New Samurai Short From THE RAID Director Gareth Evans
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.
According to Evans in a post on Quiet Earth, the short was made in part to test out some choreography, and also in part so he could see if he could make action that was more kid-friendly than in his previous films (the image below is from Evans' twitter feed).
Yes, it's kid-friendly, but don't let that dissuade you. This is some pretty awesome work, both from the actors and from Evans. It's shot in beautiful black-and-white, it's elegant and moves like a perfectly orchestrated piece. Gareth, can you make this your next feature please?
UPDATE: Embedding has been disabled, but you can watch the video on youtube.