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Albert Pyun (born 1954) is a Hawaiian film director best known for having made many low-budget B-movies and direct-to-video action films. The State of Hawaii ( or həˈwaɪʔiː Hawaiian: Mokuāina o Hawaii) is a state in the United States located on an Archipelago in the The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The State of Hawaii ( or həˈwaɪʔiː Hawaiian: Mokuāina o Hawaii) is a state in the United States located on an Archipelago in the A film director, or filmmaker, is a person who directs the making of a Film. A low-budget Film is a motion picture shot on limited budget Young or unknown directors often make low-budget films due to a lack of funding from studios who A B movie is a motion picture made on a low or modest budget Originally the term was used for films intended for distribution as the less-publicized second half of a Double Action movies are a Film genre where action sequences such as fights, Shootouts Stunts Car chases or explosions either take precedence He frequently blends kickboxing and hybrid martial arts with science fiction and dystopic or post-apocalyptic themes, which often include cyborgs. For the combat sport see Mixed martial arts. Hybrid martial arts (also known as hybrid fighting systems) refer to Martial arts A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος alternatively cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society A cyborg is a Cybernetic Organism ( ie, an organism that has both artificial and natural systems
His career has had a number of different phases. His early work in the early-to-mid-1980s was marked by imaginative, if uneven fantasy films such as The Sword and the Sorcerer, Radioactive Dreams and Vicious Lips. The Sword and the Sorcerer is a 1982 fantasy film starring Lee Horsley, Richard Lynch, and Richard Moll, directed by Albert Pyun. Radioactive Dreams marked a collaboration with John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Into the Blue, Turistas) who would go on to write and act in Dangerously Close (1986) for Pyun. Radioactive Dreams is also notable as the second collaboration with Oscar-winning Special Make Up Effects guru Greg Cannom (Dracula, Van Helsing), with whom Pyun would work steadily into the 1990s, and as the first film editing for Oscar winners David Brenner (Wall Street) and Joe Hutchings (Born on the Fourth of July). Greg Cannom is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist Cannom has been nominated for eight Academy Awards and has won three times David Brenner (born February 4, 1945) is an American Standup comedian, Actor, Author, and Filmmaker. Wall Street is a 1987 American film directed by Oliver Stone and features Charlie Sheen as a young stockbroker desperate Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 Film adaptation of the Autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran
Pyun's career took a slightly more mainstream turn with the acclaimed thriller Dangerously Close, which he followed with a romantic adventure film, Down Twisted, starring Carey Lowell, Charles Rocket, and Courteney Cox. Dangerously Close is a 1986 action/thriller Film. Plot At an elite school a group of student who call themselves "The Sentinels" Carey Lowell (born February 11, 1961) is an American actress and former model. Charles Rocket ( August 24, 1949 &ndash October 7, 2005) was an American film and television actor notable for his tenure as Courteney Cox (born June 15 1964 also known as Courteney Cox Arquette, is an American actress, Film producer, and former model
The late 1980s found Pyun making some of his most interesting if poorly-received movies, such as supermodel Kathy Ireland's acting debut in Alien from LA, a PG children's fairy tale, and Cyborg which starred, "The Muscles from Brussels," Jean-Claude Van Damme, then at the start of his career. Kathy Ireland (born March 20, 1963) is an American model, Actress, businesswoman and CEO of her Eponymous brand product marketing Alien From LA is a 1988 Science fiction film that stars Kathy Ireland as a young woman who visits the underground civilization of Atlantis Cyborg is a 1989 action / sci-fi film directed by Albert Pyun. During this era, Pyun made his three-day cult classic Deceit for $25,000. It is still consider one of his best experimental efforts. In 1989 he began the ill-fated Captain America which was severely hampered when the financing fell out. The film limped to completion a mere shadow of the film it was intended to be.
The 1990s found Pyun moving from film to film with very little in the way of personal cinema. The exceptions were his groundbreaking and still-admired (1992) film Nemesis (film), starring Olivier Gruner, with a young Thomas Jane; his offbeat love story Brainsmasher... A Love Story (1993) with Teri Hatcher and Andrew Dice Clay; and Mean Guns (1997) with Christopher Lambert and Ice-T. Nemesis is a 1993 science fiction Film by director Albert Pyun, who also made the movie Cyborg. Olivier Gruner (born 2 August 1960 in Paris France) is a former Commando Marine and World Kickboxing Champion Thomas Jane (born February 22, 1969) is an American Actor, known for his roles in the 1999 film Deep Blue Sea, the Brainsmasher A Love Story is a 1993 American Romantic-comedy Film written and directed by Albert Pyun. Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8 1964) is an American Actress. Andrew "Dice" Clay (born Andrew Clay Silverstein on September 29, 1957, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American Mean Guns is a 1997 Action film starring Ice T, Christopher Lambert, Michael Halsey, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, and Christopher Lambert (born March 29, 1957 as Christophe Guy Denis Lambert) is an American -born French actor
Having trained under the legendary Akira Kurosawa, he has been acknowledged for squeezing dramatic cinematography into otherwise low budget productions. See also Filmmaking Cinematography (from Greek: kinesis κινησις (movement and grapho γραφω (to record is the discipline Japanese superstar Toshiro Mifune and Kurosawa's cameraman Takao Saito were Pyun's mentors and it's clear his eye was trained by his experience in Japan. Toshirō Mifune (ja 三船 敏郎 Mifune Toshirō toɕiɺoː 1 April, 1920 – 24 December, 1997) was a Japanese Takao Saito ( Japanese 斎藤孝雄 (born March 5, 1920) is a Japanese Cinematographer who frequently collaborated with filmmaker For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. His most successful works include The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982), Cyborg (1989), and Nemesis (1993). The Sword and the Sorcerer is a 1982 fantasy film starring Lee Horsley, Richard Lynch, and Richard Moll, directed by Albert Pyun. Cyborg is a 1989 action / sci-fi film directed by Albert Pyun. Nemesis is a 1993 science fiction Film by director Albert Pyun, who also made the movie Cyborg. His low-profile 1985-movie Radioactive Dreams won The Golden Raven at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film. Radioactive Dreams is a 1985 Post-apocalyptic sci fi - Comedy film about a two young men who have spent the last fifteen years The Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film was created in 1983 as a venue for horror, thriller and science fiction films A few of his films have gained large, worldwide cult followings. A cult film is a Film that has acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans.
Pyun founded the Filmwerks production company in 1994, which he left in 1999. Although Pyun has been long considered a direct-to-video king, a number of Pyun's films played in US big-screen cinemas: The Swords and the Sorcerer, Radioactive Dreams, Dangerously Close, Down Twisted, Alien from LA, Cyborg, Kickboxer 2, Nemesis and Adrenalin. . . Fear the Rush. He's worked with an odd mix of stars, like Charlie Sheen, Rutger Hauer, Snoop Dogg, Ice T, Christopher Lambert, Teri Hatcher, Courteney Cox, Thomas Jane, Dennis Hopper, Tom Sizemore, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Burt Reynolds, Rob Lowe, Mario Van Peebles, Nas, Natasha Henstridge, Big Pun, Fat Joe and Kris Kristofferson.
The late 1990s through 2004 found Pyun involved in uninspired films and with a succession of new, but highly dubious producers. The quality of his work plummeted when he no longer worked with his longtime producer Tom Karnowski and cinematographer George Mooradian. In 2004 Pyun went to the US territory of Guam, and along with film producer John Laing, convinced the Guam government to put up a one million dollar loan guarantee to finance their film Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon. Guam ( Chamorro: cha Guåhån) officially the Territory of Guam, is an island in the western Pacific Ocean and is an organized unincorporated Max Havoc Curse of The Dragon is an action film directed by Albert Pyun on the island of Guam in 2004 In 2006 producer John Laing defaulted on the film's loan, and Guam lost its million dollar guarantee. According to a 6/13/07 article in The Los Angeles Times, Laing blamed Pyun for the failure of the film. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed The fiasco is currently in litigation, both in California and in Guam. 
His latest project, the 2005 film Infection, used unconventional camera work and cinematography: 68 minutes in length, it is one single uninterrupted sequence shot from a surveillance camera position mounted inside a police car. Closed-circuit television ( CCTV) is the use of Video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place limited set of monitors A police car is the description for a vehicle used by Police, to assist with their duties in patrolling and responding to incidents It was shot in high-definition digital video and captured directly to a hard disk drive. The film won Best Picture and Best Director at Spain's 2005 Estepona International Film Festival and was acquired by Lions Gate Films for release on December 18, 2007. Events 218 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal 's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. It also screened at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film to great acclaim. The film was invited to participate in more than 20 film festivals around the world. The title of the film was changed by Lions Gate Entertainment to Invasion so as not to be confused with an earlier Lions Gate release. Lionsgate redirects here For other meanings see Lions' Gate (disambiguation.
In 2005, Pyun increased his directing activity. He directed Cool Air and Bulletface in 2006 (winner of Best Experimental at the 2006 Northwest Projections Film Festival) and has directed Left for Dead and From Beyond so far in 2007. The resurgence might be due to the intense interest his films have recently received due to the Internet. His profile worldwide has increased dramatically since 2004, with Pyun being the center of discussion on many Websites and in the media. It's clear this has raised awareness of Pyun and his lengthy body of work. In 2006 alone, eight of his films were re-released, including his one romantic comedy, Brainsmasher. . . A Love Story. Projects in his future with such notable producers as Mario Kassar (Sweating Bullets) indicate a willingness to move up to studio budgets for the first time in his career. Mario Kassar (ماريو كسار (born October 10, 1951 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a film Producer and industry executive whose projects
On September 8, 2007 Pyun won Best Director for "Left For Dead" at the 8th Edition of the Estepona International Film festival of Horror and Fantasy. Events 70 - Roman forces under Titus sack Jerusalem. 1264 - The Statute of Kalisz Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Victoria Maurette won Best Actress honors on November 1, 2007 at the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre International Film Festival for her lead performance in "Left For Dead". Events 996 - Emperor Otto III issues a deed to Gottschalk Bishop of Freising which is the oldest known document using the name Ostarrîchi Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. On November 1, 2007 in Cape Town, Left For Dead received the Audience Award from the 2007 Horrorfest South Africa. Events 996 - Emperor Otto III issues a deed to Gottschalk Bishop of Freising which is the oldest known document using the name Ostarrîchi Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The film was acquired for North America distribution in 2008 by Grindstone Entertainment, a division of Mandate Pictures.
On December 18, 2007 Invasion AKA Infection was released in the United States on DVD by Lions Gate Films. Events 218 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal 's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The film received these initial following reviews (from December 19 to December 26):
"Invasion" opened at number four on the Rentrack rankings of direct to dvd releases for the week Dec 18-23. It was number seven the following week.
"Left For Dead" will be released in North America on March 4, 2008 via Lions Gate Films. Initial reviews of the film: