For the last two days I have been telling everyone within ear shot of what an awesome night I had on Thursday. Some have asked me why I'm so excited about The Raid 2 well here you go - not only did I finally get to see get to see Gareth Evans' The Raid 2 a film I have been waiting for since the closing minutes of the original The Raid but we got to see the uncut version. I haven't been this excited about martial arts films since Bruce Lee and Jet Li's early films.
But I was always secretly jealous of guys who got to meet Iko Uwais (Rama) & Yayan Ruhian (Mad Dog) the stars of The Raid and serious martial artists. Even more so when I heard they were doing demonstrations of their fighting skills.
Seriously you watch an incredible physical film and then you get to see the a demonstration from the performers in real life it doesn't get more immersive than that.
It's not just that they are the best at what they do, or that are in peak physical shape after training and honing their skills for years, it's not just that there's a certain righteousness or purity about someone who dedicates their lives to a physical art form forsaking modern trappings, it's not the that they are great at what they do, but it has a lot to do with their willingness to leave their homes and travel great distances from friends & family to answer questions and put on a bit of a show for fans like myself who appreciate it.
At the screening I heard there was a delay because because the guys were signing for fans, after seeing this pic below of what was happening outside I'm not surprised the screening started a little late.
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— Alex Abbad (@alex_abbad) April 2, 2014
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|The Raid 2 (The Raid 2: Berandal)|
Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.
Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra
He thought it was over. After fighting his way through a seemingly impenetrable building filled with gangsters and madmen, rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) thought his mission was done and he could live a normal life. He couldn't have been more wrong.
His brutal and bloody victory has attracted the attention of the top level underworld kingpins. With his family now in danger, Rama has only one choice to protect them: he must go undercover, infiltrate the criminal organisation that runs the city and work his way to the top until he reaches the corrupt politicians, police and gang bosses who secretly pull the strings.
So Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, taking on the new identity of a vicious thug and entering prison in order to win the trust of the incarcerated son of a prominent crime lord to join the gang himself and take them down once and for all.
THE RAID 2 is directed by Gareth Evans who follows up his original smash hit The Raid, expanding the mythology of Rama's world, increasing the level and complexity of fight choreography and introducing us to a glorious new gallery of villains, from crime lords Bangun and Goto, and mysterious assassin Prakoso, to the iconic Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man.
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