Welsh film director, screenwriter, editor, and action choreographer Gareth Evans won world-wide acclaim for his work on the two Indonesian language, martial arts films The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2: Berandal, and has since become something of a God-send for those looking for well crafted, action-heavy movies. Not since the likes of Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan has there seemingly appeared a director as in tune with the art, majesty, and thematic nuance that can be excised out of tensely shot fight scenes on film.
Following the release of The Raid 2: Berandal, many viewers have been eagerly awaiting the release of the forthcoming third film in the Raid series. However, until the film arrives, viewers do have something from Evans and his crew to tide them over.
Evans has released a samurai short film titled "Pre Vis Action" to his YouTube account, as you can see above. The short explores a story of civil war, a treaty between two rival lords, a warrior, and two assassins hell bent on keeping tensions high and cultural fear at a premium. Initially, the short was meant to serve as test action sequence to serve as an example of the style, rhythm, and choreography of The Raid films. Its plot synopsis reads as follows:
"In a time of civil war, a young warrior is given the task of delivering a treaty between two rival lords. During her journey through the woods however, she finds herself hunted by two assassins intent on intercepting her message of peace in a bid to maintain the fear, instability and violent rule of their leader."
The footage in question is obviously possessed of the same artistry and magic that made Evans' prior work on the big screen so immediately thrilling and viscerally filled to the brim with tension, making this exercise in his already well-established craft truly something to behold for fans of The Raid films proper. What's more, the entire sequence depicted was shot, edited, and post-produced entirely in-house, including the original instrumental score that alludes to a mix of both Japanese and Indonesian instrumental traditions - something that makes the entire production far more impressive than your average test action sequence.
Until the third film in The Raid series finally sees theatrical release, viewers can fawn over Evans, Yayan Ruhian, and Arif Rahman's short film production, even if its initial design was largely experimental in purpose. The next feature film from Evans and his team may be a ways off yet, but there's plenty to marvel over in this latest bit of original action-heavy footage from the celebrated filmmaker.
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