After the global success of his smash hit action movie ‘The Raid’, Welsh director Gareth Evans must have been fighting off offers from major Hollywood studios. Instead he chose to remain in Indonesia – his home for the best part of a decade – and shoot ‘The Raid 2’, a sprawling crime movie which expands the tight, one-location thrills of the original movie into an epic tales of cops, criminals and chop-socky masters. To mark the release of ‘The Raid 2’ on DVD and Blu-ray, we sat down with Gareth to discuss his favourite action movie and a key influence on the ‘Raid’ films, Akira Kurosawa’s iconic 1954 drama ‘Seven Samurai’.
‘For me, it’s close to being a perfect film,‘ Evans told us. ‘I saw it when I was very young, and I didn’t really know what to think. It wasn’t until I got to see it at the local arthouse cinema that it really made sense to me. There’s a world of difference between watching it on a 17” TV tube and watching it on the big screen! I love the stillness of it, but also the intensity of the battles. The whole final section takes place in a rainstorm, in the mud… I thought we had it bad on “The Raid 2”, shooting a prison riot in the rain, but that’s nothing to what they must have gone through. It’s such a huge sequence!’
‘The Raid 2’ is out on DVD now, and you can read our review on timeout’com/film.