Gareth Evans has created some of the most elaborately constructed and enthrallingly directed action sequences of all time in his martial arts movies “The Raid: Redemption” and “The Raid 2,” and now he’s unleashed another stunning bit of action choreography in a new short film posted to his YouTube page. The film is a pre-visualization of a fight scene and centers around a female warrior who finds herself hunted by two assassins.
If the scene seems a bit tame compared to Evans’ blood-squirting, head-popping, heavy R-rated action set pieces from “The Raid,” just know that it was the director’s every intention to stay within PG-13 limits. Posting a short commentary on Twitter, the director wrote: “Had the pleasure of having Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman and Hannah Al Rashid visit me in Wales over the summer holidays for a week or so. While here, we made the following little short sequence; partly to test out some choreography ideas I had, partly to see if we could create something non-violent my kiddo could see, but mainly [because] I really needed to fucking shoot something after 2 years without picking up a camera.”
The short may not be as bloody as “The Raid,” but it’s no less spectacularly conceived. Watch the short by heading over to Evans’ YouTube page.