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The film that kick-started Hong Kong cinema's kung-fu renaissance and launched Jet Li towards a future of substandard western action movies. Its subject was already well known to local audiences: Wong Fei-hung was a real person: a turn-of-the-century martial arts master and healer who's become something of a folk hero. Like Sherlock Holmes or Robin Hood, he'd been portrayed many times before. Jackie Chan played him in Drunken Master, and a long-running Wong Fei-hung film series during the 1950s and 60s gave roles to the fathers of Bruce Lee and Yuen Wo-ping, »
Rights have gone to the UK (eOne), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Germany (Koch), France (Wildside) and China (Hgc).
Further deals closed in the Middle East (Shooting Stars), South Korea (Daisy) and India (Pictureworks). Apsara acquired rights for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia, where Evans’ Pt Merantau Films will handle theatrical rights.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
If you haven't seen Gareth Evans' The Raid stop what you're doing and go buy it. The 2011 bone crunching Indonesian actioner was one of the best films of that year and to many is one of the greatest action films of recent times.
Today, we have been treated to the teaser trailer to the sequel, titled Raid 2: Berandal. The teaser shows the return of Iko Uwais, who seems to be in a spot of bother, stuck in a jail cell. The teaser does what all good teasers do and shows very little, but what it does show looks seriously brilliant.
Little is known about the sequel apart from the fact that it finds Iko Uwais returning as Rama, now undercover in a tough prison as he attempts to infiltrate a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate. Also starring in the cast are Yayan Ruhian, Raidan Integra and Julie Estelle as the ridiculously titled Hammer Girl. »
- Gary Collinson
After the worldwide success of the first movie, a sequel was always going to happen and the trailer doesn’t disappoint. It goes from Iko punching his prison cell wall relentlessly whilst flashing clips of the overall movie.
Merantau Films co-produced the film.
If you’ve never seen or heard of The Raid, you need to here to go directly to LoveFilm and rent it or to Amazon to buy it because it’s one of the greatest martial arts movies you’ll ever see! Directed obscurely by Welsh Director Gareth Evans, the first movie sees a group of cops raid a building trying to get to the top to oust the biggest baddest crime lord you ever did see! It has some of the best practical stunts we’ve ever seen and is well worth your time.
The sequel has the title The Raid 2: Berandal and sees Evans return as director alongside Tegar Satrya and Yayan Ruhian who star. We’re hoping to see the movie hit UK cinemas 2014 and will have a release date for you as soon as we get it.
In the meantime, here’s the ass-kicking trailer for the second installment! »
- David Sztypuljak
After getting our first glimpse at the cast with the banner released last month, the first international trailer has been released for The Raid 2: Bernadal. Director Gareth Evans' high-powered follow-up to last year's The Raid: Redemption picks up directly after the events of the first movie, following Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover to infiltrate a Jakarta crime syndicate to uncover the corruption within his own police force. Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films will be releasing this sequel in North American theaters sometime next year, although an official release date has not been announced yet.
The Raid 2: Bernadal comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Iko Uwais, Roy Marten, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusodewo, Julie Estelle, Aarif Rahman, Yayan Ruhian. The film is directed by Gareth Evans. »
As promised, the first teaser trailer for Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal has roared onto the internet a little earlier than expected. courtesy of Twitch. The brief, visceral sizzle reel is our first glimpse of the Welsh filmmaker’s sequel to 2011’s The Raid: Redemption, which will see him reunite with Indonesian star Iko Uwais for more cringe-inducing action.
Here’s the trailer in all of its intriguing glory:
Picking up precisely where its predecessor left off, The Raid 2: Berandal will follow our vigorous protagonist Rama as he goes undercover in order to infiltrate a ruthless Indonesian crime syndicate. In the footage, Uwais’ character is confined to a prison cell, honing his skills against a chalk figure in a similar fashion to Oh Dae-Su from Oldboy. The plot itself is set to expand upon the simple premise of its predecessor —which took place within the claustrophobic corridors of »
- Michael Briers
The first intense teaser trailer has arrived for writer/director Gareth Evans’ sequel to Indonesian actioner The Raid (aka in certain territories as The Raid: Redemption). The follow-up film picks up only hours after the original ended with star Iko Uwais returning as the highly-skilled ass-kicking cop Rama. This time around he’s forced to go undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in a desperate effort to protect his family and uncover the shocking level of corruption in his own police force.
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- Craig Hunter
An hour and a half earlier than promised due to overwhelming demand, the teaser trailer for Gareth Evans' The Raid 2: Berandal - arguably the most anticipated action movie of next year - is now online, thanks to the lovely chaps at TwitchFilm, and it rocks.It's a true teaser, giving us a basic and very intriguing set-up. Iko Uwais' supercop, Rama, survivor of The Raid, is now sitting in a prison cell. How he got there, or why, remains a mystery, but he certainly doesn't look happy about it - as he demonstrates in no uncertain terms by punching the crap out of a silhouette on the wall.As he does so, we get brief flashes of just some of the colourful characters that Rama will meet, greet and in all likelihood grind into meat on his murky journey into the underbelly of the Indonesian crime scene. »
Regular readers will know of our deep, abiding affection for Gareth Evans’ crazy action hit The Raid. And with Evans now busy editing the sequel after a long shoot in Indonesia, it’s time for the marketing effort to ramp up. Evans has been talking on Twitter about preparing the teaser trailer for a likely launch next month and the first poster has arrived via Twitch. The Raid 2: Berandal picks up the story where the first one left off and sweeps Rama (Iko Uwais) into a much broader world of corruption and violence as he infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate.Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Yayan Ruhian, Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, Marsha Timothy, Cecep Arif Rahman, Matsuda Ryuhei, Endo Kenichi and Kitamura Kazuki are all part of the cast for this one, which promises to up the action levels (yes, really) while still keeping one eye on the plot. »
A motley assortment of characters join star Iko Uwais on the first teaser art for Gareth Huw Evans' upcoming The Raid 2: Berandal. With the film now in post production with an eye on a 2014 release and a teaser due in coming weeks, Evans has offered up a look at the first Indonesian teaser art for the film.Picking up the story right where the first film left off, The Raid 2 sweeps Rama (Uwais) into a much broader world of corruption and violence. Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Yayan Ruhian, Mathias Muchus, Tio Pakusadewo, Marsha Timothy, Cecep Arif Rahman, Matsuda Ryuhei, Endo Kenichi and Kitamura Kazuki all join the cast. Xyz Films (where, yes, I am a partner) co-produces along with Evans' own Pt Merantau...
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Released today is a brand new still from Gareth Evans’ upcoming sequel The Raid 2. If the actor in the photo looks familiar, that’s because it’s Yayan Ruhian. Who’s that you ask? He’s the guy who played Mad Dog in the first film. In the sequel, he’s returning but not as Mad Dog. Instead, he’ll be playing a new character named Prakoso.
As far as we know, there’s no connection between the two and at this point, we have no idea how he’ll factor into the plot. Speaking of plot, what we know so far is that it picks up right where the first film ended and follows “Rama (Uwais) 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.”
So far, it’s »
- Matt Joseph
Unleashed today via his Twittter account, The Raid filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans treated us to a fresh image from the production of his upcoming sequel The Raid 2: Berandal. And if that face looks familiar it is because that is Yayan Ruhian, Mad Dog from the first Raid film and Eric from Evans' debut feature film Merantau. It should be noted though, that he is not playing Mad Dog here but a new character called Prakoso. There is absolutely zero connection between the two characters. And to help disassociate between the two characters Yayan has let his hair out. Literally. The hair on Yayan's head has made a steady progression from clean cut in Merantau to completely disheveled in Berandal. I wager the next Evans film he...
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Xyz Films joins Gareth Evans’ Pt Merantau Films to launch worldwide sales on The Night Comes For Us, with Evans serving as action director and Timo Tjahjanto serving as director of the Indonesian-English thriller.
According to Screen Daily the film will be produced by the La-based Xyz Films with Pt Merantau Films, with Maya Barack Evans of Pt and Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian, Nick Spicer, and Todd Brown of Xyz serving as executive producers.
The Night Comes For Us follows “a Triad enforcer who, after unwittingly orchestrates a massacre, embarks on a bloody journey of atonement.” The film will star Joe Taslim of The Raid and Fast & Furious 6, alongside Yayan Ruhian.
Director Timo Tjahjano was one of the directors on the short film anthology ABCs of Death, as well as the “Safe Haven” segment of V/H/S/2, which he co-directed with Evans. His film Killers, also produced by Xyz, »
- Brad McHargue
Back in February, we reported that Sony Pictures acquired the rights to a sequel for the popular action-thriller The Raid: Redemption. We haven't heard much about this follow-up, entitled Berandal since then, except that Gareth Evans is returning to direct. Yesterday, the filmmaker teased new details regarding Berandal through his Twitter account, revealing the story will take place just hours after The Raid: Redemption's ending, and that production is scheduled to take place very soon.
Ok Raid 2 tidbit, we start shooting on January 19th and the first scene takes place 2hrs after the first film ends.
— Gareth Evans (@ghuwevans) January 2, 2013
Iko Uwais is believed to reprise his role as Rama in Berandal, although no further casting details have been revealed. With a production start date just weeks away, hopefully more details will be unveiled regarding this action-packed follow-up.
15 items from 2013
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