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
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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