'The Raid' Director and Choreographer Made a Samurai Short

January 25, 2016


Between The Raid and The Raid 2, director Gareth Evans and martial artist and action choreographer Yayan Ruhian have managed some fairly awesome fights involving fists, feet, knives, bats, machetes, effing HAMMERS, and more. They hadn't done an awesome three-way samurai sword fight yet, though, so the two--along with The Raid 2's awesome kitchen-fight guy, Cecep Arif Rahman--went out to the woods in Wales and designed a five-minute short involving that.

It sees actress Hannah Al Rashid as a young warrior-messenger delivering a treaty between lords engaged in a civil war. "During her journey through the woods however, she finds herself hunted by two assassins (Ruian and Rahman) intent on intercepting her message of peace in a bid to maintain the fear, instability and violent rule of their leader."

Predictably, the action is really intense and incredibly executed, but as a warning to purists, know that it's not really authentic "samurai" in its frenzied style. Also not entirely authentic: the stars might be wearing Crocs. They're just more comfortable if you're on your feet stabbing people all day!


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