The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption

Ray Sahetapy as Tama and Pierre Gruno as Wahyu in THE RAID: REDEMPTION, a film directed by Gareth Evans. Photo by Akhirwan Nurhaidir. Picture courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

The Raid: Redemption

Executive Producer:
Photography Director:
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Line Producer:
  • Daiwanne P. Ralie
Stills Photographer:
  • Akhirwan Nurhaidir
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The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Opened: 03/23/2012 Limited

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Trailer: Click for trailer

Genre: Indonesian Crime Thriller (Indonesian w/English subtitles)

Rated: R for for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, and language.


As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, gangster and thief in the building in exchange for their heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team?s fallen leader Jaka (Joe Taslim) and use every bit of his fighting strength -- winding through every floor and room to complete the mission and escape with his life.

Recently named one of 2012's "Directors To Watch" by Variety -- Gareth Huw Evans reteams on THE RAID: REDEMPTION with Iko Uwais, the star and fight choreographer of the cult sensation Merantau -- which first brought the Indonesian martial art of Pencak Silat to global attention. Already a word-of-mouth sensation at the Toronto Film Festival, where it played to sold out crowds, the film is now poised to reach global audiences with a propulsive new score by alternative rocker/composers Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese, collaborator with Daft Punk and M83.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION is written, edited and directed by Gareth Huw Evans, and stars Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy and Tegar Satrya. The film is produced by Ario Sagantoro and executive produced by R. Maya Barack-Evans, Irwan D. Mussry, Nate Bolotin and Todd Brown.

THE RAID: REDEMPTION is a production of Merantau Films in association with Celluloid Nightmares and XYZ Films. The film is a presentation of Sony Pictures Classics.


  • Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival 2011
  • Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2012
  • Official Selection - SXSW Film Festival 2012
  • Official Selection - New Directors/New Films 2012

Director's Statement

I'm the guy that makes stunt performers take multiple kicks to the head for the pleasure of what I hope is a captivated audience. I ask a lot of people. I deal in blood and mayhem.

As a kid I was obsessed, and still am to this day with the incredible work done by my childhood heroes. My friends and I would re-enact everything we had seen, remaking our favorite films in my back garden. We were 8-year old kids running around, swinging punches and kicks, diving across the lawn. Back then I wanted to be an actor, back then I wanted to be Jackie Chan. But a few years and a lot of burgers later, and I set aside those aspirations and moved in a somewhat less physically demanding direction.

So why film? Why not any other medium? I can conjure up ideas and images in my mind - scenes and situations that I can see and hear in great clarity when it?s just me, a notepad and a pen. But getting these thoughts to exist in reality purely by my own means is impossible. I've never been gifted when it came to art. I lack the patience and expertise to be a photographer and as everyone who knows me well would confess my rhythm, or lack of it for that matter, has always been in the way of any musical aspirations I may have once had.

I've had to search for a means of expression. And so now, I'm a director. I gather a large group of insanely talented artists to do the hard work for me. To make each image, performance and scene come alive as I dreamt them. They do all this while at the end of the each project I get to take credit for the vast majority of it. But it's the teamwork and the efforts of a dedicated crew that make any film a success, not a sole voice.

As I orchestrate a fight sequence it becomes an ever changing, living, breathing piece of work that shifts with the improvisation and creativity of others. Sometimes nature will play a hand making the intention of each movement differ, sometimes for the worse but occasionally for the best.

I downplay my abilities in other mediums, and I genuinely would love to be better at each. But the truth is, the most breathtaking landscape paintings, the most amazing still moments captured forever in a photograph and the most touching chord of a piece of poetry in music just doesn't come close to those 24 little frames of perfection when my fighters give it up so that their audience can draw a collective gasp as they witness that all too brief but crystal clear shot of a kick to the head.

-- Gareth Huw Evans