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The Raid 2 (2014) Poster

(2014)

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According to a Gareth Evans interview, this is the explanation about how he shot the car chase scene: "The pass started with the director of photography on one side of the car. The second DOP is actually dressed as one of the seats. The camera comes in through the window and he just grabs it. On the other side of the car crouching right by the tires on a platform is another camera assistant, so the second DOP passes it to him through the back window."
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The final epic kitchen fight scene took 8 days to film and contains 195 shots and is a favorite of the director Gareth Evans.
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All the punches and kicks to the body of the actors were real. Iko Uwais and the other fighters had to learn how to control their speed and strength so that it would look real on the camera.
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Takes place two hours after first film ended and then two years later.
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The first Indonesian film to reach the IMDb Top 250 list. It has now left the list.
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Originally, Berandal was written before The Raid: Redemption (2011). When funding fell through for Berandal, Gareth Evans (director) decided to do a film that required a lower budget that would eventually become the first movie.
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Gareth Evans spent 6 weeks designing the final fight.
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Iko Uwais had trained together with the other fighters for 6 months, so that they would meet every day and build that mutual trust before shooting the fight scenes, so that when one of them missed, they wouldn't want to punch back harder.
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When they shot the fight scenes, shooting would have to halt mid-scene for about 20-30 minutes each time, for the make-up artist to create damage on their faces, etc, for continuity purposes.
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Berandal's choreography was already in place before The Raid: Redemption (2011) went into pre-production, however, Gareth Evans decided to keep Berandal's choreography for the sequel and use all new 'silat' (Indonesian martial arts) choreography for the first movie.
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Julie Estelle had zero background in martial arts and she had to learn Silat from basic for 6 months before she started shooting her fight scenes.
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According to director Gareth Evans, The Raid 2 starts two hours after The Raid: Redemption (2011) finishes. There were plans for a third movie, which would have started three hours before The Raid 2 finishes. However, in 2018, Evans stated that after doing two Raid movies, he was eager to do some other projects first. As time went on, he felt that the series had already reached its natural conclusion in the second movie, and he felt increasingly less compelled to return to the franchise. Fearing 'franchise fatigue', he concluded that him making a third movie would be unlikely.
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Director Gareth Evans told a fan on Twitter that part of the film's budget was funded by selling rights to Screen Gems for an American adaptation.
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Preparation for the fight scenes in The Raid 2 took 18 months (excluding the completed choreography made before The Raid 1).
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According to an Iko Uwais interview with Variety, one of the key differences between fighting on- and off-camera is that he can't show weakness while battling in a ring, but on camera he must convey his physical reaction to the punches, kicks and blows.
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During and throughout filming, Gareth Evans edited rough shots in sequence on his laptop.
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For the car chase scene, roads had to be cleared from 6 a.m until 6 p.m.
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According to Gareth Evans, the idea of "Hammer Girl" came to him from his first feature film, Merantau, where one of the silat styles featured is called "tiger style" because the hits are made with the palm of a hand while the fingers are kept in a claw-like position. Evans wanted an "extension" of the tiger style where a weapon would be used, and the only weapon he could think of was a claw hammer.
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According to producer Aram Tertzakian, 'berandal' translates into English as 'thug' or 'scoundrel'.
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Evans says that Sam Peckinpah, John Woo and Jackie Chan define action cinema. "When they do an action sequence, you're always aware of your surroundings. You always have an understanding of the geography of the place. There's a clarity in the detail there and also a willingness to show the choreography full and clean."
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The hammers wielded by Julie Estelle's character (Hammer Girl) are made of foam rubber. This is the same case with the baseball bat wielded by the Baseball Bat Man.
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Gareth Evans mentioned on his Twitter that they were using RED Scarlet for 95% of the shoot, Epic for slow motion, and Go Pro 3 for quick cuts during the car chase.
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The quote "one of the greatest action movies ever made'' in the poster is taken from Matt Goldberg's Collider review, who is known to be very critical and a regular in film festivals.
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In one of his first scenes, Prakoso is seen sitting on a sidewalk next to a stray dog. This is most likely a sly nod to the actor's (Yayan Ruhian) character from the first Raid film, "Mad Dog".
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Indonesian poster for The Raid 2 is made up of small images from the film to form the very stern face of character Rama.
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According to producer Ario Sagantoro, around nearly 60 types of guns are used, a lot more than the first Raid.
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The Yuda codename that Rama uses in prison is a the same name of his character in Merantau.
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Originally scheduled to be released in Malaysia on March 28 2014 but was banned by the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia due to the violent content.
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A baseball coach was brought in to develop the "Baseball Bat Man" character. Director Gareth Evans and the coach both worked on the bat as a mêlée weapon.
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In the revised Berandal script, the main character's motivation was changed and turned into the main role of Rama, an undercover cop. By giving a new identity and role for Rama as an undercover cop, the script gained a new thrill element. Also, in the new script, Evans added an action scene which takes place in a taxi.
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Composer Joseph Trapanese said in an interview that the first cut of the movie was around three and a half hours long.
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While in his cell, Rama trains by hitting a sketch of a man on his cell wall. This is also exactly how Oh Dae-Su trained while imprisoned in Oldboy (2003).
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On the episode aired on September 25th, 2016 of 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', Samuel L. Jackson said The Raid 2 was his favorite movie.
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An action scene which takes place in a taxi was inspired by a true story that Evans heard from a friend of his when he was polishing the new script. The new script was completed by the mid-end of 2012 and pre-production started straight after.
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Like in the first movie, the Martial Art used in this movie is Pencak Silat, which is the native fighting style of Indonesia.
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Rama's prisoner number is KSC2-303, the same as the hero from the Ryuhei Kitamura film Versus.
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The prison scene took place at Benteng Van Der Wijck, Gombong, Central Java.
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Clocking at 150 minutes, this is about 50 minutes longer than The Raid: Redemption, one of the biggest run-time differences between a first installment and its sequel.
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The Pencak Silat fighting skills of Iko Uwais (Rama) and Yayan Ruhian (Prakoso) got the attention of Nina Gold, who cast them as Razoo Quin-Fee and Tasu Leech for director JJ Abrams in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015).
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Among the returning cast members from the first movie, it is only Yayan Ruhian who didn't reprise his previous character instead playing a whole new character Prakoso.
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Arifin Putra gained 22 pounds to prepare for his role in this movie.
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The music used in the first trailers for this film is "Sarabande", composed by George Frideric Handel.
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The Raid 2 is Uncut in Germany, while it's been Censored in the US.
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The principal photography began on January 20th, 2013, and the production wrapped up in the first week of August 2013.
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The movie released in Japan with the title The Raid: Gokudo.
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The US trailer was released on same day as the premiere at Sundance Film Festival.
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At the Sundance Film Festival world premiere, an audience member fainted during the violent club fight scene. The movie had to be stopped so the paramedics could take the fella out.
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Two missing track scores, "Black" and "Club", that are not included in the released soundtrack were uploaded on Soundcloud by composer, Aria Prayogi.
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The official US title was revealed on trailer of US version.
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The name of Rama's undercover identity is Yuda. This name bears a strong resemblance to Judas, one of Jesus' twelves apostles. Judas betrayed Jesus. Rama uses his undercover identity to infiltrate the crime family of Uco and Bangun.
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This film reunites Ryuhei Matsuda and Kenichi Endo who previously worked together in Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006).
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Aside from sharing the last scene in this movie, both Iko Uwais and Ryuhei Matsuda were born in the year 1983.
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The police that recruit Rama to go undercover, Bunawar, is taken by the name of the "Guru" that taught Iko Uwais the art of Pencak Silat (Ahmad Bunawar).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

All three of Bejo's top tier henchman ("Hammer Girl", "Baseball Bat Man", and "The Assassin") are all killed by their own weapons (claw hammer, baseball bat, and karambit knife, respectively).
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Body count: 327.
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Although a few scenes of violence were trimmed to obtain an R rating by the MPAA, the graphic deaths of Baseball Bat Man and Bejo remain untouched in the US release.
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Throughout the entire movie, Rama does not kill one single person with a gun.
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In the final kitchen fight scene, the Assassin delivers a horizontal cut to Rama's right cheek. This is likely an homage to the first movie, when the Machete Thug cut Rama's left cheek through the wall.
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When Bangun asks Eka to give a peace package to the Goto family, it contains the area of "Menteng" and "Sabang". In reality, those areas are the most expensive areas with high profile residence (including the Indonesian vice president's house, Jakarta's governor house and also most of the embassy residences) in Jakarta.
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In all of Bejo's scenes, he's only shown to lose control of himself twice: at the beginning of the movie when he's talking to Andi and near the end when he's dining with Uco and Commissioner Reza. It's interesting to note that in both of these instances, after he loses control of himself before quickly regaining it, at least one major character is killed by a shotgun shortly afterward. In the first instance, after he regains control and says a few more words to Andi, one of his men executes Andi with a pump shotgun. In the second instance, a little while after Bejo picks up his dropped walking cane off of the floor and resumes eating with Uco and Reza after his brief outburst, he attempts to throw a shotgun to Reza to defend them against Rama when he breaks in before it is instead caught by Uco, who proceeds to kill both Reza and Bejo with it.
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The word polisi seen on one of the prison trucks is also Swahili for police.
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