After one year and a half, the tele-epiko Rounin willfinally premiere tonight, April 16.
This ABS-CBN production will run for 16 weeks and isconsidered to be the country’s first high-definition TV series.
The Rounin are the elite warriors of the land of Lumeria.They are tasked to protect the city and its inhabitants against the threats ofHelion, the City of Death. Each Rounin specializes in a martial arts disciplineand is able to control various elements such as fire, wind, earth, water, andlightning.
The show centers around the quest of a young Rounin warrior,Mythos (Rayver Cruz), as he tries to piece together his past to unlock his trueidentity.
Cast members were given three months of training in variousmartial arts such as capoeira, muay thai, judo, kali (arnis at knife-fighting)and wushu. "Kung ano ang pinag-aralan nilana martial arts, kelangan alam ko kasi ako ang master dito," narrates DietherOcampo about his role as Cadmus, the master Rounin.
The five Rounin are Leal(Nikki Gil), Aura (Angelica Panganiban), Juris (Luis Manzano), Creon (RafaelRosell), and Venom (Jhong Hilario). They are joined by the Rounin-in-training:Raysian (Melissa Ricks), Mythos (Rayver), Selene (Shaina Magdayao), and Thalon(Joross Gamboa).
The lives of the Rounin-and their forbidden passion andlove-are at the center of this highly ambitious project from the Kapamilyanetwork.
Directed by Erik Matti, along with co-directors JeromePobocan and Richard Somes, Rounin is the country’s firsthigh-definition series. It was shot with state-of-the-art HDP2 cameras, givingthe production a movie-quality look that is apparent even to the casual viewer.
When PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked why it tookso long for ABS-CBN to release this show, executiveproducer Joan del Rosario explained: "Ayaw naman namin ilabas ng hindipinaghandaan. Alam naman namin from the start na matagal ang pre-prod nito,matagal ang taping, lalo na ang post prod. ’Yon iyong binibigyan namin ng time.
"As early as July,gumagawa na ang Larger Than Life ng CGI [computer generated images]. Sonakikita niyo naman sa trailer na maraming mga effects na ’yong isang shotlang, gagawin nila ng isang buwan. Kailangan paghandaan."
The Kapamilya networkbuilt three distinct kingdoms—Lumeria, Vesta, and Helion—from the ground up inan abandoned cement factory in Binangonan, Rizal. The fierce and fearless menand women of Rounin live in a unique universe-a land of two suns, threecontinents, and one world vast enough to contain its people’s passion, braveryand glory.
With all of these preparations, viewers can look forward tohigh-tech animation and amazing visualeffects sequences along with a gripping storyline that transcends our universe.
Rounin,which is produced by ABS-CBN, Reality Pictures and Larger than Life, premiereson April 16, after Maria Flordeluna.
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