Albert Pyun has made a career out of famous and infamous cult movies. Two of them are getting the double-bill treatment: ‘Mean Guns‘ and ‘Nemesis‘…
Impact has long championed the work of cult director Albert Pyun in a career that’s taken in pretty much every genre… from sword and sorcery with, well, yes… The Sword & the Sorcerer, Marvel superheroes… the original Captain America, post-apocalyptic Jean-Claude Van Damme’ry in Cyborg, kickboxing cyborgs in Knights and Heatseeker, Kickboxing in Bloodmatch, Kickboxer 2 & Kickboxer 4, cyberpunk in the Nemesis franchise, the famous Mean Guns through semi-sequels to Streets of Fire with Road to Hell, and even a Winning Charlie Sheen going to Glasgow (as ‘Charles Sheen’) with Post Mortem!
A little less prolific than he used to be, Pyun has been fighting the emotional and physical effects of Multiple Sclerosis but continues to inspire. While it may have slowed him down, it hasn’t stopped him from film-making and Pyun recently premiered his latest project Interstellar Warfare.
Now two of Pyun’s best hit shiny discs on both DVD & Blu-ray as a double bill set featuring Mean Guns and Nemesis…. first in France at the end of April but with possibly other territories to follow.
Mean Guns could best be described as Battle Royale meets The Raid… in a prison! A crime lord takes over a soon-to-open prison and brings together 100 people who have betrayed him and his syndicate. He dumps them in the prison with various weaponr, and gives them six hours to fight it out before his men move in and kill everyone. The last three survivors will walk out with their lives and a prize of US$10 million to split between them.
The cast includes the original Highlander Christopher Lambert, and a number of familiar faces from Pyun’s repertory company Law & Order‘s Ice-T, Michael Halsey (Angel) , Deborah Van Valkenburgh (The Warriors) Thom Matthews from Return of the Living Dead and Yuji Okumoto from Karate Kid 2. Its a stylish action thriller that shows once again just how well Pyun can deliver a big movie on a modest budget and schedule.
Nemesis is one of my all-time-favourite Pyun movies. It’s a stylish fast paced cyberpunk action thriller. Olivier Gruner plays Alex Rain, a man struggling to retain his humanity as he becomes more machine than man, battling cyber terrorists and a cyborg takeover in a ‘world gone wild’. Gruner gives a great performance that’s both physical and sensitive as his character uncovers the reality of the world and the true motives of those around him. Gruner got into incredible physical shape for the movie and pulls off some very impressive action including an action sequence borrowed by Kate Beckinsale’s character in Underworld as he shoots his way down through a building floor by floor. Frequent Pyun players Tim Thomerson (Trancers), Brion James (Bladerunner), Cary Tagawa (Kickboxer 2), Deborah Shelton (Dallas), Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and Vincent Klynn from Cyborg co-star.
Here’s hoping more of Pyun’s output gets the right treatment when it hits shiny disc, Pyun’s made a lot of cult classics and here’s to giving them and Pyun the attention they deserve…