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Legendary director Albert Pyun would like to hear from fans in his final days

For the past forty years, director Albert Pyun built a great career. He started with the aptly titled sword and sorcery classic The Sword and the Wizard and has since directed such films as CyborgCaptain America (1990), Kickboxer 2, Kickboxer 4, Arcade, Nemesis, Dollman, Mean Gun, Infection, and much more. So much more, he has about fifty leading roles to his name. Unfortunately, Pyun was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis several years ago… and it seems he is now in his final days. His wife Cynthia Curnan took to Facebook to ask fans to send in personal messages so she can read them to him. Curnan’s message request 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 setback. I saw that he was afraid to go down again. He worked too feverishly. I asked, “What’s the rush?” He said, “If I stop, that’s it.” … Please write a message to him so that I can read it. A personal message from you to him will make him really happy. They think he doesn’t have much time left. Update: Albert cried happy and sad tears as he listened to your messages for him. He hates that he left you. by not finishing his last 2 films. He wanted them to be a 6 part TV series. He worked and tried like a maniac; it was all that really mattered to him. For Albert, failure has never been an option.

The message from the Sam Peckinpah page 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 has little time left. The Hawaiian-born filmmaker began his career under the tutelage of Toshiro Mifune and built a reputation as a B-level action/sci-fi director who brought memorable imagery and endless imagination to movies usually shot on very limited budgets .
Best known 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 sequences, often transforming them into surreal landscapes for his eccentric characters. inhabit. Cult classics like 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 certainly many of Pyun’s films gleefully fall into the so-bad-it’s-good corner of the cinematic legacy – but they’re all made on a wing and a prayer by a director with a distinctive artistic vision with a series of impressive cinematic tricks up its sleeve. Additionally, 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 alumni Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn, Rutger Hauer and Dennis Hopper.

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Albert’s wife Cynthia has been posting updates on his condition on her private page for some time and has informed us that while Albert is in his final days, he would love to hear from fans. She has given me permission to post this request here for my readers – and I now ask you to take the opportunity. Albert has been ill for some time, but his love of film keeps him going; indeed, he has worked tirelessly these twilight years of his life on new projects that he will never see. I think it would mean a huge amount if those of us who love cinema could express a few words of gratitude to a man who spent his life in the field and worked fearlessly against an often brutal industry to bring his artistic vision to the screen. .

If you want to leave a word of thanks for Albert, feel free to do so below in the comments. Cynthia will make sure Albert sees them. And by all means – share this post everywhere. Thank you, team.

So if you are a fan of Pyun’s work, now is the time to reach out and let him know that you appreciate the entertainment he has provided over the decades. I hope his health will actually take a turn for the better, but it will be good for him to hear from fans either way.



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