Yet I stuck with the man based on two great films. “This next one will be the one where he gets his mojo back,” I kept saying to myself. Countless Eastern Europe lensed action pictures starring rappers later and it was actually getting worse. Then I saw INVASION (aka INFECTION), his one take alien invasion flick shot from a dash cam of a police cruiser. Seriously, that is an amazing idea. With visions of the car driving over infected alien folks and smashing into things in my head, I was brought back to reality with a film that featuring nothing but a shot of the car driving over and over the same locations while a girl cried on the soundtrack. I officially tapped out in December 2007 and issued an A.P.B. (Albert Pyun Ban) in my vicinity.
“Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.” – Michael Corleone
So leave it to Pyun to announce he is doing a sequel to one of his classics after I wave the surrender flag. THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER was Pyun’s first feature and also his most successful. Released in the magical year of 1982 when the world was caught up in sword & sorcery frenzy (and beating CONAN THE BARBARIAN to theaters by a few weeks), the film went on to gross close to $40 million domestically. Not bad for a neophyte director. The tale of Talon (Lee Horsley) and his three-blade sword, SORCERER holds up to this day with great action and a bold sense of style. If anything could kick start Pyun’s flatlined career, it would be returning to his roots…or maybe not. Completed after years of delays and self non-distribution (a story unto itself), the sequel TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE finally saw legit release overseas and I was “lucky” enough to get the DVD from Thailand.
Second, this isn’t a movie, it is a short! I had to laugh when the action comes to a sudden halt at 68 minutes in. There is then a post-film tease of the sequel RED MOON and credits crawl that lasts 17 minutes to bring the film up to an acceptable feature length running time of 85 minutes.
UPDATE: As you can see from the comments below, Pyun took our comments about TALES with good humor. So much so that he gave us the background on the making of this project. You can read about that at the Tales about TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE posting from January 2012.