‘Berandal’ Update: Sequel Starts Right After ‘Raid: Redemption’; Bigger Villains & Setting

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 20th, 2014 at 9:07 am,

Rama and Andi vs Mad Dog The Raid Redemption Berandal Update: Sequel Starts Right After Raid: Redemption; Bigger Villains & Setting

The Raid: Redemption was one of our favorite surprises of 2012, and the upcoming sequel film, Berandal, has had our attention since Raid writer/director Gareth Evans first talked to us about it last year.

In our interview, Evans laid out the next step in developing a mythos that The Raid: Redemption only hinted at - and since then, we’ve gotten rough ideas of what else will be at play, and brief looks at some potential new characters. Now, Evans is dropping more Berandal clues – including when/where the sequel is set, and when production begins.

After Tweets from Evans himself revealed some Berandal character art back in late summer/early fall, news about the sequel has been scant; however, Evans has once again taken to Twitter and kicked off the new year with the following update:

Taking into account what Evans said above, here’s everything we know about Berandal so far, collected from the various interviews the director has given:



  • Berandal starts 2 hours after the conclusion of The Raid, which saw super-cop Rama and a surviving teammate arrest the corrupt Lt. Wahyu, who led them into the deadly trap. As indicated in the film, Wahyu is but a puppet of a large cabal of corrupt officials, so arresting him could be the beginning of a much larger battle.
  • We’ll see how things develop between Rama and his criminal-mastermind brother, Andi, now that they’re standing on opposing sides of the law.
  • We’ll also see how Andi fares while inheriting the deceased Boss Tama’s criminal empire
  • ‘Berandal’ is the film Evans wanted to make originally, but couldn’t get funded. He made ‘The Raid’ for a lower budget, and the acclaim has allowed him to now do ‘Berandal.’
  • The film will widen the scope of the action, taking things ‘out into the streets,’ as Evans told MTV.
  • We’ll also learn that Boss Tama and his building of thugs were a “small fry” compared to what’s coming in ‘Berandal.’
  • One bad thing that could be headed our way is “Hammer Girl.”
  • During post-production on ‘The Raid,’ Evans decided to make a trilogy – meaning ‘Berandal’ would be the middle chapter.
  • Only ‘a concept‘ exists for the third film, at the moment.

The Raid: Redemption blended several genres of film (martial arts action, thriller, horror), some innovative filmmaking born out of low-budget necessity, and a solid mythos and character roster. One can only hope that the investment of a bigger budget will allow Evans to apply that same innovation to a much larger canvas, thereby creating a much bigger scale of action than what the confines of a single building can offer.

As stated in the Tweet, production on Berandal will soon be underway. We’ll keep you posted on updates – including a possible U.S. Release date.

Source: Twitter (via MTV)

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  1. This seems awesome, I am eagerly anticipating The Raid: Berandal, it seems like it will be just as good. I just hope that it shocks me (in a good way) as much as the first one.

    PS-Hey Kofi and Screen Rant. Fan from the UK here, love your writing, the website and your podcasts. Keep it up guys.

  2. …..I CANT FUDGING WAIT!…., The Raid has been in top 10 films since it came out. It does what most ” Tent Pole” Big Budget films strive to do with Big studio funding.

  3. Raid : Redemption was amazing. Probably the best martial arts movie ever made IMO. Im looking forward to “Berandal”.

  4. I really enjoyed Redemption, the fighting was fast and brutal but never went too over the top. I look forward to seeing what the next one has to offer.

  5. the raid was nuts for a low budget movie, so just imagine what berandal is going to be like if this is his real ‘dream movie’. i just hope a character as crazy as mad dog is in it b/c he was def the highlight of the movie.

    will be watching this day one in cinemas for sure (a shame the first one didnt get as many views as it should have).

    • Low Budget needs to force creativity ! As they don’t have money they need to see what they can do different or whats their strenght,and that ws cool fights with long takes and real looking fights !

      Hope a larger amount of money keeps that spirit and does not turn it Hollywood cutting room edited actions ! That would be boring !

      • I agree, a bigger budget does not always mean a better movie, look at the Expendables 2, horrendous!

        I really enjoyed the The Raid and would quite happily sit through a sequal, this could be the trilogy Infernal Affairs failed to be!

        • I found The Raid to be incredibly overrated to be honest. Both Expendables 2 and Infernal Affairs trilogy were much much more enjoyable. Gareth Evans is a good director and the action was really well filmed and performed, but it’s got no substance whatsoever, it’s just one brutal fight after another with zero characterisation. It bored me senseless, and i am a huge fan of action/martial arts films.

          To be fair almost everyone else i know loved it, but for me it was a case of “seen-it-all-before”, although this was quite an extreme version of the stuff i’d seen before. The fact that it was so brutal didn’t add to it at all, but i’ll definitely check out the sequel. I didn’t think much of Merantau either, so for me, in spite of his obvious talent, Evans has made 2 underwhelming pictures in a row.

          • Yeah I enjoyed it but also had that feeling, it reminded me of Ong Bak which was hailed as the future of action cinema and then died on its arse

            I thought Expendables 2 was terrible, the first one was fun and violent, but needed work, the sequal was just lame, aside from Van Damme I hated it

            Loved Infernal Affairs, the second one was ok, the third one was unwatchable, worse than the Godfather Part 3

            That’s just me tho, The Raids hype, along with Evans, also reminded me of Monsters that came out a few years ago, which i found to be rather overated, it seems people are applauding the what was done with the budget, which if that’s the case the winner for me is Brain dead by Peter Jackson, which is still one for the sickest ad funniest things I’ve ever seen! Lol

  6. the cheorography was amazing only thing better was the way it was filmed. Catching every blow, stab and break with little blur.

  7. Damn, that shortie dude in the pic was CRAZY AS HELL!! @_@’