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Director returns to Sundance with high-kicking ‘The Raid 2’

A mob killer (Very Tri Yulisman) uses his favorite weapon, a baseball bat, in a scene from the Indonesian thriller "The Raid 2." Sony Pictures Classics
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"The Raid 2" director Gareth Evans.
Actor Arifin Putra is interviewed at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Director Gareth Evans is interviewed at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Iko Uwais is interviewed at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actress Julie Estelle is interviewed at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Composer Joseph Trapanese poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Yayan Ruhian pretends to choke reporter Michael Dalton at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Director Gareth Evans poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Iko Uwais poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Yayan Ruhian poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Arifin Putra poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actress Julie Estelle poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Yayan Ruhian poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Donny Alamsyah poses at the premiere of the film "The Raid 2" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
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"I’m not really worried about it. It’s one of those things where every decision will have a tradeoff," he said about the compromises made in Hollywood. "But if I continue to find producing partners who… have a shared viewpoint of the film and if they want the same thing, it will make it easier. I’ve been careful about that."

vince@sltrib.com

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“The Raid 2”

Sundance screenings:

Tuesday, 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre, Park City.

Wednesday, 8 a.m. at The MARC, Park City.

Saturday, 3 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library Theatre, Salt Lake City

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