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Ten Films To Watch Before The Raid
Gareth Evans' primer to his action spectacular

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The most blistering action film of the year so far, The Raid is so intense it will leave you with actual bruises. The man behind it, Welsh director Gareth Evans, sends Iko Uwais’s greenhorn cop and a small SWAT team into the deadliest housing project in Jakarta, the kind of place that’d give even Snake Plissken second thoughts. It’s a labyrinth of Silat-skilled villains and big bosses… oh, and guns. LOTS of guns. So what were the movies that inspired it? Empire called Evans in Indonesia to find out. Short of concertinaing your face with a wok, there’s no other way to prepare yourself for 100 minutes of martial arts mayhem...

Warning: Contains mild spoilers for The Raid

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
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Ten Films To Watch Before The Raid | 1. Fist Of Fury (1972)
1. Fist Of Fury (1972)

It’s Bruce Lee’s best film, without a doubt. Because he plays it quiet in The Big Boss (1971) for the first 30-40 minutes - he doesn’t swing a punch - you don’t get that feeling of power. In Fist Of Fury he’s like a maniac; he’s off the leash and there’s something dangerous about his character. His character is unhinged – very violent. I watched the dojo scene over and over and over again.

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1 guysalisbury
MIA Born Free is a music video ;) More

Posted by radar670 on Friday May 18, 2012, 13:33

2 Agreed....Where's Hard Boiled
Seriously No Hard Boiled; not a Single John Woo movie...Dude get to Hong Kong more! More

Posted by dgribble on Wednesday May 16, 2012, 00:30

3 RE: Pic 1
L: Phil de Semlyen In fairness to Gareth, this isn't intended to be an exhaustive list of films that influenced The Raid, more a fun primer to get you in the mood. I'm sure he'd be the first to pay homage to John Woo and Hard Boiled. Look out from him on next week's podcast... Well, I have to say, as I've already seen The Raid a few weeks ago at the Bradford Film Festival, that if his list is a primer and not an influence list to get you in the mood then watch Hard Boiled and Ong Bak. Those two will definately get you in the mood for this gem of an action movie. More

Posted by MuckyMuckMan on Tuesday May 15, 2012, 22:24

4 M.I.A Born Free
I've never heard of this and cant find a review on The Empire site............ More

Posted by guysalisbury on Tuesday May 15, 2012, 12:16

5 RE: Pic 1
In fairness to Gareth, this isn't intended to be an exhaustive list of films that influenced The Raid, more a fun primer to get you in the mood. I'm sure he'd be the first to pay homage to John Woo and Hard Boiled. Look out from him on next week's podcast... More

Posted by Phil de Semlyen on Tuesday May 15, 2012, 11:01

6 Pic 1
This is from the big boss. More

Posted by pablo233 on Monday May 14, 2012, 20:33

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It's Gareth Evans pick, so if he doesn't view Hard Boiled as a major influence, then I guess it wasn't a major influence. Having said that, a wee spoiler alert wouldn't have gone amiss Empire... More

Posted by JamieNC on Monday May 14, 2012, 19:37

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Where's Hard Boiled? More

Posted by MuckyMuckMan on Monday May 14, 2012, 18:28

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No Hard Boiled? More

Posted by Whistler on Monday May 14, 2012, 17:16

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