Albert Pyun loss of life: ‘Sword and the Sorcerer’ director was 69

Albert Pyun, a style filmmaker identified for cult classics corresponding to “The Sword and the Sorcerer” and “Cyborg,” has died. He was 69.

The prolific writer-director died Saturday night, in accordance with a Fb put up from his spouse, Cynthia Curnan, who “sat with him for his last breath that sounded like he was releasing the weight of the world.” No explanation for loss of life was given.

Pyun died in Las Vegas, in accordance with Selection, which reported that he had been identified with a number of sclerosis and dementia in recent times.

“He was generous; he had a huge heart and sense of fairness; he was brilliant, his work was pure joy, and what strikes me most in looking back, Albert always had GREATNESS. And he was able to spark greatness in others,” Curnan wrote Friday on Fb, the place she frequently shared updates on her husband’s well being and inspired his admirers to ship messages of assist in his closing days.

“I have always loved him, but 25+ years with Albert turned me into a devoted fan.”

In 1982, Pyun made his characteristic directorial debut with “The Sword and the Sorcerer,” which turned the highest-grossing unbiased movie of the 12 months in the US, in accordance with the biography on his web site. Different standout Pyun movies embody “Cyborg,” “Radioactive Dreams,” “Dangerously Close,” “Vicious Lips,” “Down Twisted,” “Alien From L.A.,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Deceit,” the “Nemesis” collection and 1990’s “Captain America.”

Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, who starred in 1989’s “Cyborg,” honored Pyun on Saturday by sharing behind-the-scenes images from the set of the science fiction flick.

“In great sadness and with a heavy heart I’ll say goodbye and RIP, Albert Pyun,” Van Damme wrote on Twitter.

Different business members who paid tribute this weekend to Pyun embody online game author Hideo Kojima, indie filmmaker Michael Varrati and actor Lance Henriksen, who labored with the filmmaker on 1993’s “Knights.”

Pyun “made the kind of fantastical, late night fare we don’t see all that much anymore and in the process made filmmaking seem possible through hard work and passion,” Varrati tweeted. “He was exceptionally kind and gracious. A cult icon with heart.”

“Albert Pyun was a go getter. He really was,” Henriksen tweeted. “His movies were so raw and on the edge. He worked hard his entire life. I really enjoyed working with him on Knights.”

In keeping with Curnan, Pyun directed a minimum of two motion pictures he couldn’t end and had hoped to adapt into “episodic TV.” Curnan has expressed a want to “complete and release his unfinished projects,” in addition to a director’s reduce of “Captain America” with an alternate ending she described as “transcendent.”

After interning for Akira Kurosawa cinematographer Takao Saito and relocating from his residence of Hawaii to California, Pyun helmed greater than 50 initiatives spanning three a long time. His web site bio was lately up to date to learn, “His legacy lives on and he will never truly die. He is with us forever.”