Gareth Evans' The Raid is considered an action movie cult classic, showcasing some of the most brilliant and brutal fight scenes in any martial arts film. If you're unfamiliar with his work, that movie's influence (alongside Park Chan-wook's Oldboy) can be felt in Netflix's Daredevil, which on its own featured what might be the best single-shot fight scene ever filmed for television. So fans of Evans' might be thrilled to know the director is still hard at work making movies. He even uploaded a five-minute-long short film to YouTube today just to show he still has an eye for good action.
The short, titled Pre Vis Action, is a samurai epic set during a time of civil war. A young warrior has been sent off to deliver a treaty to one of two lords to help ensure peace, but she's attacked by two assassins in the woods. According to Evans, the fight was shot "in a bid to create choreography that maintains the style and rhythm set out in their prior work (The Raid 1&2) while staying within the parameters of a PG-13/12A audience friendly certification." In other words, he wanted to see if he could reach the same level of quality in his classic films without all the extreme bloodshed. Click here to see if he succeeds. (Spoiler alert: he does.)