The Martial Art used in this movie is Pencak Silat, the indigenous fighting style of Indonesia.
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All the guns used in the film are Airsoft replicas and not functioning firearms. All the shots of the guns actions cycling, muzzle flashes and casings ejecting were added digitally.
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Every actor who played a member of the SWAT team went through a training program with KOPASKA (Indonesian Navy's Special Ops) to study the techniques used in the force including weapons use and hand signals.
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Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog) had once trained Pencak Silat for Pasukan Pengamanan Presiden (the Indonesian Presidential Security Forces- equivalent to US Secret Service) in 1989 and for the Indonesian Military Police Corps in the early 1990s.
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Gareth Evans originally wanted an action drama set in a prison. When the approved budget was too small, he pared it down to a one-building action film that became The Raid. The success of this film allowed him to secure a larger budget for the sequel where he got his wish of a prison drama.
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The main character's name "Rama" appears to be taken from Rama Sukana. According to Sumatran folklore, Rama Sukana is a woman who is credited to have been the first person to teach Pencak Silat in a structured way.
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The original title "Serbuan Maut" means Death Raid in English.
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Despite the fact that the movie's tagline mentions "30 floors of chaos," the apartment building in the movie only features 14 floors, 15 if you count the ground floor.
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Lighting in this film was very difficult, since in several sequences, the camera turns 180 degrees around and moves around the room. To supplement this, production crews used lights on long poles and constantly moved with the camera.
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Contrary to popular belief, many different martial arts styles are used and fused together. Though the main protagonist uses one style, most others are using various combinations of Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and various others.
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Gareth Evans' debut film Merantau (2009) has a final fight sequence where two brothers fight the protagonist. In this film, the final fight sequence has two brothers fighting the antagonist.
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WILHELM SCREAM: During the first shootout when a gangster is thrown out of a window.
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Total body count: 121.
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