Rounin (TV Series)
| Erik Matti's|
Ang tele-epikong magdadala sa iyo sa hangganan ng imahinasyon
A TV epic that will take you to the ends of imagination.
|Genre||Drama, Romance, Action, Fantasy|
|Created by||Erik Matti and Philip King|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||25 (up to May 18, 2007)|
|Executive producer(s)||Joan del Rosario and Joven Tan|
|Running time||25-30 mins.|
|Original run||April 16, 2007 – present|
Rounin is an ABS-CBN television series dubbed as tele-epiko<ref name="Journal-Rounin-April">"Rounin: An Epic on TV" "Journal", Last Retrieved March 24, 2007.</ref> or TV epic. It is the first fantasy and martial arts series shown in Philippine TV and is said to be one of the most expensive locally-produced TV series aired in the Philippines.<ref name="Rounin-Expense-Journal">"Pag-iwas kay Rico, inamin ni Migz" "Journal", Last Retrieved March 30, 2007.</ref> It is also the first Filipino series shot using high-definition video technology.<ref name="Rounin-High-Def">"ABS-CBN launches biggest TV project" "Khaleej Times", Last Retrieved March 27, 2007.</ref> It began airing on April 16, 2007 in ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block. The series is line produced by Reality Films while Larger Than Life Productions is handling post, visual effects, VFX supervision, mastering and grading. The series is shot using Panasonic’s HDP2 technology.<ref name="Larger-Than-Life">"Larger Than Life brings DI to the Philippines with Nucoda Film Master" "DigitalVision", Last Retrieved March 29, 2007.</ref>
Rounin is the story of an elite group of warriors who live in a place called Lumeria.
The Rounin are tasked to protect the city and its inhabitants against the threats of Helion, the City of Death. Each Rounin specialiszes in a martial arts discipline, and is commanded by the master Rounin, the leader of Lumeria.
While battling their enemies, the Rounin strive to adhere to their tenets - one being they cannot fall in love with each other.
The show centers around the quest of a young Rounin warrior, Mythos, as he tries to piece together his past to unlock his true identity.
Cast and characters
The original soundtrack was released by Star Records which include ten tracks including the theme song entitled "Argos" which was composed and interpreted by the band, Bamboo.<ref name="Bamboo-Rocks-Rounin">"Bamboo Rocks Rounin" "Journal Online", Last Retrieved April 16, 2007.</ref> Other tracks include the love theme for the series, entitled "Iniibig Kita" sung by Kitchie Nadal and "Tanging Ikaw" performed by Shamrock.
Also in the Rounin OST include 2006 Rockista grand prize grand winner, Bojo who sings “Walang Hangganan," Acel Bisa (former vocalist of Moonstar 88) sings “Sa Ngalan ng Pag-Ibig,” Rock icon Kevin Roy, of Razorback performs “Kailanpaman,” and the superband, Sandwich sings “Humanda Ka” plus up and coming rock bands Bliss, Side Crash and North Groove performing “I Think Of You,” “One Last Time” and “Nasaan Ka Na,” respectively.<ref name="Bamboo-Rocks-Rounin">"Bamboo Rocks Rounin" "Journal Online", Last Retrieved April 16, 2007.</ref>
On April 14, 2007, ABS-CBN aired a TV special entitled "The Making of Rounin: Ang Bagong Mitolohiya", a documentary on how Rounin was made and conceptualized. It was hosted by Luis Manzano and Anne Curtis.
Rounin's story actually began in November 2005, when writer Philip King and creative manager Rondel Lindayag pitched the idea of the heroic "Rounin of Lumeria" to ABS-CBN executives. So unique and impressive was this idea, then known as project Mythos, it took them one and a half years to complete it. Searching for good location took them months until they finally found a 44-hectare abandoned cement factory in Binangonan, Rizal, and took two months to complete the cities of Helion, Lumeria, Vesta, Argos and Icarra. All of the cast went under three months of training martial arts like, capoeira, muay thai, judo, kali, arnis and wushu.<ref name="Rounin-Dos-Abante">"'Rounin' ng Dos, ambisyoso!" "Abante", Last Retrieved March 26, 2007.</ref>
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