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THE RAID 2

YAYAN RUHIAN was born in Tasikmalaya (West Java) on October 19th, 1968. He found his passion in pencak silat and became a professional instructor of martial arts and inner breathing techniques. The breathing technique was designed to condition the body to withstand any impact. It was developed at Perguruan Silat Tenaga Dasar Indonesia (PSTD) (Inner breathing technique Silat School in Indonesia) in 1988. During his time as an instructor he travelled regularly to teach in different cities and occasionally abroad.

Ruhian was a member of the demonstration team that performed at the Festival des Arts Martiaux de Bercy in Paris, France. Ruhian also showcased Silek Minang (West Sumarta - Minang style silat) at the Institut de Judo in France, Belgium and Holland. In 2008, Ruhian was hired as one of the choreographers for MERANTAU since the movie was featuring "Silat Harimau" (Ruhian is also a specialist in Silat Harimau). Casting for the role of Eric in MERANTAU proved difficult. Even after several auditions, a good match could not be found since the part required both dramatic ability and fighting skills. Gareth decided to have Ruhian audition for the role. Ruhian quickly demonstrated that he was well-suited for the role

Once MERANTAU wrapped production in 2009, Ruhian joined Merantau Films, along with Uwais as in-house choreographer. In 2010 he worked with Uwais on the company's second feature THE RAID: REDEMPTION, as both choreographer and actor. In 2012 Ruhian and Uwais continued their collaboration in THE RAID 2.

YAYAN as PRAKOSO Evans is quick to acknowledge Ruhian is an amazing fighter and even though in THE RAID: REDEMPTION Ruhian's character, Mad Dog, dies, Evans wanted Ruhian to play a part in the sequel. Evans wrote a supporting role for Ruhian as Prakoso, a killer trusted by Bangun. They regard each other as family and have worked together for a decade. Prakoso is depicted as a lonely killer who makes a good living but has lost his family. His wife resents him for the path he has chosen and has prevented him to see his son for years. He meets with her infrequently, only to give her money for the education of their son.

When I read the script and saw the character of Prakoso, I felt like this role would be a challenge for me as an actor. Prakoso is an assassin but he has such a good heart, he does what he can to provide for his wife and child. Even though his wife hates him and rejects the idea of him seeing his son again, he continues to fully support them. He is a man of few words. As Prakoso, I have to be able to find a balance and show both sides of the character: Prakoso the assassin and Prakoso the family man. In terms of the fighting scenes, it was also challenging because when he fights, he doesn't show much facial expression. His face is blank and focused only towards his target. In my previous roles all the fight scenes I performed required expressions and reactions, but this one I have to be neutral. It's a very different mindset. I have to prepare myself when the camera starts rolling for the scene. (Yayan Ruhian)

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