Albert Pyun, Director of Cult Movies ‘Cyborg’ and ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer,’ Dies at 69

Albert Pyun, Director of Cult Movies ‘Cyborg’ and ‘The Sword and the Sorcerer,’ Dies at 69

The B-movie filmmaker furthermore directed 1990’s bid-to-video ”Captain The United States“

(inset) Albert Pyun; “The Sword and the Sorcerer” (IMDb; Cannon Movies)

Albert Pyun, the prolific director of low-funds B-movies ranging from “The Sword and the Sorcerer” to “Cyborg” to a 1992 bid-to-video model of “Captain The United States,” died Saturday at age 69, in keeping with a Facebook guide from his indispensable other and producer, Cynthia Curran.

“I sat with him for his final breath that sounded admire he was as soon as releasing the weight of the enviornment,” Curran wrote. A lot of years ago, Pyun was as soon as recognized with just a few sclerosis and dementia.

Born in Hawaii, Pyun bought his commence in film after meeting Eastern superstar Toshiro Mifune, who brought him to Japan to intern on a TV series he was as soon as doing. After working as a commercial film editor for various years, then moved to Los Angeles and took his shot on the 1982 low-funds delusion film known as “The Sword and the Sorcerer.”

The film modified into a low-funds break, grossing $39 million and incomes Richard Lynch a Saturn Award for Finest Supporting Actor. It furthermore earned Pyun the eye of mainstream Hollywood studios. He was as soon as briefly connected to bid “Complete Make a choice” for Current, and did bid the John Stockwell-Carey Lowell thriller “Dangerously Shut” (1986) and the Carey Lowell thriller “Down Twisted” (1987) for Menahem Golan’s Cannon Movies.

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Pyun followed those movies with the martial arts cyberpunk hit “Cyborg” (1989), starring Jean Claude Van Damme as a mercenary in a post-apocalyptic The United States. The film grossed $10 million in theaters, however proved valuable extra winning on dwelling video the achieve it developed a cult following that justified two sequels.

In 1990, Pyun directed “Captain The United States,” a free retelling of the Wonder Comics superhero’s origin yarn starring Matt Salinger (the son of reclusive author J.D. Salinger). The film modified into mired in criminal rights considerations and was as soon as released on cable TV and bid-to-video in 1992.

In the 1990s, Pyun persisted to bid low-funds genre fare admire “Kickboxer 2” that seldom obtained over critics though they repeatedly turned a profit. He furthermore labored with up-and-coming actors admire Teri Hatcher, Charlie Sheen and Grab Lowe.

By the 2000s, he recurrently turned to older actors such as Steven Seagal and Dennis Hopper, stars of the 2001 action film “Ticker,” or Kevin Sorbo and Michael Paré within the 2010 delusion “Tales of an Venerable Empire.” He performed his closing film, “Interstellar Civil Battle” starring Kenzie Phillips in 2017.

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