The Raid director has released a samurai short and you need to watch it

Every action fan knows the name Gareth Evans. The director, screenwriter, editor, and action choreographer of The Raid movies garnered a huge following thanks to his superb fight scenes. With The Raid 3 still some time off, the director has just released something on YouTube which will make the wait all the more bearable. A short film entitled Pre Vis Action full of the well choreographed fights scenes fans have come to expect. Enough talking, watch it now...

The short was originally made as a test action sequence to show the style, rhythm, and choreography of The Raid movies, but I think you’ll agree it’s pretty impressive on its own. The plot synopsis reads: "In a time of civil war, a young warrior is given the task of delivering a treaty between two rival lords. During her journey through the woods however, she finds herself hunted by two assassins intent on intercepting her message of peace in a bid to maintain the fear, instability and violent rule of their leader."

Shot beautifully and made entirely in-house, it's easy to see why Gareth Evans has become one of the biggest names in action cinema. His next offering may be a way off, but for now, we can definitely watch this short on repeat.

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Lauren O'Callaghan

Lauren O'Callaghan is the former Entertainment Editor of GamesRadar+. You'd typically find Lauren writing features and reviews about the latest and greatest in pop culture and entertainment, and assisting the teams at Total Film and SFX to bring their excellent content onto GamesRadar+. Lauren is now the digital marketing manager at the National Trust.