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Martial arts action sequel 'The Raid 2' will premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Action auteur Gareth Evan's much anticipated sequel "The Raid 2" will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival tonight in Park City, Utah.

Image from The Raid 2
Sony Pictures Classics

A new theatrical trailer for the film was also released today. Fans can view the trailer at:

In "The Raid 2" Evans reunites with star Iko Uwais to amp up the martial arts carnage seen in his indie hit "The Raid," which told the story of a S.W.A.T. team trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Evans became enamored with the Indonesian martial art of silat after making his documentary "Land of Moving Shadows" during which time, he formed a partnership with Uwais, which has since led to three films: "Merantau" in 2009, "The Raid" in 2011, and now "The Raid 2."

In 2012, Evans co-wrote and co-directed "Safe Haven" with director Timo Tjahjanto for the "V/H/S/2" film anthology that screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Here's "The Raid 2" plot:

Immediately following the events of the original, "The Raid 2" tracks Officer Rama as he is pressured to join an anticorruption task force to guarantee protection for his wife and child. His mission is to get close to a new mob boss, Bangun, by befriending his incarcerated son, Uco. Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with corruption in the Jakarta Police Department while pursuing a dangerous and personal vendetta that threatens to consume him and bring his mission—and the organized crime syndicate—down around him.

"The Raid 2" stars Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.

Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films will release the film March 28, 2014 in U.S. theaters.

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