Director Albert Pyun, known for directing low-budget hit films on VHS such as ‘The Sword and the Barbarians’ (1982), ‘Cyborg: Dragon Dragon’ (1989), ‘Captain America’ (1990) and “Nemesis: The Terminator of Androids” (1992), died last Saturday (11/26), aged 69.
The news of his death was released by his wife, producer Cynthia Curran (“Interstellar Civil War”). She had suffered from multiple sclerosis and dementia for years.
Born May 19, 1953 in Hawaii, Albert Pyun began his career working as a commercial director. It was only in 1982 that he managed to direct his first feature film: “The Sword and the Barbarians”, a fantasy film made with 4 million dollars and actors unknown to the public.
The production ended up grossing $39 million at the US box office and became the most successful title of the director’s career.
Since that success, Pyun has launched a long career specializing in low-budget action films.
Among his notable films are ‘Cyborg: The Dragon of the Future’ (1989), sci-fi action with Jean-Claude van Damme, and the first feature film based on ‘Captain America’ comics, which brought Matt Salinger in the role of hero Steve Rogers in 1990.
Pyun was also known for directing franchises, having directed several films released directly to the home video market. He has directed four films in the “Nemesis” series and two other films in the “Kickboxer” series.
Other notable films were “Radioactive Trip” (1984), “The Planet of Pleasures” (1986), “Alien – The Terminator” (1990), “Dollman” (1991), “Terminator” (1993), ” Game of Assassins” (1997), “Death Foretold” (1998), “Death Squad” (2000) and “Terror in San Francisco” (2001).
His latest directorial credits are ‘Interstellar Civil War’ (2017) and ‘Death Heads: Brain Drain’ (2018). Despite his ill health, Pyun continued to work and was involved in the production of “Cyborg: Rise of the Flesh Eaters” at the time of his death.
During a 2012 interview with Gizmodo, he revealed that he ended up making so many post-apocalyptic films because locations were cheap and easy to find. And that although he had directed several films about cyborgs, this was not a subject he liked. “It was a way to make movies on a shoestring.”
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