THE RAID 2
About The Production
In 2009, after the successful release of MERANTAU, Evans wrote an ambitious
action drama, BERANDAL (Delinquent / English translation). The script contained
substantial action scenes and complicated stunts that required a much bigger
production than MERANTAU. Evans and Barack spent the whole year of 2010
searching for funding and technical support fit for the ambitious project.
Unfortunately, they struggled and were forced to put the project on hold while
Merantau Films moved forward with its second feature film, THE RAID: REDEMPTION,
produced in 2011. THE RAID: REDEMPTION was received positively from both
Indonesian and international audiences in 2012. After THE RAID: REDEMPTION's
success, Evans and Barack-Evans were convinced that there was potential for a
Gareth began revisiting BERANDAL's script to determine if it could be adapted
as a sequel to THE RAID. (A close associate from XYZ Films, Nate Bolotin, Todd
Brown, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian kept a close discussion and adaptation of
BERANDAL into THE RAID 2). Evans worked on a multiple drafts, tweaking the story
line, characters and parts of the plot and completed it in the summer of 2012.
The revised script, with changes made to some of the supporting roles, gave
Evans the opportunity to cast Japanese actors as members of the opposite gang:
Kenichi Endo as M. Goto, the mafia boss, Ryuhei Matsuda as Kenichi, his son, and
Kazuki Kitamura as his right hand man.
Preproduction for THE RAID 2 began in Jakarta in the fall of 2012. With the
revised script in hand, Evans, Uwais and Ruhian began making adjustments to the
action choreography originally developed by Uwais and Ruhian in 2010:
"Once the revised script was completed, we started working on adjusting the
action choreography to fit the new script. Gareth asked for a lot more fight
scenes to be added and the technical level of the fights was also increased,
especially for the Hammer Girl part. Her fight choreography was much less
complex in the original script" (Yayan Ruhian)
Before preproduction on THE RAID 2, Evans shot a short feature titled OUTCALL
starring Julie Estelle. Julie's role in the film required a small fight scene.
After seeing her performance, Evans saw Estelle as a potential candidate for
Hammer Girl. Estelle was among the candidates who auditioned for the role.
Candidates were given two days to learn and rehearse the choreography imagined
by Uwais and Ruhian. They performed on the third day. Even though Estelle did
not have any martial arts background, her performance stunned Evans, Uwais and
Ruhian. Julie proved able to not only fight well, but perform her scenes with
credibility. She was exactly what Evans was looking for.
One of the most memorable scenes in the film (and the one Evans was most
excited about) features Hammer Girl - a pretty and fashionable girl looking like
a pop icon - using two hammers to eliminate a gang of men as she slowly reaches
towards her target in a subway train.
Since his debut as the lead actor in MERANTAU (Yudha) and in THE RAID:
REDEMPTION (Rama), Uwais has always played a righteous ideal hero. When Evans
wrote THE RAID 2 he wanted to challenge Uwais by creating a hero who has lost
track of himself and as a result shows a darker side. Rama manages to escape
from the chaos with the help of his brother. After his brother is killed by a
gang member, Rama develops a strong sense of revenge. He loses control when he
goes undercover into the dark world of gangsters. Rama, once a hero with strong
moral values, slowly becomes violent. Rama is also now a married father of a
young boy. Embodying a character with such a complex story was challenging for
"When I make a film, I don't really want to repeat what I have already done
in my previous films, I like to keep pushing the challenge bar in many ways and
present a fresh product" (Gareth Evans)
In THE RAID: REDEMPTION, the leading and supporting roles were somewhat
limited, and the storyline rather simple. Evans wanted THE RAID: REDEMPTION to
be an equivalent of a roller coaster experience in cinema. In THE RAID 2, Gareth
wanted to create a much more complex film, developing subplots and multiple
supporting characters. He strove to make the new characters as compelling as
possible, even those with limited onscreen presence. None are there to merely
support the principal casts but are equally important and. For instance, Hammer
Girl and Baseball Bat Man are both written as characters that don't have any
lines of dialog. Yet they each have one amazing action scene to themselves. The
two characters are memorable on the strength of these scenes alone. The film
also features car stunts, a new type of filmmaking for Evans.
The car stunts were coordinated by the Hong Kong stunt team, under the
supervision of Bruce Law. Introduced by common friend Mike Leeder, Evans and Law
met in Jakarta in December 2012 and discussed Evans's ideas at length. After
finding common ground, they worked together on designing the stunts, which
included painstakingly planning details such as car types and locations. It was
the first time a car stunt sequence was filmed in Indonesia, so it was quite a
challenge working with local authorities.
Aria Prayogi and Fajar Yuskemal had already collaborated with Merantau Films
for MERANTAU (2009) and THE RAID: REDEMPTION's (2011) score. However, for THE
RAID: REDEMPTION's U.S. release, the score was done by Mike Shinoda (Linkin
Park) and Joe Trapanese. For THE RAID 2, Gareth wanted to avoid having two
versions of the score. He
set up a platform where Aria and Fajar could collaborate with foreign artists.
Once the THE RAID 2's production was announced, Joe Trapanese showed interest in
joining the project.
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