The Raid: Redemption was one of our favorite films of the year (read our review), but director Gareth Evans has made it clear that the film is just the opening chapter in a much larger story. The success of The Raid - in both its native Indonesia and here in the States - has already motivated Sony to fund a sequel, Berandal, which basically translates to "Thug" in English.
Today we have a look at one of the new and... colorful characters from the world of Berandal, and she already has us nervous about what to expect from the sure-to-be-violent sequel.
Twitch Film picked up on a Twitpic sent out by Evans himself, which showed off concept art of the new character, ominously named "Hammer Girl." Fans of The Raid already know that the film was populated with some frightening characters who were usually defined by a nickname (like the brutal "Mad Dog") or dominating trait (the nightmare-inducing "machete gang"). While Evans hasn't specified how "Hammer Girl" fits into the story of Barandal, it's easy to assume that she's not working for the side of law and order, and that somebody's brains, at some point, are going to get bashed out:
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The end of The Raid saw brothers Rama (Iko Uwais) and Andi (Donny Alamsyah) standing on polar opposite sides of the law, with rookie Rama having proven himself to be a premiere ass-kicking supercop, while Andi was crowned as the new evil mastermind of a criminal empire. As Evans stated in our interview earlier this year, Berandal will examine, in part, how Andi tries to consolidate his crime syndicate:
We develop a little bit more with the brothers again...I wanted it to be the reality that [Andi] is happy where he is, and he’s good at what he does, and his life is what it is now – and has been for six years...So that’s where we pick up from, the fact that [Andi] has inherited this sort of new crime syndicate. So yeah, it’s going to be fun.
Well, if characters like "Hammer Girl" are going to be part of that "fun," Berandal should be as thrilling (and bloody) an action movie experience as The Raid was.
Berandal will begin production this fall, with a planned U.S. release date TBD. We'll keep you updated on the status of the film as production rolls along.