Director Gareth Evans is best known for his action movie hit The Raid: Redemption and its sequel The Raid 2. He also co-directed the V/H/S 2 segment titled “Safe Haven” with Timo Tjahjanto.
Recently Evans uploaded a short film to YouTube that’s just another one of the little treats the internet gives us often. It’s a simple samurai tale, following a warrior attempting to deliver a peace treaty during a civil war when two assassins show up to stop her from accomplishing her objective, shot in black and white as a tip of the hat to the films of Akira Kurosawa such as Seven Samurai no doubt.
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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 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.