The Raid, for people who don't know (and if you don't and you're reading this then feel very ashamed), was an incredible, violent, visceral and dynamically shot Martial Arts in a tower block movie that was one of the Doc and my movies of 2012 basically.
Bizarrely it was directed by a Welshman, Gareth Evans (with the Welshest name ever!) and was the second collaboration between him and his leading man, young Silat martial arts master, Iko Uwais.
Their first film together was Merantu (2009) and if you haven't seen that either then find it and see it, both films are just incredible.
Now here comes the news (and some on set photos) that The Raid 2 begins a 100 day shoot which is grueling as it is, when you add the, no doubt, excessive and insane physical fight and stunt work that will go into this, all I am thinking is that 100 days better have some chill out and recouperation time built in or someone's going to die!
Subtitled Berandal, which means thug, the action picks up right where the first film ends, following Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.
Slated for a 2014 and already with worldwide distribution in place it looks like there is plenty more action to come and with Gareth Evans saying this one will be 'Bigger, better and bloodier!' we couldn't be more pants-moisteningly excited.