First Images for ‘Raid 2: Berandal’ Tease Blood & Martial Arts Battles

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 2nd, 2013 at 10:47 pm,

Alfridus Godfred as Machete Gang Leader in The Raid Redemption First Images for Raid 2: Berandal Tease Blood & Martial Arts Battles

Last year, Screen Rant’s Kofi Outlaw gave The Raid: Redemption five stars and ranked it as his second favorite action movie of all time (just behind Die Hard). The praise surrounding this low-budget Indonesian action movie, written and directed by Welsh martial arts fan Gareth Evans, was widespread and earned it an 84% score on Rotten Tomatoes, along with a worldwide gross of around four times its original production budget.

Planning begun on a sequel, titled Berandal, shortly after the release of the first film, and the sequel commenced shooting in January of this year. We’ve already had hints of what to expect, with a new character called “Hammer Girl” and confirmation that the sequel will be set immediately after the end of the first film.

When I spoke to Evans about Berandal last year, he promised that they were planning on making a much bigger movie this time:

“We’re expanding the universe now, so it’s not going to be set in the building any more, it’s going to be out on the streets, and so it’s a much bigger film, it’s a much more ambitious movie. We’ve got some big action setpieces lined up.”

Evans is keeping those setpieces under wraps for now, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to tease us by giving us a glimpse at the aftermath. The writer-director tweeted this still from the filming of a shoot-out, along with the warning that it’s “not for kiddos.”

Check out the photo below (click to enlarge):

the raid 2 bloody action still 570x229 First Images for Raid 2: Berandal Tease Blood & Martial Arts Battles

Evans’ twitter feed is worth following for those who are interested in the making of an independent martial arts action movie. He also recently posted a recipe for DIY squibs made from condoms, complete with this image of the condom-squib in action.

the raid two berendal squib First Images for Raid 2: Berandal Tease Blood & Martial Arts Battles

The fight choreography in the Raid films is based on an Indonesian/Malaysian form of martial arts called Silat. Evans says that he is heavily influenced by Eastern action Movies, and fell in love with martial arts movies from a very young age:

“When I grew up, seeing Bruce Lee for the first time was like watching a superhero, but for real. I couldn’t believe that a real human could move that fast.”

When asked about making the art of Silat look good on the big screen, Evans praises his cast, in particular his regular lead, Iko Uwais, who quit his day job as a driver for a telecommunications company when Evans asked him to join his production company, Merentau films, as a lead actor.

According to Evans, it’s the performers who succeeded in making The Raid: Redemption‘s action scenes so brutal:

“A large part of that comes from the cast that you have, from the actual lead performer. Iko’s an incredible martial artist, he’s a Silat specialist, and he understands movement, he understands what works on camera and what doesn’t, and that’s a really rare skill to have with a screen fighter. Silat itself lends itself very well to film. There’s a juxtaposition in terms of the approach to an attack, which is very graceful and beautiful, but that moment of impact turns ugly in an instant.

“You can be an incredible screen fighter, but if the people you’re fighting with can’t react properly, you’re no good at all. We rely so much on the stunt teams and the fighters who come in and are willing to put their bodies through a lot of punishment for us. It’s as much on them as it is on the lead.”

the raid redemption martial arts silat First Images for Raid 2: Berandal Tease Blood & Martial Arts Battles

Evans also uses a non-traditional choreography style in his films; despite being a devoted fan of martial arts cinema, he says that he doesn’t wish to follow exactly in the footsteps of his his heroes. Instead, he prefers to take a more realistic, gritty and – if the new images are anything to go by – ultra-violent approach to fight scenes:

“We try to keep our fights grounded in reality. We’re big fans of Hong Kong and Thailand action cinema, and we love watching these movies, but we need to do something to differentiate ourselves from them. We’re still in our infancy … they’ve had decades to perfect their craft, so who are we to try and compete with them at what they do best?

“Our approach is grounded in reality. We don’t break the laws of physics, we don’t break gravity, we don’t add acrobatics, so nobody does triple twists and a kick. When you watch the fight scene, I want you to feel like if you’d studied martial arts as well, you could do this.”

I know that I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of Uwais and co. in action.

The Raid 2: Berandal is currently still filming, but we’ll let you know as soon as it gets a release date.


Source: Gareth Evans [via Arrow in the Head]

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  1. Yes!
    Hopefully a 2013 release date, but I’m a little worried about the efforts to make this one “bigger” than the previous film.
    While it works some of the time ( as with Nolan’s Batman) it’s much more common that attempts to make the 2nd film bigger lead to mixed results.

    Still excited though.

    • Yeah, I’d have to agree. I was pumped until I saw that it was going to be “bigger” and on the “streets”. I’m a little worried that it might hurt the film a little. I still want to see it though.

  2. I am so pumped for the sequel. I can not wait for this movie. The raid is easily one of the best action movies, ever. It better come out next year. I barely got to see it locally, played for a week where i live. So im hoping for a much bigger release.

  3. Just waiting for someone to claim that Dredd somehow plagiarised this as well as the first one…

    • The Raid itself is a more violent form of Die Hard (Is that even Possible)

      The Raid also had elements of New Jack City (Drug Lord takes over an entire building complex)

      We shall see.

  4. the raid is also my all time favorite i think marvel should take notes from this movie on how to make a LEGIT fight scene. i mean the short guy and tall guy fought for like ten mm and ironman ,thor and cap…all fought like for 4mm…seriously…but im ready for the raid 2

  5. I’m hoping they don’t short change the story. In the end it has to stay an action genre that’s certainly a given and I know fans wouldn’t sacrifice that for story, no way. But you just know that the brothers angle is going to make this juicy, if they exploit it right and it would be sad not to. They just have to make sure it doesn’t stop the picture…

  6. i got this from another site

    -Running time, more than 2 hours, but 40-45 last minutes will be full of action!

    -The story begin in the same day with The Raid 1. But, the story continue until 3 next years.

    -Production on The Raid 2, will begin on January 19, until June 2013. Release: early this next year, 2014.

    -The first begin of this movie (The Raid 2) is 2 hours after of the end The Raid 1. So, the story will continue.

    -Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog) will stay at The Raid 2, but as another character, with long hair, use jacket, more old, and as an assassin, named Prakoso.

    -Add 3 actors from Japan. One of three actors from the game PlayStation 2 ‘YAKUZA’, Kiryu Kazuma (name in the game)/Endo Kenichi (real name). Maybe u ever play this game.

    Hot Scene Fighting:

    -Club fight.

    -Prison riot.

    -Toilet fight.

    -Baseball bat fight.

    -Yakuza japan gangster.

    -Shattered a shelter busway.

    -Four on one fight in the moving car.

    -Claw hammer girl fight at the subway train.

    -One on one knife fight with more than five minutes! And many more.

    -Character in the sequel, The Raid 2 have the big bad guy, the boss of the corrupt cops.

    -10x more complex in terms of storyline, drama, character, and of course, action!!! The scale of it is much, much bigger! Set on the outside, not on the inside building such The Raid 1.

    Follow at facebook fanpage: “The Raid 2 : Retaliation – 2014″