Over the past forty years, the director has Albert Pyun has built a fantastic career. He started with the aptly titled sword and sorcery classic The The Sword and the Sorcerer and has since directed such films as CyborgCaptain America (1990), Kickboxer 2, Kickboxer 4, Arcade, Nemesis, Dollman, Mean Gun, Infection, and many more. So many more, he has about fifty feature film directing credits to his name. Pyun was unfortunately diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis several years ago… and it appears that he is now in his final days. His wife Cynthia Curnan took to Facebook to ask fans to send personal messages so she can read them to him. Curnan’s request for messages was then given a signal boost by a Sam Peckinpah fan page.
Curnan’s Facebook post can be found HERE. She said, “Albert took another slump. I could tell he was afraid of going down again. He worked too feverishly. I asked “What’s the rush?” He said “If I stop, that’s it.” … Please write him a message so I can read it. A personal message from you to him will make him very happy. They think he doesn’t have much time left. Update: Albert cried happy and sad tears listening to your messages to him. He feels terrible about letting you down. by not finishing his last 2 films. He wanted them to be a 6 part TV series. He worked and tried like a madman; that was all that really mattered to him. For Albert, failure has never been an option.“
The post from the Sam Peckinpah site is HERE. They said,It has come to my attention that cult film director and direct-to-video pioneer Albert Pyun is very ill and does not have much time left. The Hawaiian-born filmmaker began his career under the direction of Toshiro Mifune and established a reputation for himself as a B-level action/sci-fi director who brought memorable visuals and endless imagination to films usually shot with very limited budgets.
Known primarily for his kickboxing/apocalyptic spectacles, Pyun was clearly a student of greats like Sergio Leone, John Woo, Akira Kurosawa and Sam Peckinpah in the way he staged his action scenes, often turning them into surreal landscapes for his eccentric characters . Inhabit. Cult classics such as THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER (1982), RADIOACTIVE DREAMS (1985), CYBORG (1989), CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990), NEMESIS (1992), KNIGHTS (1993) and MEAN GUNS (1997) will never be mistaken for cinematic masterpieces , and sure many of Pyun’s films fall cheerfully into the so-bad-it’s-good corner of cinematic heritage – but they were all made on a whim by a director with a distinctive artistic vision with an impressive array of cinematic tricks up his sleeve. Also, consider some of the legendary actors Albert Pyun has worked with: Burt Reynolds, Jean Claude Van Damme, Charlie Sheen, Lance Henriksen, Ice T, Christopher Lambert, Ronny Cox, Darren McGavin – and Peckinpah alumnus Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn , Rutger Hauer and Dennis Hopper.
Albert’s wife Cynthia has been posting updates on his condition for a while now on her private page and has let us know that while he is in his final days, Albert would love to hear from fans. She has given me permission to post this request here for my readers – and I am now asking you to take the initiative. Albert has been ill for a while, but his love of cinema has kept him going; indeed, he has spent these twilight years of his life working tirelessly on new projects that he will never live to see completed. I think it would mean a hell of a lot if those of us here who love cinema could express some words of gratitude to a man who has spent his life in the field and fearlessly defied an often unforgiving industry to bring his artistic vision to the screen.
If you would like to leave some words of gratitude for Albert, please do so in the comments below. Cynthia wants to make sure Albert sees them. And by all means – share this post everywhere. Thanks, team.“
So if you’re a fan of Pyun’s work, now is the time to reach out and let him know you appreciate the entertainment he’s provided over the decades. Here’s hoping his health will actually take a turn for the better, but it will be good for him to hear from fans either way.