28 Talks about what he had to change from the previous story to make it fit as a Raid sequel. Says the standalone story from the previous one could work as an undercover cop or it could work as an ordinary guy who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances, so they only had to change about 20% of it. Talks about how every time he adds a new scene, he has to go back and check the rest of the script to make sure he’s not contradicting anything.

7:27 The title for the sequel. Doesn’t want it to be The Raid 2 because it doesn’t take place in a building, they’re taking the story out. The working title has been Berandal, which is Indonesian for thug, but he says they’re most likely going to change it.

8:17 The budget for the sequel. Says they’ve increased the budget a little from the initial budget for the original story, but it’s not a huge amount. The Raid was about $1 million and the budget for the sequel will be about $3 million. Talks about what the bigger budget will mean for the sequel: “For my first movie I kind of wanted to play around with how to do martial arts scenes, for the second movie I wanted to include gunplay and martial arts (The Raid), and the third one, for The Raid sequel, I want 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.”

9:22 Film vs. digital. Says he’s always shot digital just because it’s more cost effective for their martial arts films. They do so many takes that it would be really expensive on film. Says they never get the shot in less than 10 or 12 takes.

10:11 What camera did they shoot on and what equipment did they sue on The Raid? Says they used the Panasonic AF-100.

10:41 Says they’re considering their options for the next film, camera-wise. They’re going more classical-style, he wants to shoot in anamorphic.

11:23 His involvement in the American remake of The Raid. Says he’s an executive producer and he’ll have a say in some things but not everything. He wants to keep his distance and let the filmmaker do it with a fresh pair of eyes. Screen Gems wants to get the same choreographers from The Raid involved with the remake.

12:30 Did they buy the remake rights to sequels and prequels or just The Raid? Says he’s not entirely sure.

13:09 Expectations. Does he feel pressure to up himself on the sequel? Says he felt pressure while shooting the film because Sony bought it at Cannes when he still had a month left of filming.

14:37 How wide of a release will the film get in the US? The plan is to go limited the first week and expand according to how well it does.

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  1. I loved the raid 2.It is full sick,epic,more brutal and bloodier,
    exciting,entertaining,fully slick fighting,lots of action stunts.

  2. We specialize in close quarter fighting and The Raid 2 is the only great example of fighting sequences that are believable and reflect true fighting. Fast, brutal and effective. Love the Raid 2. Do yourself a favour and see it.

  3. I am the only Combat Silat instructor in Australia and all the action sequences in the movie are taught at our academy. The movie was fast and the action was relentless. Our students that attended want to go and see this again. The movie went for 2.5 hours however you never got distracted even for one minute. There are over five scenes in the movie that are breathtaking examples of Combat Silat using a variety of weaponry and unarmed close quarter fighting. I can only say one thing and that is that I am hoping that there will be a Raid 3. We will be returning to see The Raid 2 with our club members upon it’s general release.

    • It is interesting to hear the meaning from the Silat practitioner. How did you find the main bad guy with knives, Cecep Arif Rahman, I think he stole the show, a true master of Silat.

    • Thankfully, there will be a Raid 3! Gareth Evans has stated he will do it, although it will be some time because he wants to focus on other movies first. We’re talking something like a few years before production, but you never know!

      He *does* want to do it and finish the story. I’m excited!

  4. The film looked great. The acting was vastly improved from the first, and the attention to detail was really there. A highly polished film, however the story does drag a bit during the middle, some choppier editing would of done good. Everyone came to see the action and this is where the movie shines. Brutal, nasty and incredible. Props to the sound department for such a convincing soundtrack and effects, they really made the film special. I thought Hammer Girl was very very cute! What a hotty! Great acting, fantastic soundtrack, sometimes slow but effective editing and A class choreography. A highly polished sequel

    • Yeah, the hammer girl is a very remarkable character, no one knew it will be so cool when Gareth started telling about her. Soundtrack is vey catchy I should buy it and listen again or better to go and watch the movie.

  5. This was absolutely SPECTACULAR! A 10 out of 10 from me and the person who came with me.
    Quite honestly, I think it was a 10 out of 10 from everyone who attended, because we were cheering and clapping after individual fight scenes. The audience was thrilled and many were on the edges of their seats (literally) when the fighting started.

    I really appreciate and want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to see it! it was legitimately one of the best movies I’ve seen in my entire life, tied with Inception. Definitely the best of its genre.

    SO AWESOME!!!

    • I’m glad you liked it, trying to do my best to keep you guys entertained as I can and free double passes from Madman Entertainment and Playmaker Digital is a very good present to all martial arts fans.

  6. Cecep Arif Rahman is a very competent Silat practitioner. His use of the double kerambit (knife) shows the awesome effectiveness of a blade that is designed to be an extension of your own body. This makes it extremely difficult to disarm which was portrayed in the movie. I think overall Gareth Evans cast all the characters well and this lends to the credibility of combat silat over other traditional martial arts forms as it is simply meant to display what it is, devastating. I was teaching the use of a hammer as a weapon with more than just impact potential so I was quite happy to see Julie Estelle as Hammer girl use the double hammer with great effect.

    • Yeah, professional using of double kerambit makes person a very effective warrior, I bet a lot of people will start looking for Silat schools now like it was with Wing Chun after Ip Man masterpiece movie, a very good promotion of martial art.

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