In the first trailer to action-packed film Wira by Adrian Teh (Paskal), we see actor Hairul Azreen in all sorts of action sequences within the two-minute trailer.
From fighting in the ring with boxing gloves, fighting in a moving bus bare-knuckle, and finally a knife-fight in a factory with none other than Yayan Ruhian (The Raid, John Wick: Parabellum).
What is already obvious from the trailer is just how fit and lean Hairul Azreen is in the movie, alongside fellow actress Fify Azmi.
In a press conference for the trailer launch, director Teh said that he put the actors through three months of intensive training, with two session every day, to prepare for the film’s fight scenes.
And one of those sessions was with Yayan, who also served as Wira‘s fight choreographer.
Teh said: “Hairul actually had three sessions a day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night. On top of that, he was on a strict diet because I wanted him to look a certain way in the film. At his leanest, he had less than 3% of body fat, which is something that’s not easy to achieve.”
As for Yayan’s involvement, Teh said that he tried his luck with Yayan and was surprised when the latter said yes.
“The minute he said yes, we immediately locked him down for the movie because I know the kind of quality I can get with Yayan.
“Once he got to the set, I was even more surprised at how humble and down-to-earth he is. Although he has done big Hollywood movies, he was very respectful of my opinions and what I had to say about the fight sequences. Now that is true talent.”
Wira, made with a budget of RM8mil, tells of an ex-military man named Hassan finally coming home after serving the army since his younger days. But upon his arrival, he learns that his father and sister (Fify) are in debt with a local thug (Dain Said).
To settle the debt, Hassan agrees to take part in a MMA match where he and his sister have to go against the thug’s fighters (Indonesian actress Ismi Melinda and Yayan) simultaneously.
Needless to say, things get worse before they get better.
Wira is scheduled to open in cinemas nationwide on Nov 21.