The Top 5 Fight Scenes, as Broken Down by the Director of The Raid

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April 22 2014 12:29 PM

The Top 5 Fight Scenes, as Broken Down by the Director of The Raid

Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman in The Raid 2
Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman in The Raid 2.

Photo by Akhirwan Nurhaidir © 2014 - Sony Pictures Classics

If you’ve seen The Raid or its new sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, you know director Gareth Evans knows his fight scenes. The first movie, which came out in 2011, was more or less one uninterrupted brawl—including some of the best choreography and action cinematography in years—and The Raid 2 only ups the ante.

With the sequel in theaters, /Film’s David Chen talked to the director about his top 5 fight scenes, and then edited the discussion over footage of the scenes. The result is a great look at Evans’ inspirations—from Jackie Chan to Jet Li to They Liveand the kind of craft and ingenuity that goes into planning out and shooting a truly great fight scene.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer.