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Albert Pyun (born May 19, 1953)[] is an American best known for having made many and . The said that Pyun "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 ." Though he frequently blends and with and or themes, which often include , 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 , , , and .

Pyun was a 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 . 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.


Early career

While in high school, Pyun worked at a number of production houses in Honolulu before receiving an invitation by the Japanese actor, , to travel to Japan for an internship. Initially Pyun was to intern on the film, , which was to star Mifune but the actor decided not to do the film and instead Pyun found himself working on a Mifune TV series under the tutelage of Kurosawa's Director of Photography, ().

Pyun returned to Hawaii and began working as a commercial film editor at KGMB in Honolulu and edited commercials for agencies such as Bozell Jacobs and Leo Burnett. After several years as an editor, Pyun moved to Los Angeles to become a feature film director.


Pyun's first film, The Sword and the Sorcerer remains his highest grossing, eventually earning ,714,025 in the United States. Opening on April 30, 1982, it grossed ,100,886 which ranked the film second that week in America. received the Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Cromwell. During the production of the film stuntman was killed while doing a high fall stunt at in . While performing a 78-foot fall in heavy costume and makeup, Tyree struck his airbag off center, resulting in a fatal impact.

With the success of The Sword and the Sorcerer, Pyun was attached to several science fiction projects in 1984 including Total Recall, to be produced by Dino DeLaurentiis at , screenplay based on the story written by Ronald Shusett (Alien). At the time, , was attached to star.[]

His second film, , was awarded the Golden Raven at the 5th in 1987. "Radioactive Dreams" recently screened at ' 2013 eX Fest.

Pyun's career took a more mainstream turn with the thriller , and the romantic adventure film, , starring , , and .

In the late 1980s, Pyun made , featuring supermodel ; the film was later mocked on an episode of . This episode was released on DVD in March 2013.

Pyun's opened as the fourth highest-grossing film in America on April 7, 1989. It eventually grossed ,166,459 in the United States. 22 years after making "Cyborg," Pyun released his director's cut in 2011. A re-release on Blu-ray followed in October 2012.

In 1989, Pyun made , and Captain America. A director's cut of Captain America was released in May 2011.


In the early 1990s, Pyun made with and ; followed in 1993 with and ; and with and in 1997.

In June 1991, Pyun's film , written by (, , ), opened in theaters to mixed reviews.

Other 1990s films include: Knights with , and ; "" starring Tim Thomerson as a 13 inch tall Dirty Harry type cop from another planet. Jackie Early Haley played the villain; with and ; Spitfire with Henriksen, , and ; with and ; Adrenalin: Fear the Rush with Christopher Lambert and Natasha Henstridge; Post Mortem with ; Crazy Six with , and ; Omega Doom with and ; Arcade with , , Peter Billingsly and . Pyun also made his only episodic TV work to date for the / show with , and .


Pyun directed and produced for Artisan Entertainment in May 2000, which featured , , , , and Ice-T plus Chilli of the R&B group . In 2002 it was among five films honored for sales by the Video Software Dealers Association in the category of Direct-To-Video/Limited Release By An Independent Studio.

In 2004 Pyun went to the U.S. territory of and, along with film producer John Laing, convinced the Guam government to put up an 0,000 loan guarantee to finance their film . In his effort to convince Guam officials to approve the loan guarantee, Pyun told them that he and his producer (Laing) had a "sterling financial record" and that neither he nor John Laing had ever defaulted on a loan. In 2006 Laing defaulted on the loan, and Guam lost its guarantee. Laing blamed Pyun for the failure of the film. An out of court settlement was reached between John Laing and the Guam Economic Development Authority in May 2012 but up until October 2012 Laing has not honored the terms of that settlement. In late 2012 GEDA Administrator Karl Pangelinan reported Laing had made a ,000 payment on the balance of the settlement amount and the balance outstanding was ,000. GEDA officials confirmed the final payment was made in February 2013 bringing the matter to a close. Pyun was not involved in any of the legal litigation between GEDA and Laing.

In September 2008, Pyun began production on . Shooting began on October 12, 2008. The film premiered at , 's . The film was eventually released by Lions Gate Films in January 2012 and stars Kevin Sorbo, Michael Paré, Melissa Ordway and Ralf Moeller.


Pyun's film won the Best Picture award at the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in in 2011. Later in 2012, it opened the in where it won Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Song, Best Use of Songs, Best Use of Music, Best Visual Effects, Best Screenplay, and the Newcomer Award.

In late 2013, Pyun announced he had . In March 2014, Pyun's health had improved enough for him to film .


  • 2005 – Golden Unicorn Award for lifetime achievement at the Estepona International Film Festival of Fantasy and Horror.
  • 2011 – Induction into the B-movie Hall of Fame at the B-Movie Celebration.
  • 2012 – Lifetime Achievement-Filmmaker of a Different Breed Award at the PollyGrind Film Festival.
  • 2013 – Groundbreaker Award – BUT FILM FESTIVAL (Breda, Netherlands)
  • 2013 – Indie Genre Spirit Award – Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

Selected filmography



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