‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans Has Made a Samurai Short Film!

By January 25, 2016

Have you seen Gareth Evans’ The Raid movies? No? Okay, I’ll stop right now and give you time to catch up. Let me know when you’re ready.

All set? Great.

In 2011, Evans released his first movie, the balls to the wall The Raid that many consider to be a straight up masterpiece. The violent choreography was done in a way that made it so memorable, no one could even fathom how it could be topped. Fast forward to 2014 and Evans’ The Raid 2 upped the ante –  a rare sequel that lived up to/surpassed the original. I hold both in high esteem and am secretly happy all attempts at a remake have been squashed. At least so far…

For some reason, Evans has been rather silent on future projects. I haven’t heard much from him and when the impending remake talk was happening, I hoped, beyond hope, that Evans would be announced as the director– and just make a Raid 3 with studio help.

Well, guess what? Evans has been quietly working on something for a while now and he took to his Twitter account to share the news:

That little something is a ‘pre-vis’ fight scene he posted directly on to his YouTube page – a short “Samurai” story about a warrior delivering a treaty, hunted by two assassins. Now this is only a ‘pre-vis’ short, meaning it’s not the final take on the story. What’s in it is some cool action not really seen from Evans. More to the point, he wanted to test himself to see if he could (possibly) do a PG-13 movie with great action (like The Raid) without having to alienate younger fans out there – using his “kiddos” as the reason behind it all. Here’s the synopsis of the short taken directly from Evans’ You Tube Page.

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 RaidSince he disabled the embed portion of the video, you have to travel directly to his page in order to catch it. Which is well worth the click. So get to clicking!

Straight from Evans as well are the details on the short I will share below:

The following is a test action sequence designed by Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman and Gareth Evans. It was designed in a bid to create choreography that maintains the style and rhythm set out in their prior work (The Raid 1&2) while staying within the parameters of a PG-13/12A audience friendly certification.

Designed in under a week, it was shot over the course of 3 days on location in Hirwaun, WALES. The short sequence was shot using a Sony NEX-7 with only the Director and Cast on location. No other crew and cast worked on this project during the shoot.

Post production was handled in-house with Gareth Evans handling the offline edit while Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi continued their collaboration by providing an instrumental score tailor made to the project that would call upon cultural elements (the mix of Japanese and Indonesian instruments) inherent in the design of the film.

They have also undertaken the recording of ADR with the cast, foley and editing all sound FX before completing a final stereo mix.


Performed by Hannah Al Rashid, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman.
Sound Mix, ADR, Sound FX, Sound Editing and Music by Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi.
Shot, Edited and Directed by Gareth Evans.

This short film is not intended to be used for commercial purposes.

I love the fact that Evans is interested in showing something to his kids while testing the limits of his imagination inside a PG-13 template. But what get’s me most – the fact that he hasn’t shot something for so long, he had to make something. That’s the sign of a filmmaker not resting on his laurels.

I love both Raid movies and hope he returns very soon – but this time, in theatres.

So, assuming you have all clicked and watched the short, do you think his PG-13 style works? Is this a sign that instead of The Raid 3 we’ll be getting a full length Samurai movie? Would love to know what you guys are thinking out there!

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Mark Reilly
Born a geek a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Tustin, CA - Reilly is a seasoned writer and producer with over twenty years experience in the film industry. He is the co-host of 'Far, Far Away' here on GeekNation as well as 'Meet the Movie Press' on the Popcorn Talk Network; which airs live every Friday morning at 9am pst. Tweet him at @Reillyaround
  • You should watch Merantau. I think Evans did it before The Raid. It’s really good as well.

  • RolandDeschain1 .

    Very cool.

    And the girl reminded me a lot of Iko.