While doing some humble writing yesterday, I had Kill Bill on in the background. Here's the thing; I truly believe that Quentin Tarantino wrote Kill Bill for me; a girl who grew up on horror, kung fu, old movies and John Hughes. It's one of the finest love stories of the last ten years AND it has blood, gore and super awesome fight scenes. I can still recall how giddy I was when I left that theatre; I wanted to kick everyone because, in my head, I am a super skilled fighter, much like The Bride.
Many years later, I was so excited to see The Raid:Redemption I couldn't even see straight. I was, literally, the only female in the entire theatre and I think I was the most excited person in there. I dragged my husband with me so I could try to fight him as we left the film. He didn't go for that.
To celebrate the arrival of The Raid 2:Berandal on V.O.D., I would like to talk about the best thing to happen to this secret kung fu fighter since The Bride. Hammer Girl.
Gareth Evans, writer and director of both The Raid films has stated that Hammer Girl was a character that he had created before the first The Raid film came out. As he tells Fangoria, Hammer Girl is a character and concept that has lived in his mind since Berandal was merely a concept. "I wanted to have this pop icon look to someone. In the first film, Merantau, we had a lot of people maybe mention some misogynistic quotes about the lack of a strong female character. Because I was going to do Bernadal before The Raid, Hammer Girl existed since then. She was my answer to that. I'll give you someone reallly aggressive, hard, tough, cold blooded, but beautiful, elegant and capable of killing you with a hammer."
Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man are rarely far from one another because they are a double act. Evans tells Empire.com that , "Baseball Bat Man and Hammer Girl are brother and sister. The backstory is that when they were children they suffered at the hands of an abusive parent and when they killed him they were taken under Bejo's wing. There's a sense that neither of them have matured at all so there's a childlike way about how they take out their targets." Evans goes on to explain that Hammer Girl was influenced by "things like Chungking Express and this idea of a female assassin who's super cool."
Evans has stated multiple times that Hammer Girl may return in comic book form, however, her own movie spin off is highly unlikely.
When asked if the franchise will continue, Evans told DigitalSpy, "Definitely. I want to make it. It's very different from The Raid 1 and 2."
Once again, I will be the sole female in the movie theatre when The Raid 3 comes out and I am not above dressing just like my favorite character. Ladies, how can you not love a woman in a cute dress, fierce shades and practical boots who kicks serious ass? She has great style and she can take you out with something as simple as a hammer; she is my spirit animal.