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Albert Pyun is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 19 may 1953 at Hawaii (USA)

Albert Pyun

Albert Pyun
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Nationality USA
Birth 19 may 1953 at Hawaii (USA)
Death 26 november 2022 (at 69 years)

Albert Pyun (born May 19, 1953) is an American film director best known for having made many low-budget B-movies and direct-to-video action films. The Independent Film Channel said of Pyun's career: "(He has) carved out a unique niche as a director of low-budget, high-concept genre films starring actors past their prime" adding that "others believe this a charitable description for Pyun, who has also been derided as the new Ed Wood." Though he frequently blends kickboxing and hybrid martial arts with science fiction and dystopic or post-apocalyptic themes, which often include cyborgs. Pyun stated in an interview that "I have really no interest in cyborgs. And I've never really had any interest in post-apocalyptic stories or settings. It just seemed that those situations presented a way for me to make movies with very little money, and to explore ideas that I really wanted to explore — even if they were [controversial].

Some of Pyun's better known films include The Sword and the Sorcerer, Cyborg, Captain America and Nemesis.

Pyun was a military brat and lived on bases around the world until his father settled in Hawaii. Pyun went to school in Kailua, a small town located on the windward side of Oahu. Pyun's first 8mm and 16mm movies were made in Kailua and he credits living in foreign countries and growing up in Hawaii as strong influences on his filmmaking style.


Pendant sa scolarité, Albert Pyun travaille pour des compagnies de production de cinéma et de publicité. À 18 ans, il se rend au Japon pour y suivre un stage, sur invitation de l'acteur Toshiro Mifune, qui prévoit de le faire engager sur Dersou Ouzala d'Akira Kurosawa. Mifune renonce finalement à tourner le film, mais permet à Albert Pyun de travailler sur une série télévisée japonaise dans laquelle il joue.

En 1982, Albert Pyun tourne son premier film en tant que réalisateur, le film d'heroic-fantasy L'Épée sauvage, qui remporte un important succès commercial à son échelle. Il devient ensuite un spécialiste des films d'action et de science-fiction de séries B et dirige, au fil des années, des acteurs comme Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal ou Christophe Lambert.

Best films

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

Usually with

Tom Karnowski
Tom Karnowski
(24 films)
Vincent Klyn
Vincent Klyn
(14 films)
Norbert Weisser
Norbert Weisser
(12 films)
(5 films)
Thom Mathews
Thom Mathews
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Albert Pyun (41 films)

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 1h46
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Menahem Golan, Molly Ringwald, Yoram Globus, Dolph Lundgren, Bo Derek, Marina Sirtis
Roles Self - Filmmaker
Rating73% 3.6957953.6957953.6957953.6957953.695795
Mélangeant interviews, extraits de films et images d’archives, ce documentaire retrace l’histoire de la société de production Cannon Films, créée par Menahem Golan et Yoram Globus. Dans les années 1980, ces deux producteurs ont sans aucun doute produit les plus grands nanars du cinéma, s’emparant de force de la machine hollywoodienne, et changeant à jamais l’histoire du cinéma bis.
Dollman (1991)
, 1h22
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in the future
Actors Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley, Kamala Lopez, Nicholas Guest, Frank Doubleday, Frank Collison
Rating52% 2.6478352.6478352.6478352.6478352.647835
Brick Bardo is a Dirty Harry type cop on the planet Arturos, which is many light years from Earth. One day, a criminal runs into a laundry venue where lots of plump women and their kids happen to be, and he keeps them hostage while police officers are outside the premise. Bardo humorously enters to do his laundry and the crook is rather surprised by this defiant act. After saving the scared hostages by causing the fat women to faint and fall onto the bad guy by threatening to use his gun to blow a hole through them - "the most powerful handgun in the universe" proclaims a young boy - Bardo instead of being hailed a hero, is shouted at by the mayor, who knows of Bardo's usually violent methods and Bardo was supposed to be suspended.


The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper, 10minutes
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Rating55% 2.768152.768152.768152.768152.76815
Cheryl Cooper (Tommie Vegas) wakes up in what she believes is a interrogation room in a police station where she is interrogated by Detective Ben (Shane Ryan) and young female rookie police officer named Officer Bardo (Brittany Bochart) about being found at an unfinished Las Vegas hotel where there has been a mass killing.
Cyborg Nemesis: The Dark Rift
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Kevin Sorbo, Dina Meyer, Sasha Mitchell, Steven Seagal, Vincent Klyn, Michael Paré
Rating75% 3.7524853.7524853.7524853.7524853.752485
A U.S. Marine special ops team awakens from a hypersleep in a locked-down underground laboratory complex with no memory of who they are and why they are there. They realize that something's wrong since they're all alone – the complex is abandoned. The team is forced to learn who put them to sleep ten years earlier and why – as they discover a creature has infiltrated the complex.
Road to Hell, 1h27
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Action
Actors Michael Paré, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Clare Kramer, Courtney Peldon
Rating52% 2.605122.605122.605122.605122.60512
A soldier who has been fighting a long war is driven mad because he no longer believes in any purpose or righteous truth behind the killing. He comes home to a surreal world looking for his first and only love from his youth, believing she will rescue him from his demons. On the road to Edge City, he encounters two seductive spree killers who oppose his efforts to find his love and the redemption he desperately seeks.
Tales of an Ancient Empire, 1h25
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Actors Kevin Sorbo, Whitney Able, Michael Paré, Victoria Maurette, Lee Horsley, Melissa Ordway
Rating22% 1.1235951.1235951.1235951.1235951.123595
Queen Ma’at finds her kingdom of Abelar under attack when treasure seekers accidentally open the tomb of vampire queen Xia. The Queen sends her half-sister, Princess Tanis, to the outlaw city of Douras to find her real father so he can save the kingdom. Meanwhile, servant girl Kara who shares the same father as Tanis, but her mother is Xia and discovers she (Xia) is really a vampire and begins hunting Tanis. Once in Douras, the Princess finds her half-brother Aedan and convinces him to help her. Together they locate half-sister Malia, another half-sister Rajan and her daughter Alana. With this small group they plan to thwart vampire queen Xia.
Bulletface (2010)
, 1h22
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Victoria Maurette, Steven Bauer, Morgan Weisser, Eddie Velez, Scott Paulin, Francia Raisa
Rating33% 1.673731.673731.673731.673731.67373
Dara Maren is a DEA agent who gets dragged into the seedy underworld of California/Mexico border smuggling in an attempt to protect her younger brother. During a drug deal gone bad, she ends up shooting and killing an undercover ATF agent and is arrested. She's convicted and incarcerated inside a penal colony just outside of Tijuana, where the prison officials harvest organs from the inmates. During her incarceration, Dara's brother is murdered by a drug lord who's also using human spinal fluid drained from his victims to create a new DNA-altering drug that turns those who become addicted to it into something not human. As hundreds of dead bodies start turning up along the Mexico border, and with law enforcement and government officials falling victim to its addictive properties as well, an old friend from the FBI manages to bribe the officials in Tijuana to let Dara back out onto the streets in order to bring down the drug lord and avenge her brother's murder.
Left for Dead, 1h24
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Action, Horror, Western
Actors Victoria Maurette, María Alché, Adnen Helali, Mariana Seligmann
Rating32% 1.620411.620411.620411.620411.62041
In Mexico in 1895, Clementine Templeton is obsessively tracking the wanted man known as Sentenza for deserting her and their infant child. In her travels, she happens upon a gang of former prostitutes led by Mary Black, whose young daughter was also impregnated and abandoned by Sentenza. They eventually locate their prey and corner him in a remote ghost town called Amnesty; which is haunted by the vengeful ghost of slain preacher Mobius Lockhardt, who has made a pact with the devil to remain as an earthbound spirit unable to travel beyond the borders of the town's cemetery and slaughtering any who trespasses. But there are many secrets surrounding the group and the town of Amnesty, and not everyone's motives are what they appear to be on the surface. As bloody betrayals and misdeeds come back to haunt them, they must confront their pasts if they hope to escape Amnesty and the vengeful wrath of Mobius Lockhardt alive.
Max Havoc: Curse Of The Dragon, 1h30
Directed by Albert Pyun
Genres Martial arts, Action, Martial arts
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Mickey Hardt, David Carradine, Joanna Krupa, Vincent Klyn, Marie Matiko, Richard Roundtree
Rating34% 1.723291.723291.723291.723291.72329
The story centers around Max Havoc (Mickey Hardt), an ex-kickboxing champion known as "Mad Max", turned globetrotting sports photographer. Max quit kickboxing after accidentally killing a fellow boxer during an unlikely comeback in the ring, but still suffers from flashbacks to the fight. After a bar scuffle over a biker girl (Nikki Ziering), his agent (Diego Walraff) sends him to Guam for a publicity photo shoot. There, Max encounters Tahsi (Richard Roundtree), his former kickboxing coach, now an antiques dealer, and promises to catch up with him later. While photographing an outrigger canoe race from a jet ski, Max rescues Christy Goody (Tawney Sablan), a vacationer who was about to be unwittingly run over by the canoes. In the process, he knocks over one of the canoes, earning the wrath its head rower, Moko (Pyun veteran Vincent Klyn). He is also admonished by Jane (Joanna Krupa), Christy's sister, for his brazen driving. However, she later apologizes and agrees to a dinner date.
Ticker (2001)
, 1h35
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Dennis Hopper, Steven Seagal, Ice-T, Kevin Gage, Tom Sizemore, Jaime Pressly
Rating35% 1.753771.753771.753771.753771.75377
The film begins with a SWAT team going into the house of a United States Senator. Someone is holding the Senator hostage. The bomb squad arrives in a helicopter and they rappel down into the house. Frank Glass (Seagal) is in charge of the bomb squad. Glass finds a bomb in the basement and works to disarm it while the SWAT team is in a shootout with some of the hostage takers.
The Wrecking Crew, 1h20
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Ernie Hudson Jr, Vincent Klyn, Romany Malco, Ernie Hudson
Rating22% 1.1221051.1221051.1221051.1221051.122105
A high-level government hit squad is sent into the streets in order to complete a deadly mission.
Corrupt (1999)

Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Ice-T, Ernie Hudson Jr, Vincent Klyn, Karen Dyer, Romany Malco
Rating26% 1.3191851.3191851.3191851.3191851.319185
After decades of street violence, two gangs have finally truced. MJ (Silkk The Shocker) has finally found a way to get out of the deadly hood him and his sister Jodi are living in. Corrupt (Ice-T) the only person standing in MJ's way of leaving. This will result in a deadly rampage between two gangs.
Urban Menace, 1h12
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Big Pun, Vincent Klyn, Romany Malco, Ernie Hudson
Rating20% 1.020641.020641.020641.020641.02064
Un prêtre cherche à se venger après que sa famille ait été tuée et son église incendiée par des criminels.
Postmortem (1998)
, 1h45
Directed by Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Charlie Sheen, Ivana Miličević, Stephen McCole, Gary Lewis, Ian Cairns, Alan Orr
Rating50% 2.5083852.5083852.5083852.5083852.508385
American criminal profiler and author James McGregor, who is trying to escape his past by moving to Scotland where he tries to drink himself to death, receives a fax of a stranger's obituary. The next day he is arrested and charged with the stranger's murder, forcing him to collaborate with the local authorities if he wants to clear himself and stop a serial killer.
Mean Guns
Mean Guns (1997)
, 1h50
Directed by Tom Karnowski, Albert Pyun
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Ice-T, Christophe Lambert, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Yuji Okumoto, Thom Mathews, Jerry Rector
Rating54% 2.700612.700612.700612.700612.70061
Vincent Moon (Ice-T) represents a crime syndicate that just built a maximum security prison which is scheduled to open the next day. Rather than killing them individually, the crime syndicate brings together 100 people who have in some way wronged the syndicate, provides them with weapons, and gives them a choice: fight or die. The assassins are given six hours to eliminate the competition, and told that the last three will walk away with 10 million dollars. Various agreements and alliances are made as the killers battle for survival and the money.