ActionFest Gets A First Look At Iko Uwais In Action On Set Of THE RAID (SERBUAN MAUT)

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ActionFest Gets A First Look At Iko Uwais In Action On Set Of THE RAID (SERBUAN MAUT)
Indonesia made a return to martial arts film after a long absence with 2009's Merantau. Directed by Gareth Huw Evans the film introduced silat star Iko Uwais to the world, winning fans at PiFan, Fantasia and Sitges while taking an audience award at Fantastic Fest and winning Best Film at the inaugural ActionFest 2010.

Well, ActionFest Mark Two is now underway and earlier today the festival unveiled a special treat for audiences there.

You see, Uwais wanted to say a little hello and thank you for the award last year but as he's tied up shooting new film The Raid (Serbuan Maut) right now he wasn't able to do it in person. Instead he prepared a little something special from the set of his latest effort.

Though not a teaser in any sense if does give a behind the scenes look at creating a shot from the film as well as a sense of the scope and severity of the violence being captured on screen.

A swat team arrives at a rundown apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord named Tama. The building has never been raided before, never been touched by police. Seen as a no go zone it has since become a sanctuary to killers, gangs, rapists and thieves seeking accommodation in the one place they know they cannot be touched.
Making their move in the break of dawn the swat team work their way up the building under cover of silence. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and with news of their assault traveling to Tama in his penthouse suite the building is locked down with all lights out and all exits blocked.

Stranded on the 6th floor the swat team must fight their way through every floor and every room not just to complete their mission but to survive.
We're proud to present Uwais' greeting to ActionFest audiences here at ScreenAnarchy. Check it out below.

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Todd BrownApril 9, 2011 1:19 PM

I love that little sideways glance at :20. Never gets old.

xinoApril 9, 2011 5:04 PM

hahahahahahaha...that was amazing!:)

i've never seen that done in a movie before!

Todd BrownApril 9, 2011 5:14 PM

I was there when they shot the guy being bashed into the wall and they had to do it from a few angles. Guy got his head bounced off the wall a LOT that day. This was the first take, though.

xinoApril 9, 2011 8:57 PM

was his head bleeding!?
that actual shot, was his head actually bleeding O_o

why did they shot so many angles?

Andrew MackApril 9, 2011 10:46 PM

I can't wait to see how all those bodies got there in the first place!

kujoo1April 10, 2011 1:51 PM

Merantau > Ong Bak.

I was really impressed with that fllm, and I can't wait to see this. Love the premise.

Todd BrownApril 10, 2011 6:52 PM

No real blood. Not then, anyway.

I believe in this scene they showed the shot from three angles - two, for sure, this and a reverse - and since they're shooting with only a single camera every angle means resetting and shooting it again.