THE RAID 2 Begins Production

The most critically acclaimed action movie of 2012 has officially begun production and here's your first look at returning star Iko Uwais (Rama). Continue to read about plot details and the shooting schedule. The films picks up right where the first left off.

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By Mark Julian - 2/1/2013


Director Gareth Evans struck a chord with critics and jaded action fans alike with The Raid which premiered at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and was officially released in the U.S. in 2012 as The Raid: Redemption. Below, you can check out the first images from the sequel and read the official press release.


The reception for The Raid was so positive a comic book tie-in was launched.


Los Angeles, CA (January 31, 2013) – PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films announce the start of production for THE RAID 2 (Indonesian title, THE RAID 2: BERANDAL), the sequel to the wildly popular international hit THE RAID (aka THE RAID: REDEMPTION). The film reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role. Ario Sagantoro is producing for PT Merantau Films, along with Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian and Todd Brown for XYZ Films. Executive producing are Rangga Maya Barack-Evans and Irwan D. Mussry.

In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten. The film is currently lensing in Jakarta, Indonesia and is scheduled to shoot for over 100 days. Line producing the film is Daiwanne Ralie, with Matthew Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono serving as directors of photography.

Picking up right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

The Raid premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness section. It went on to play at Sundance and SXSW, before enjoying a theatrical release in the United States through Sony Pictures Classics. The film is approaching $15M in global box office.

XYZ and PT Mereantau Films are also in post-production on KILLERS, which is co-directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, with Gareth Huw Evans and Rangga Maya Barack-Evans executive producing . Evans and Tjahjanto recently collaborated on SAFE HAVEN, a celebrated segment in the horror anthology film S-VHS, which just premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

XYZ Films recently premiered Calvin Lee Reeder’s THE RAMBLER at Sundance as well.

“We’re incredibly excited to start the next chapter of The Raid story,” said XYZ Films. “Gareth introduced a rich and fertile world in the first film, and we’re eager to see him expand on that vision with Berandal.”

“To all our fans thank you so much for your support. We can’t wait to come back and show you what we have been working on,” said writer/director Gareth Evans. “We’ll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better and bloodier! Wish us luck.”

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) acquired the film for the United States, Spain, Latin America and South Africa, and Sony Pictures Classics will once again release the film theatrically in the United States.










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Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: 2014
MPAA Rating:Unknown
Starring: Iko Uwais, Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten
Directed by: Gareth Evans
Written by: Gareth Evans (screenplay)

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jimoakley666 - 2/1/2013, 3:54 AM
Well that's all fine and good. But when does DREDD2 start production?
marvel72 - 2/1/2013, 3:54 AM
excellent,the raid was my second favorite movie of 2012.can't wait to see the sequel.
ShermanHakim - 2/1/2013, 3:57 AM
syukur deh film ini mulai diproduksi, gak sabar pengen liat di bioskop
Jolt17 - 2/1/2013, 3:57 AM
Roy Marten's officially on board? Oh, yes. Hopefully, there will be a way to visit the set once filming begins. I really can't wait.
heisei24 - 2/1/2013, 4:18 AM



TokenNerd - 2/1/2013, 5:05 AM
The Thai make the best action movies!
Kayo - 2/1/2013, 5:22 AM
i love the first one..................this is good news
HeadPool420 - 2/1/2013, 5:36 AM
I can't wait!!! Finally something Grif likes,:)
HEROMAKER - 2/1/2013, 5:43 AM
@TokenNerd what?! Can't You read? It's from Indonesia, Silat is from Indonesia, Jakarta is capital city of Indonesia, which part didn't You understand? You need to read Ardian Syaf work in Lot of Bat Family book, he include Lot of Indonesian stuff there

Kayaknya banyak orang Indo juga disini?
PenditaMarah - 2/1/2013, 5:44 AM
@tokenNerd

It is not a Thai made,it is indonesian.
PenditaMarah - 2/1/2013, 5:45 AM
Filem indonesia paling berjaya pernah aku tontoni.and...I'm malaysian.
Daniellantern - 2/1/2013, 5:54 AM
This movie made me proud of my country; Indonesia!! Pencak Silat rules!

@HEROMAKER, @ShermanHakim orang Indonesia nih? Glad to found you my fellow countrymen!
Maximus101 - 2/1/2013, 6:06 AM
@tokennerd while I loved this movie and it was amazing, I'm going to have to say the Chinese make the best Kung fu movies no question.
janitra - 2/1/2013, 6:30 AM
Lol, apparently there are lots of Indonesians here.

Halo, salam kenal ya, dari indonesia juga nih!
Space - 2/1/2013, 7:26 AM
FireKnightRises - 2/1/2013, 8:29 AM
Whoa even Grif loves it!! What an awesome movie from my country :D

Keren!! ga sabar nonton hehehehe

LAXtremest - 2/1/2013, 8:43 AM
This movie brought ass kicking to an entirely different level.
ISeeStupidPeople - 2/1/2013, 9:16 AM
This was a damned good movie, hopefully the sequel lives up to expectations.
PenditaMarah - 2/1/2013, 9:28 AM
@darkknightrises

Wow,aku baru tau kau indonesian
FireKnightRises - 2/1/2013, 10:38 AM
hahaha iya gan salam kenal ya :D
P90 - 2/1/2013, 12:39 PM
Just saw this last week and oh shit was it good.
reverendpd - 2/1/2013, 3:17 PM
Holy crap!!! Holy crap!!!! Holy crap!!! This was one of the best martial arts movies I've ever seen. I can't wait for more!!!
Gnyah123 - 2/1/2013, 4:02 PM
hands down the BEST!! action movie of 2012!!!
FACT!!...call it martial arts..call it action...what ever..this IS THE BEST ACTION MOVIE!!! of 2012!! FACT!!!! who ever disagrees can go die...this movie was SICK!!!!!
i cant wait for the next one...
juwono - 2/1/2013, 9:13 PM
wow. i open this site everyday, and im very surprise that there are lots of Indonesian people!

Salam kenal semuanya! saya juga dari jakarta.. !! hehe
ShermanHakim - 2/2/2013, 12:55 AM
@Daniellantern thanks for noticing mas bro, i hope the sequel will be awesome too just like the first one.
PenditaMarah - 2/2/2013, 10:55 AM
I'm malaysian...hope we can be friends....salam kenal kalian smua....we're brother yooo

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