You’re going to want to stop whatever your doing, because whatever you’re currently involved in, with very few exceptions, is not as awesome as a new short film from Gareth Evans. The director of TheRaid and The Raid 2 dropped a badass five-minute video, and if that’s enough to get you to check it out, what are you even doing here?
You’ll have to click over to Evans’ YouTube page to watch, but it’s well worth the investment, I promise. Full of the frenetic, inventive action you’ve come to expect from the Merantau director, this is a quick, no frills blast of running and swordplay starring Hannah Al Rashid, Yayan Ruhian, and Cecip Arif Rahman.
Here’s a quick synopsis:
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.
This is a test to see whether or not it was possible to choreograph a scene that features the same type of kinetic, high-tempo action featured in The Raid films, but within the confines of a more audience friendly, PG-13 rating. There is a decided lack of blood, even with all the swordplay, but it still totally kicks ass. This was shot over the course of three days with just the cast and Evans, who edited it all together.
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