ActionFest Gets A First Look At Iko Uwais In Action On Set Of THE RAID (SERBUAN MAUT)

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Indonesia made a return to martial arts film after a long absence with 2009's Merantau. Directed by Gareth Huw Evans the film introduced silat star Iko Uwais to the world, winning fans at PiFan, Fantasia and Sitges while taking an audience award at Fantastic Fest and winning Best Film at the inaugural ActionFest 2010.

Well, ActionFest Mark Two is now underway and earlier today the festival unveiled a special treat for audiences there.

You see, Uwais wanted to say a little hello and thank you for the award last year but as he's tied up shooting new film The Raid (Serbuan Maut) right now he wasn't able to do it in person. Instead he prepared a little something special from the set of his latest effort.

Though not a teaser in any sense if does give a behind the scenes look at creating a shot from the film as well as a sense of the scope and severity of the violence being captured on screen.

A swat team arrives at a rundown apartment block with a mission to remove its owner, a notorious drug lord named Tama. The building has never been raided before, never been touched by police. Seen as a no go zone it has since become a sanctuary to killers, gangs, rapists and thieves seeking accommodation in the one place they know they cannot be touched.
Making their move in the break of dawn the swat team work their way up the building under cover of silence. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and with news of their assault traveling to Tama in his penthouse suite the building is locked down with all lights out and all exits blocked.

Stranded on the 6th floor the swat team must fight their way through every floor and every room not just to complete their mission but to survive.
We're proud to present Uwais' greeting to ActionFest audiences here at Twitch. Check it out below.

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